February 3, 2006

Wood Heat

David St. Lawrence has a wonderful Blog -- Ripples. From his What kind of blog is this? page:
Welcome to Ripples: post-corporate adventures. Join me as I explore the brave new world of post-corporate life. This is not retirement, because I expect to be working for many more years. You can think of it as a corporate afterlife, where the rules are changed and, gasp!, you can make them up as you go along. I will be discussing everything from micro-businesses to artists, anything that can affect your future.

This weblog contains a running account of my adventures creating a viable career as a craftsman/ writer/publisher after 50 years of corporate employment. The range of topics is a result of my curiosity about many things that are not my business.
He and his wife recently moved to a new house which has wood heat. He likes it:
Wood stoves in the 21st century
Some may find it incongruous that I sit here blogging on my laptop in front of a wood stove, but I consider it to be the best of all possible worlds.

I am enjoying the incredible convenience of being connected to friends all over the world while a cheery fire burns in front of me. Lazy tongues of fire consume the logs I split this afternoon while I read articles written today by bloggers in Japan, the UK, Tennessee, Virginia, and Malaysia.

Unlike open fireplaces and traditional wood stoves, the modern wood stove is highly efficient because it uses outside air for combustion and, in most cases, employs an integral blower to distribute heated air through the room.
Preaching to the choir here (grin) as my studio has wood heat. The shop has wood heat too but I am building a waste-oil heater as the wood stove is quite an old one and the waste oil unit will have a lot more BTU output. The wood bin in the studio is about 2' by 2' by 4' long and when filled, lasts three to four days for outside temperatures in the 20's and 30's -- the studio is well insulated and the temp inside right now is 71. We have ten acres of timber. Do the math... Our house's primary heat source is a Propane Furnace but we have a catalytic fireplace as well as a wonderful old wood-fired cookstove so when the power goes out, we are warm and eat well... Roughing it... Yeaahhh right... Posted by DaveH at February 3, 2006 10:32 PM
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