Chris (and family) from Pittstown, NJ here. I just joined this 'forum'. It is my firstime in a forum, so I'm still trying to get used to the rules. I already posted a messege to the wrong category, and Richard slapped my hand.
I have been burning wood as my primary heat source, for 30 years now. Falling, Bucking, Splitting, and stacking. Yeah, it warmed me 3 or 4 times before it warmed the house
but its getting old (or is that me
). I never paid a cent for wood in all that time. 'FREE' is better than any cost for any other fuel type. The FireplaceExtrardinaire has faithfully heated our house for the last 10 years. I installed it myself, doing all the framing and trim AND chimney, for the new box. It is very similar to a 'Canned' firplace, except it is sealed with two glass doors, it is flush to the wall, and it pumps GOBBS of heat into the house. The only negative is, the lower level stays on the cool side. The circulation fan on the new forced hot air oil burner does move the hot air between levels (the fan runs at 20% all the time), but lower level of house still is cooler than we would like, and the free firewood won't last forever. Hence, the recent purchase of a Harman DVC-500. We ordered it on May 1, 2008, and it finally arrived Jan 21, 2009. EIGHT months of waiting. And I thought I was ordering it early enough to have it installed by the begining of October! HA! It will go into the pool room on the lower level. Theres no insulation between floors, so we are hoping the heat will radiate up to upper level. I paid $3000 for it, even though the dealor now says the door is a seperate cost. ???? Since we ordered in May2008 he says he threw the door in for "free". But he charged us thru the nose for two pieces of square Harman exhaust pipe ($500 total for the terminator and 45 angle)
. Anyway, I got it all installed this week, and just 'playing' with handfulls of pellets in the pot until I get some rice coal. I still have a barn full of Stihl chainsaws, that I am slowly selling. I have been rebuilding them one at a time, just for the fun of it. I enjoy being outdoors and playing with our kids. We have a 3 and 7 year old, who love the great outdoors. We have our own chickens for fresh eggs, although they are more like pets, and free-range around the house. Our dog chases away the raccoons and skunks from stealing the chicken eggs. I just got layed off from my job on October 1st, so I'm still looking for a source of income (Darn economy
) I am trying to take up a new career: Lottery Winner!