I’m Not Crazy! I Heat With Wood.
Heating my home with wood is something that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been heating with wood for four years now. I took most of last year off as the demands of a new baby, kind of got in the way but, I’m back with a vengeance and renewed passion for it. I’m pretty lucky in that my partner is also a wood burner and we keep each others spirits up during the occasional lull (and sore back). I think the rewards are great as nothing quite heats like wood and the cost savings are substantial.
Can’t Be Casual
The first thing that you need to know about heating with wood is that it is something that you can’t be casual about. Whether you want to heat your house with a renewable form of energy, save a few bucks, or beat the “Man” out some tax dollars, you need to find your craziness that will bear you through when the going gets tough. Wood burners are the wackos you see on the side of the roads stuffing logs into Pick-Ups and Sub Compacts. So my advice is, own it!
It Is Hard Work
Another thing that you need to know is heating with wood can be a bit of work. If you want to reap the most success when it comes to saving money with wood you need to be getting your own. This usually involves lifting heavy things and having awkward conversations with strangers. The heavy lifting you can build up a tolerance for, the awkward conversations I haven’t mastered yet. Being that I live on Long Island and we’re more known for our Iced Tea than a strong self reliant streak. I end up with strangers looking at me like I’m crazy when I ask what they are going to be doing with their freshly cut down trees. They sort of give me the same wide berth they would reserve for the guy going through the recyclables on “Can Day”.
Wood Burning 4 Life
Lastly, you might end up driving your non-wood burning friends away. I’m not sure why they can’t talk for hours about the merits of different wood species or why they glaze over at the mention of seasoning strategies. Who wouldn’t find the catalytic vs. non-catalytic debate an entertaining way to pass a Friday night?
Okay, Maybe I Am Crazy. . .
So if you want to develop “quirky”habits, smell vaguely like smoke, build some weird muscle mass, terrify your neighbors, and drive away your friends, a wood burning stove just might be for you!
Mike’s note- Tonight’s post started out as a serious look at a wood burning stove as a means of cost savings and gaining a measure of self reliance. Someday soon I will write that blog but tonight the 15 month old, WON. Two big back teeth coming in helped beat up on Dear Old Dad. Which begs the question: Are Parents Masochists or Optimists?
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