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#1 of 8 Old 12-12-2007, 08:48 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I've posted before about our insane oil bills. We've been keeping the heat between 58-61, etc etc and we've come to the decision that we need to look into alternative heat sources.

Our house although it was built in the 1890's has no fireplace etc. We are thinking of putting in a wood burning stove, but have no frame of reference for that kind of cost.

We're going to check out a place in our area that sells and installs them, but I thought I'd check with you mamas to see if anyone had a ball park idea.

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We put a wood stove in our garage its a wood furnace that you can vent bought it from Rural King for about $950 and then all the pipes knocked it up to about $1200 we've had it about 3 or 4 years now and have more than got our money back from our electric bills. We did install it ourselves so we saved that cost. A friend of ours has an outdoor wood furnace I know they cost a lot more but he heats his house and a garage and another summer kitchen and his water with it.

Good Luck nothing is a warmer heat than wood when we build our new house we are going to do what he has done.

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You should look at the pellet stoves ... the care is much less!

They are about $1000 at Lowes/Home depot. When I asked at a specialty show, it would have been about $3K - this included lining 3 stores of chimney, to put it into a basement fireplace. I think I could do it for less if we vented directly to the outside.
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Also check your home owners insurance. You have to specifically state you have a wood burning fireplace, and the cost goes way up.
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Also check your home owners insurance. You have to specifically state you have a wood burning fireplace, and the cost goes way up.
Yikes really? I didn't even think about that! There's always a catch isn't there?

Thanks everyone, I'll check out the home depot aspect too and the Pellet Stove too.
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I don't know how much room you have, but a wood furnace is another option if you have some way to get the wood in the basement without going through your house. They heat the whole house not just being hot in some rooms and cool otherwise. Our insurance is only $50. a year more expensive with the furnace. Our wood stove in our shop is also $50. We have a newer house that is around 1700 square feet and if we had to buy the wood it would cost around 850-900 to heat our house for the winter. My husband cuts the wood so it doesn't cost anywhere near that.
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I'll ask hubby about it when he gets home from work. He bought and installed our two wood stoves and the stovepipe for both. He knows the details of that - I know which cloth diapers I buy.

Homeowner's insurance - it depends. When we moved into this place it already had a horrible fireplace insert, which we almost promptly replaced with a wood stove. I don't think our insurance went up (much, if at all) though. Hubby did all the installations to code - which definitely makes a difference.

Plus, once we started heating with the wood stoves, it was actually nice that we had a few drafts in the house to help keep the heat down. We had been planning on getting storm windows and this and that, but once we switched to wood, more often than not we're opening up doors or windows to get it down from 89* (when one of us forgets to turn a stove down, or they're both going on low/medium burn and it's only 28* outside, whatever). Works well when the kids are playing outside in the snow and keep leaving the patio door open.

One caveat to wood heat though is acquiring the wood. To hubby, chainsaws are the equivalent of toys. He loves 'em. It's so cute seeing him get all excited about finding a deal on craigslist or something. Not to mention he actually likes going out and cutting down dead trees - he and some friends go out several times in August/September to get firewood for all of them. They have a good time together, get some exercise, and get enough wood for 'em all for the winter. But, my state's also really nice in that regard - hubby just goes and gets a permit from the Forest Service that costs $5/cord. They go onto FS land and just pull out the dead wood - heats our house and does the FS a favor to boot.

Growing up in a cold (furnace heated) house, my dad had a wood stove - just in case. In case of what, I don't know, but he only lit a fire in that fabulous Blaze King twice. He's just too lazy and prefers avoiding hard work (like dealing with firewood) that it just wasn't an option for my parents. You can't be afraid to get a little dirty.

Around here, pellets are kinda pricey. Especially when there's a run on 'em - seems to happen every year. Sure, they're technically not as messy because you've got a hopper or whatever, but again, it's a trade off. Our neighbors have a pellet stove because they prefer the less-work approach. Wood, you have to chop and continually load the stove. Pellets, they stack in a shed behind the garage and refill the hopper as need be.

And with the wood stove? You can totally roast marshmallows indoors.

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Yup your insurance will go up. We had a wood stove in here when we moved in. We sold the pipes & had just the stove, it wasn't hooked up or anything but our insurance did not go down until the stove was removed from our house.
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