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Fallen wood pile

Fallen wood pile

This morning I took a walk down the driveway to check out some of our winter garden and wood piles.  I knew I had one stack of wood that had fallen a bit on each end and decided today was a good time to re-stack it.  In this area I have 3 rows of stacked wood, approximately 4′ x 16′ x 5′.  I stacked it all!  We rented a log splitter for these wood stacks.

5 stacksWe built frames for our latest stacks.  These were some work, but made stacking and storing the wood very easy.  We have some other stacks of wood besides these.  This is plenty to keep us warm in North Carolina for a few years. It is drying nicely.  We have a mix of oak, pine, and poplar.  The pine and poplar actually works pretty well for all but the coldest nights.

Heritage Hearthstone stove

Heritage Hearthstone stove

Our wood burning stove, a Heritage Hearthstone, burns the wood very efficiently.  We clean the two-story stove pipe out twice a year.  It is designed so we can clean it from the first floor. The stove is covered in soapstone and puts out great radiant heat.  It warms our two story house without the need for any supplemental heat.

 

 

 

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The soapstone stove sits in the family room on a tile surround and hearth.

Last winter we installed a wood-burning stove to replace the electric heat.  We have 55 acres of wooded land, so it made sense to us.  Cut electricity use and save money, have heat when a storm causes our electric to go off, have heat if the electric never comes back on…We are also having solar installed and wanted to reduce our electric use to save money on the solar and battery storage we would need.

After using our stove for most of the winter, we love it.  It heated our two-story 2000 sq ft house without the need to supplement it with electric heat.  We used a variety of wood–oak, pine, and poplar, because that is what we had cut.  The pine and poplar worked well during the times when it wasn’t very cold.  The oak was good for the overnight fires.  These new stoves are efficient and don’t put off a lot of smoke.

It is necessary to get the fire to burn hot as quickly as possible to get the second burner going to burn the smoke and gases.  I highly recommend you use a thermometer.  We put one on top of the stove and another in the stove pipe.  We also bought an infrared thermometer that reads any surface.  It is pretty cool.

This was 2 or 3 trees of the 40. It is all cleaned up now.

This spring we had about 40 trees of various sizes and varieties cut down to increase the efficiency of the solar panels we are installing.  What a mess!

Most of them were cut into stove-length logs for us, but we had to move them and split them.  I just finished stacking the last ones that are split.  We have some more large logs laying down a hill in the woods that need to be pulled up and split, but right now I estimate that we have enough wood split and stacked for 10 years.

This is one of many wood piles we have. This is now twice as big.