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Heating with wood burners/fire places only?

Discussion in 'How To Save Energy' started by sumi, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Nov 9, 2017
    sumi

    sumi Super Self-Sufficient Administrator

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    We put some peat briquettes on the fire yesterday evening. I slipped the last one in before 11:00pm, then left it for the night. Yesterday evening

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    I went to clean out the wood burner now, I'm late today, it's 01:40pm, and found this:

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    The peat doesn't burn as hot for me as the sticks do, but for keeping the fire going unattended for hours, it's wonderful!
     
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  2. Nov 9, 2017
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    That's pretty awesome! I don't guess I've ever had any experience with peat...except for peat pots to start seeds in, lol.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2017
    sumi

    sumi Super Self-Sufficient Administrator

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    I had to wrap my head around this peat burning idea at first. Then I moved into a house where the previous tenants left some briquettes, so I burned them and found they burn o.k. Same as wood really, slow and hot and almost smoke free. It smells interesting though!
     
  4. Feb 15, 2018
    wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Almost Self-Reliant

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    That purple hue makes it look radio-active, lol!

    We had 2 woodstoves in Wyoming and burned over 8 cord of ponderosa pine every winter. We had a furnace, but only used it as back-up heat. Many nights I got up around 2 am to stoke the fire. My bathrobe has the burn marks to prove it, lol.
    The first couple of years we were out there, we drove 2 hrs west to get Lodgepole pine. Dh split that stuff with a splitting maul and I stacked it. We bought a small limbing saw for me to use, he would cut a tree down, then as he cut the next tree down, I would limb the first and stack the branches out of the way. He would chunk the first tree as I limbed the second one. Then I would move the chunks of the first tree and stack them in the trailer when he chunked the second tree. repeat until too tired to think, then do 2 more trees.
    then, I met a nice lady that had a whole bunch of beetle killed pine that she let us cut up and haul off for free. She lived 8 miles away. We became good friends and helped her with projects quite often. Her husband had died a couple of years before we met her, so I think she enjoyed having a handyman she could consult with.

    Here in Wisconsin, we installed a pellet stove insert into the old fireplace. We went with pellets because our land is pasture and field, very few trees, and DH decided he didn't want to cut firewood for the rest of his life. He thinks we are going to get old.
     
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    Britesea

    Britesea Super Self-Sufficient

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    We bought a little grate that fits in a wood stove and will burn pellets. We use that during the evening, then add chunks of wood to keep the fire going longer into the night. It's nice, but I didn't want a pellet stove because they need electricity and I'm all about low-tech.
     
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  6. Feb 16, 2018
    sumi

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    So far, though we had an usually cold winter, I've managed with only the stove for heat most of the time. I did turn on heaters in our bedrooms a few times, but it was usually only for a few minutes, to get the rooms to a more comfortable temperature. I found burning coal in the stove gives off a lot of heat, to the point where I cannot sit or stand close to it for too long without burning!
     

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