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firewood burners #14054820 08/16/19
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just finished my 5th cord. last year with four i was a cord short so will do another.just to be sure. don't know what i was thinking as 4 has never been enough.
just wondering what others burn a winter? and where you are latitude wise?
we have a very efficient stove and a 2500 sf house.
i am getting to the stage in life i want to garden more then cut firewood so those in warmer climates may get a population jump of 2.


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Re: firewood burners [Re: deerstalker] #14056033 08/16/19
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We do not spend winters up here (15 miles NE of Sandpoint) but those around me do, some being loggers, and they all do six cords so that they are covered when a particularly cold winter comes. Good stoves and typically ~2k sq ft. You are in the ballpark.


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Re: firewood burners [Re: deerstalker] #14056513 08/17/19
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We are 60 miles north of your place ED, in the last 25 years here we have (depending on the stove) needed between 6 to 10 cords. Last year senility set in and i only put up 4. had to buy 1 delivered at 200 split and stacked. scrounged another from junk wood on the place. am getting to old and broken down to do that next year i think.
that is why i i want to find out what others need at what latitudes.. i hate the thought of going south again but if needs be, so be it.


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Re: firewood burners [Re: deerstalker] #14058921 08/18/19
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Depending on house size, stove efficiency, and how much they are home during the day, around 4-6 here. I cut firewood for my parents, MIL, and some for my BIL. MIL and BIL have back-up sources of heat so it isn't a make or break deal for them if they run short. Their amounts vary from 3-7 cords for the 3 houses. One big factor in wood consumption is if they are retired and home during the winter days or still working and gone from the house. Keeping the house warm all day burns a lot more wood and older folks usually like the house warmer.

My dad always likes to have a two-year wood supply on hand. His thought is if a cold winter hits, your going to be okay or if a guy gets hurt and can't cut firewood one year, you're still okay.

Growing up, we had a 3 story farm-house, poorly insulated, and we would use 10-12 cords minimum with no back-up heat source. Cutting wood was just as important as going to work, taking care of the animals, etc..

Re: firewood burners [Re: deerstalker] #14060675 08/18/19
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I never could cut wood in summer...too ho and too many bugs...I always wait till after deer season...
I burn only 3-4 pickup loads now...I don't have a big stove....I really enjoy cutting wood ..probably more than burning it...

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Re: firewood burners [Re: deerstalker] #14064438 08/20/19
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We live north of the Black Hills in South Dakota. Winter can be cold here at 45 degrees latitude but we can usually get by with four to five cords in a 1500 sf main floor area. Our house is not an open plan so it is hard to heat the bedrooms and you get uncomfortably hot in the living room.

I am getting older too and don't like splitting and hauling wood as much as I used to. These days we have backup heat with both forced air propane and electric with the electric being the best and cheapest. The electric heat is probably the best for us as it is controlled in each room.
I keep two years worth of wood around the place in case of power outages but am likely to go to the electric heat more and more and just keep a couple of months of wood around.

Re: firewood burners [Re: deerstalker] #14289781 11/18/19
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Late to the conversation. I burn about 6 to 7 cords. The house is 3400 sf. I'm near the 38th parallel at 2600 feet. I just turned 69 so I'm looking to cut back a bit & draw on other heat sorces.


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Re: firewood burners [Re: deerstalker] #14334177 12/03/19
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We don’t burn much in Texas, maybe a cord.


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