windyhill4.2 wrote:Since the topic makes no mention of the type of fuel,I figured I would post our wood usage & make most everyone feel better about their situation. From Oct. 15,2013 to Mar. 12,2014 = 22 weeks ,during that time we burned approx. 20 cord, 2 of our suppliers were supplying almost 100% Ash wood which burns quick,hot & leaves lots of ash behind,we switched to another supplier who has almost 100% oak & drastically stretched the burn time per cord. I do not have precise figures for all scenarios,but we did go thru 1/2 cord for Jan. 7,2014 ..... -5* a/m with high at 8* & 30+ mph winds, the Ash wood used alone took 1 cord for 5 days. I have no exact figures on the oak but it made a huge difference.When we figured out the Ash wood problem we cut a number of mulberry & a few cherry trees on our property & mixed the green wood with the Ash wood to slow the wood consumption,till we got 5 cords of oak dumped off early march. We are still hoping to go to coal b4 next winter,we shall see what happens.
That is a lot of wood to handle...and $3500 is plenty for all the work that goes along with it. You will be shocked at how much more efficient a stoker boiler is when you get one up and running. We went from 15-16 cords per winter + fuel oil for the real cold nights to 7 tons of anthracite per winter.
Is the OWB worth anything?