Is it me or are more people returning to wood?

Re: Is it me or are more people returning to wood?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:12 pm

now that I'm installing a coal fired boiler the consensus around these parts is that I've gone insane.


Indeed!!

I asked if i could buy some off of him until my wood guy could get to my boundary my delivery. His reply, "No, its my wood."


You'll have the last laugh when it's -5 degrees outside and he's trudging through a foot of snow to get more firewood as you're watching the "dancing blue ladies".
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Is it me or are more people returning to wood?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:19 pm

Wood stacked behind every house here also. A few new outdoor boilers, but the wood guys are working 7 days a week and have been since June. Much more than I've ever seen.

Remember, you can lead them to water, but you can't make them drink......... :oops: :lol: :shock: :idea:
whistlenut
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ&VanWert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks Boiler,Itasca415,NYer130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska-4,Keystoker-2,
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska,Gibraltor,Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Van Wert, NYer's, Ford,Jensen.
Coal Size/Type: Rice,Buck,Pea,Nut&Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Is it me or are more people returning to wood?

PostBy: CoaledWinter On: Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:40 pm

I'm looking for a wood boiler or fireplace insert also. I wouldn't mind having coal, wood, and oil all together. Oil just as a fully automated last resort.

I like burning wood because I have literally hundreds of oak on my property, and probably have enough come down naturally each year to last all heating season. I got about a cord out of two small trees that came down in a storm, and I still have a monster 2' and a half dozen 8-10" laying out there to buck and split. Plus, I have a shipping/receiving place near one of my job sites that constantly throws out pallets. I can burn the pallets and eventually have enough steel nails and staples to make money at the scrap yard, too. :lol: :lol:

Two key appeals to me for wood is that it's easy for my wife to keep filling if the coal boiler has a problem while I'm at work or out of town, and it's abundant. I know coal is cheap compared to oil, but free is even cheaper...

But, I haven't put my coal boiler in yet... If I can heat all season on $300 of coal, I'll be very, very happy with that.
CoaledWinter
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman-Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130M


Re: Is it me or are more people returning to wood?

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:57 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:
now that I'm installing a coal fired boiler the consensus around these parts is that I've gone insane.


Indeed!!

I asked if i could buy some off of him until my wood guy could get to my boundary my delivery. His reply, "No, its my wood."


You'll have the last laugh when it's -5 degrees outside and he's trudging through a foot of snow to get more firewood as you're watching the "dancing blue ladies".


He split all that wood a week ago and its not stacked or covered. Its raining. My stove has been going since last Saturday, much three ton of coal has been stacked know the driveway since July and its covered. But if it wasn't covered, I wouldn't care because the stove doesn't. I'm sure he'll have a lot of fun this winter.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Is it me or are more people returning to wood?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:23 pm

Well he would be off my list of neighbors to help out if the need ever arises. :D Even if the wood was covered it still isn't seasoned if he just split it.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Is it me or are more people returning to wood?

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:23 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:Well he would be off my list of neighbors to help out if the need ever arises. :D Even if the wood was covered it still isn't seasoned if he just split it.


Nope, I think his plan is to burn it towards the end of the season. I say this because he's got the newly split unstacked wood piled up next to his stacked, seasoned wood. He claims to have enough on property for three seasons. I don't believe him. I had four face cords on my property one year and went through it in 2 months; but then I was over-firing my wood stove and running it hard.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator