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Old 02-25-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
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Anyone else wake up in a cold house if they don't throw more wood in the fire at the 3am pee break?

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Thats why I drink beer at night. Have to get up and pile some more wood on the fire

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I was always under the impression that fireplaces were inefficient. As the wood burns, it heats up the immediate room - which makes it feel warm. Consequently, when wood burns it also consumes oxygen. Oxygen is pulled from the cracks and crevices in the windows and such of outlying rooms of the house, it goes into the chimney, and out into the cold thus leaving the remaining rooms in the houre colder they would have normally been.

I could be wrong but it makes sense to me. Not sure if there is a feasible solution other then central air...?

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Other than the work getting the wood and splitting it for me it is pretty much free heat. I use about ten cord a year and rarely hit the electric heat.

Fireplace heat is kind of nice feeling because you can heat it up really warm and it does not cost anything more. That and a nice pine fire just smells nice

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I was always under the impression that fireplaces were inefficient. As the wood burns, it heats up the immediate room - which makes it feel warm. Consequently, when wood burns it also consumes oxygen. Oxygen is pulled from the cracks and crevices in the windows and such of outlying rooms of the house, it goes into the chimney, and out into the cold thus leaving the remaining rooms in the houre colder they would have normally been.

I could be wrong but it makes sense to me. Not sure if there is a feasible solution other then central air...?
There are options for wood heat that don't include a fireplace
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I have a wood boiler it keeps my whole house warm for the cost of a fan after it paid for it's self. It also will keep my hot water hot with no elec. I m set to live off grid but not green

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I would also add if you throw a big pot of water on top of the stove you can get some humidity in the house. I live in a high desert and brother the winters are dry

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I have a wood boiler it keeps my whole house warm for the cost of a fan after it paid for it's self. It also will keep my hot water hot with no elec. I m set to live off grid but not green
Just look them up type outside wood boiler in google mine will burn for 10 to 13 hour with a full loaded box and the feed fan going. Depending on the type of wood . Ie skid wood 4-5 hr. , aged oak with a little white pine 14 hours
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Grew up in a house with wood heat. I was scolded for not jumping to the basement if the gas furnace kicked on, which was set to about 50.

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Just look them up type outside wood boiler in google mine will burn for 10 to 13 hour with a full loaded box and the feed fan going. Depending on the type of wood . Ie skid wood 4-5 hr. , aged oak with a little white pine 14 hours
I'd love to have something more efficient. We've just got an old stove, but I'm waiting til we decide if we're moving before I upgrade.
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