/ If it's cold where you live, what are you heating with and what is it costing? #191
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- Aug 31, 2001
- South Bend, Indiana (near)
- Power Trac PT425 2001 Model Year
At least someone else understands logic and reason.LD1, good try. You explained it clearly and with great detail several times.
The significance of it really slapped me when I quit burning wood after doing so for 25 years. No going back for me.
I have a long "to do" list on my farm that gives me all the exercise I want. My minimal involvement in cutting firewood is cleaning up deadfall or storm damage out of my timbers. My Sons both still burn wood and use it up. I pole it.
They come and block it and split it. I do the easy grunt work helping them. When we get a large trailer load of wood split I always make this comment. "The best part about this load of wood is that I don't have to unload it and burn it". We all laugh. Repeat next load.
Yes - wood prices vary by region - here in NH a cord of seasoned wood is $375 green $275. You can copy that table into excel and calculate for your area.Um.. I my world, a cord is $175 at max price, delivered.
Good post.It all depends on where you live I guess. I have propane and wood. Propane was $2.69 a gallon when I filled my 300 gallon tank in august. It is cold here. I used 11 cords of pine last year to heat my place. I use heat from about 10/15 to 5/15, 7 months. I get semi loads of logs and I cut and split. Using wood is about 1/4 the cost of propane. Propane is about 60% efficiency at my 8k foot elevation. Wood is a no brainer. But it is a lot of work and headache sometimes. I am jealous of my buddy who just writes a check for propane and does other stuff with his time. But it is a big check, one my account couldn’t cover.
Back in the day I piled my wood outside. That worked okay.The firewood producers can't even keep up here. I imagine that "seasoned" was gone months ago, and I can't imagine trying to heat with green wood. Some claim that ash burns good green but I have never found that to be the case. Even the tree I felled this spring and cut up into 4 foot pieces was still a bit stingy with the heat when I cut and split it for a fall fire.
Yeah, lotsa luck finding seasoned wood much past early-mid August, even that was probably cut over the winter so to call it "seasoned" is a bit of a stretch. At this point not even much green wood available. Ran into the guy I buy log length from last weekend, got my order in for next year even though I still have a year's worth left. Prices are only going to go up.The firewood producers can't even keep up here. I imagine that "seasoned" was gone months ago, and I can't imagine trying to heat with green wood. Some claim that ash burns good green but I have never found that to be the case. Even the tree I felled this spring and cut up into 4 foot pieces was still a bit stingy with the heat when I cut and split it for a fall fire.
That must be one serious lean to!! Mine's 7' x 24 and it holds a little over a year's worth. I cut and split well away from the house so sawdust, wood chips, etc. aren't tracked in. Stack it to dry in that general area too, fill up the woodshed in the fall.Back in the day I piled my wood outside. That worked okay.
Later years I built a leanto where I piled my wood so it was covered. Wow. What a difference. The leanto would hold almost two years of wood. So I never burned fresh cut. Words can't describe the difference.