How Do You Power Your Homestead?

How Do You Power Your Homestead?

  • Solar Panels

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • Wind Turbines

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Local Power Utility Company

    Votes: 13 100.0%
  • Solar & Wind Hybrid System

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Micro Hydroelectric Power System

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Portable Gas/Diesel Powered Generator

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 15.4%

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CrealCritter

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This thread reminded me... So I picked up my wife's wood stove out of the barn at her mom's. It has been sitting there for about 10 years. I loaded it in the back of my truck with her father's engine hoist. I took it to my neighbor John and he welded on it a little and brought it over with his tractor and we set it in "the Man Cave" my wife came home and saw it and she was happy happy happy... I need to get new fire brick for the inside and it needs to be de-rusted, painted and hooked up. But at least it's here now and safe to use, thanks to my neighbor. It's a Fisher Papa Bear make and model and heavy about 486 lbs. Supposed to heat up to 2250 Sqft home. Which is about right we used it to heat our 2500 sqft home in NC with 10 foot ceilings down stairs and 9 foot ceilings upstairs and it would run you out of the house. It will do fine in "the Man Cave" here in southern IL with small fires.
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More info on Fisher "Bear" Series wood stoves. --->https://www.firewood-for-life.com/fisher-wood-stove.html
 
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The house I just bought is oil furnace with baseboard hot water heat. Hasn't been run in 7 + years, so waiting on getting the tank reset on the blocks so I can get oil delivered and the furnace checked and all. I am looking at an outside wood furnace which will work perfectly with the baseboard hot water heat....they are expensive, and the model I am looking at is said to be the best by 2 friends that have it compared to other types....But he said that the payback is about 5-8 years and then.... there is PLENTY of wood available here and with us always cutting trees around hayfields and all.... plus I can get on a "drop list" for a tree trimming company... they are always looking for places to dump wood that is taken down when they are in a certain area... and also for chips when they are chipping stuff.... and my ds works for the DOT so there are always ways to get wood from trees down... with the ash trees dying from the infestation of the emerald ash borer, they are talking of having to start next year of removing trees that are in danger of falling into roadways and such. Ash burns good and splits well.....
My stove will be propane as I hate electric stoves. There is an outlet for an electric dryer, but I have a propane one that has been in storage for 20 years. I use the clothesline and prefer it. The current hot water is electric.... The electric company has an incentive to add solar panels so that will be something to look into next year when I get some trees and scrub brush and HUGE way overgrown boxwoods taken down. I will only put panels if they can go on the roof of a building... not wanting them using up lawn space.
Also considering a hybrid wind system to add because this ridge has a nearly constant breeze blowing here. Need to see what I have to do to check out the feasibility of it. I would give my eye teeth to be where I could have hydro/water power.... but no stream/creek here.
After I am into this house will have a better idea of what it costs for the electric monthly, and then will be able to make better decisions as to what needs to be upgraded first...
Let me know what you find out about hybrid wind. We live on windy hill here ourselves.
 

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I really like that stove @CrealCritter
Bet it will heat your mancave really well.

I have been trying to talk DH into spray insulating the garage/woodshop. They didn't put a house wrap on when they sided the building, and you can see the sunlight coming through the vinyl siding in the gaps in the walls.
 

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I really like that stove @CrealCritter
Bet it will heat your mancave really well.

I have been trying to talk DH into spray insulating the garage/woodshop. They didn't put a house wrap on when they sided the building, and you can see the sunlight coming through the vinyl siding in the gaps in the walls.
That's my wife's wood stove, she would not leave north Carolina without it and basicy made me move it. Long story short... I had it on a trailer when I moved it to southern IL. Stopped in Tennessee for gas, wife in the passenger set and this young lady comes up to me and said you know you can bring that stove over to my house. My wife jumped out of the truck and said. Missy, that's my stove! Well "Missy" turned around got in her car and drove off.

With insulation, I'm no expert here by any means but there are some real horrific stories about spray foam insulation on the internet. Fishy smells and toxic mold growth. Not trying deter you or anything like that but just do your homework first.

My experience with foam board in a basement was not so good. After a while it smelled like dead fish. I can see how spray foam could produce the same results. Call me old school but I still prefer good old cheap fiberglass insulation.
 
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The fiberglass insulation won't work very well with the wind blowing through it. I want an inch of spray on insulation to seal the walls. I don't think it will mold in this application because it is not that moist of an area. and there will be air exchange in the building. 1 inch of spray on and then fill the rest of the cavity with fiberglass insulation.
 

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The fiberglass insulation won't work very well with the wind blowing through it. I want an inch of spray on insulation to seal the walls. I don't think it will mold in this application because it is not that moist of an area. and there will be air exchange in the building. 1 inch of spray on and then fill the rest of the cavity with fiberglass insulation.
Gotcha... Maybe look into open cell spray foam vs closed cell. If I recall correctly it's the closed cell that had problems but like I said I'm no expert here.
 

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