You guys are crazy; an addiction?
They always said, in Maine you are doing one of two things: you are either thoroughly engrossed in winter, or getting ready for winter
, and that is true.
I am now looking at getting a new boiler, which will be my 8th heating appliance in 19 years in this house. I just have a fascination with trying to keep my family comfortable, at the lowest cost, and naturally coal
is part of the equation.
I do tend to look at things differently, and a long time ago I realized that what was costing me dearly; because I live in the northern part of the country, was heating stuff. Not just heat for my house, but domestic hot water, a clothes dryer, the kitchen range, water for the sheep, the chicken coop, etc. After watching my uncle try to use wind to make his home efficient and thoroughly fail at it, I realized that converting electricity into heat is terribly inefficient. My long term goal is to convert some of my high electrical demands into more efficient systems, like using geothermal heat to keep my sheep waters thawed from ice, or heat my chicken coop with compost heat. I nearly did the latter idea one year, obtaining all the stuff I needed to do it, but then realized by the time I formed the compost pile, I could have harvested a few cords of firewood for less time and money. Just because something will work does not always mean it is the best way, and that is what I love about this forum; people on here know heat and can discuss different scenarios in "outside the box" type thinking, without ridicule.