musikfan6 wrote: grizzly2 wrote:
It is too bad that the glass does frost and craze over time. However the cost of glass (good for several years) is about 1/2 the cost of an anual oil furnace cleaning.
Hey! That's a really good point. I always forget that you have to compare our maintenance to that of a furnace, and it ALWAYS will come up cheaper in the long run.
I totally agree. My oil is only used as a supplement in the morning when it gets consistently lower than 50/25 degrees. My house is a 62 X 50 single floor ranch, no basement and the Alaska is dead center, open to a family room that is 17 X 28. The oil heat is 3 zones w/digital thermostats.
I found by accident when my old furnace leaked and was without domestic hot water that a electric water heater only cost me $15 per month for hot water, 2 people. I borrowed a unused 115v 20 gallon hot water heater from a friend's barn for the summer until my new furnace was installed. After this revelation I installed a 220v permanent 30 gallons water heater, perfect for 2 showers at the same time. I piped it in like a water softener w/ball gate valves so that I can cut off either furnace or water heater so I can use either. I have the water trickling through the furnace first to take the chill off it when the furnace is on.
We haven't had the oil burner on since I started the stove, and even through the 6 days w/o electricity we've been as warm as usual. Even had others staying overnight until their electric came back.
Since I only run 300 gallons of oil per season, I only have it cleaned every 3 years, saving that charge. The person who cleans it said I could even stretch that farther, as it's only 5 years old. I'm not forced to take the maintenance plan for $300, so I've been pocketing that money in escrow for any service I might need.
To further substantiate my OCD on trying to beat the energy thieves at their game, please see my other post:Anyone attach aluminum or steel heat sinks to your stove?
I am seeing MUCH LESS coal usage after installing heat sinks on the slab sides of my stove. I'm using 1 less bucket for every 5 that I normally used at the same burn rate. Stack temperature is proportionately lower also, which means more heat is given off to the room in my estimation. I'm also emptying the ash bin less frequently. Without much calculation that's either 20 or 25% less coal being used?
Thanks for letting me brag...