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post #21 of 22

 Be careful with that non-vented propane heater. We had one, and it put so much moisture into the air that the entire house got moldy. :(

 

We heat with wood with a vintage Godin Petite wood/coal stove. It heats our entire house (about 500-600 sq ft.) with no issues. My husband has permission from several people in the area to cut wood on their land, so the only money cost is the gas to run the chainsaw and haul it all back in the truck. The wood is from downed trees, so he's never cutting down new ones.

 

It's definitely not a method that you can just use mindlessly, though. My husband sets his alarm in the middle of the night to get back up and put wood on, and he has to haul a stack of wood into the house at least twice a day. Not to mention cutting, splitting, loading, unloading, and stacking.

post #22 of 22

We primarily wood heat and are looking for a new home with stove for primary heat. I love it. I think it works well if someone is home often. It makes heating a year round job in harvesting wood and kindling - having well seasoned supplies sure makes fire making and tending a lot easier and not smoky.

It has been my primary heat source for 9 years and I love it - come end of heating season happy to see it go but love the first fire of the year. We heat a large drafty farmhouse with a wood stove from 6 in the morning til 10 at night when we do have oil back up so I can't speak to tending overnight. For us a fan system is crucial but by putting one of our box fans in the upper corner behind the stove area and a small corner fan in the door way to the upstairs the whole house stays toasty. Moving the warm air around is crucial.

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