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HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER?

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Detmurds

10-07-2011 14:53:50




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Just curious, but I was wondering if any of you heat your house with firewood only as I do? I burn anywhere between 4-6 cords of wood a year. Most of my wood is Douglas Fir. How much wood do you burn,..and what kind of wood?




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chevytaHOE5674

10-08-2011 18:26:10




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I usually try to have 10 full cord of aspen ready by fall and then if I get ambitious I will make some more until the snow gets too deep to get in the woods. Usually burn less than the 10 cord in a 15 year old OWB heating the place and our domestic hot water for a mobile home 1/4 of a mile from lake superior in Michigans UP.



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Shetland Sheepdog

10-08-2011 17:29:16




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to jackinok, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
We burn somewhere near 12 to 15 full cords per year! We have an 11 year old OWB that is not too efficient, (about 35% according to research). We burn 365 days a year, as we heat our domestic hot water with the OWB as well. We burn mostly hardwood, but also some Pine and Hemlock when the heating load is lighter. We buck to 3' and split to 6" +/-. My favorite wood would have to be Red Oak due to ease of preparation and heat content.

Here's a picture of our home at the height of heating season!

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The OWB and wood ready to burn, prolly a li'l more than a full cord on the 2 trailers.

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Part of the main wood pile. Pile is 3' wood, 100' long & 5'4" tall when full, which gives a full cord every 8'.

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fergienewbee

10-08-2011 07:53:16




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I have a free standing wood stove in the great room. House is 2000 sf on main floor. The wood stove heats about half--the bedrooms are cooler. We go through about three full cords per winter plus about one 500 gallon tank of propaney. Our huse has six-inch insulated walls and 12" in the roof.

Larry



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Doc Larry

10-08-2011 06:31:59




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Depends. If I"m bragging about how cold the winter was, I tell people I burned 7 cords. But if I"m bragging about how well my house is insulated, I tell people I only burned 3. :)



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Oldmax

10-08-2011 06:02:25




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I live in the western part of WV. Have a 3000 sq ft house, a fire place in living room & wood stove in kitchen. Stove is a Englander 24. I use about 5 to 6 cords a winter Dried wood, cut one year for next. Always have on hand a stack 4' wide by about 5' high and 40' long.



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Ultradog MN

10-08-2011 05:39:55




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Am on natural gas here.
Sometimes the pilot light goes out on my kitchen stove. I keep a box of old wooden farmer's matches around to relight it. So I would say about 3 matchsticks.



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gtractorfan

10-08-2011 05:21:26




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
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We mostly heat our house with firewood, don't know how many cords. I stepped off my pile, it's 63 feet long and at least 3 rows wide and 5 feet high. Here's some of the things I made I use to haul firewood-- besides a garden tractor trailer. I made the cart from wheels I found at the local scrap yard. During the summer I put a 50 gallon water tank on this cart. I've gotten steel wheelbarrow wheels at auctions and used wood from a large wood pallet to make this one. I've made 3 wood wheelbarrows similar to this. I used scrap to make a bin to store wood during the winter right outside the door next to the woodstove. I altered the storm door with a reach-through opening.

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gtractorfan

10-08-2011 05:25:25




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to gtractorfan, 10-08-2011 05:21:26  
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Here's a picture of the wood bin outside the door I failed to get posted with the rest. It's not pretty but it's behind the house and handy.



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James Howell

10-08-2011 05:02:37




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Will burn a lot more this winter since moving to the farm.

Probably one or two cords of oak, elm and sweet gum.



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showcrop

10-08-2011 04:53:07




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I burn about a ton of coal at about $300.00 and about 400 gal of oil a year in my 1800 sf house here in NH.



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hayray

10-08-2011 04:49:56




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I burn about 25 face cords per year. I only use wood for heat and cook with it alot also.



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JerryS

10-07-2011 23:01:54




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Down here in the balmy south, my primary heat is natural gas; the fireplace is for "ambiance". I love to watch it burn. I use less than a cord per winter. Even so, it seems like I'm constantly bringing logs in from outside. You guys up north burning 8 or 10 cords must spend half your lives humping wood to throw on the fire.



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dbeatty

10-07-2011 21:06:27




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Our house is about 2,500 square feet and heat it with 3 to 4 cord of wood and 200 gallon of LP gas a winter.



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kyhayman

10-07-2011 20:54:14




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Last winter I burned 9 sticks in the shop. Otherwise I just let the heat pump do the work. Its not really cozy heat but its easy and normally Im just home to sleep.



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Briar Hill Brittanys

10-07-2011 20:39:21




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Our house is 1800 w/full basement, we heat it with a Buck Stove catalytic insert. Can't stand the "heat" from a heat pump. Don't know the cord figure, but there's 3 stacks under the barn shed roof 30' long x 6' high that will be gone about March. Wood is cut about 18-21". Most of the wood is oak and hickory. With the tornado in Joplin this past summer, we added hackberry, maple, elm, and mulberry. I've got 3 oak trees that died this summer, that will be a great start on a woodpile for the winter of '12/'13. Mark [/i]

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Billy NY

10-07-2011 20:40:11




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I supplement the oil hot water furnace heat with a wood stove in the basement/garage, 4-6 cord if I am around the house a lot in the winter. One year it was almost 6 cord. If I used both fireplaces in addition to that, probably more than I can deal with, each one would take 4 cord or around that.

My favorite firewood is Black Cherry, just the smell alone, btu's are good, oak is better, not as much oak around here, we have a concentration of black cherry though. I burn dead elm, dutch elm wipes out so many of them, birch, poplar, maple, oak all find there way to the stove, but boy does that black cherry smell so nice, unlike elm or the willow I use for starter. I have lots of apple, that also has a nice aroma, apricot is another one.

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Paul from MI

10-07-2011 20:21:47




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I burn about 12 face cords a year + 200 gallons of fuel oil. Most of the oil is used during spring and fall when it's too warm for the add on furnace. House is 2000 sq.ft. plus full basement.



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JOHNNYfromMI

10-07-2011 18:35:15




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I have a outdoor wood boiler, in northern Michigan. 8 full cords of hardwood will heat my house 1920 sq feet with a full basement. Oak is my favorite, but maple, beach and ash are good too. Years ago I had a woodstove in the house never measured how much wood I burned then, I worked in the logging industry and brought it home as I needed it.

Oh I use a stihl saw to cut my firewood too.



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GaryinKs

10-07-2011 18:31:19




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
When we lived on the farm, 22 face cords every winter.



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s.crum

10-07-2011 18:15:12




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I stopped screwing around cutting wood years ago when Dad did. I burn about 4 1/2 tons of hardwood pellets a year now and about 100 gallons of fuel oil. I've got 4 high producing Marcellus gas wells within a mile of me and I still can't get hooked up to a gas line, but China can. Go figure.



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JerryS

10-07-2011 22:39:37




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to s.crum, 10-07-2011 18:15:12  
Feel your pain: there are two Haynesville Shale wells 1200 feet from my back door, but they might as well be in Australia. When I was growing up there were lots of gas wells around. If you could afford to run pipe to a well in your section you could hook up for free. We were too far, but an aunt who lived across the road from a well had free gas until she died.



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Russ from MN

10-07-2011 18:00:47




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
We probably burn 5-6 cords a year, don't buy any and never really kept track of usage. We have ash, birch, elm, tamarack and what ever else dies in our woods. I try to have it cut and split a year ahead and just before the first rain in the fall I cover it. We have a Jotul and it is important to have the wood dry, makes for better secondary burn (the smoke burning in the stove) and reduces creosote buildup. When it is above 300F there is no smoke coming out the chimney, some smell, but no smoke!

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Pair-a-dice farm

10-07-2011 17:34:13




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to buickanddeere, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I'm in north Arkansas, I burn about 20 ricks (face cord or about 1/3 of cord) a year. I'm heating 1600 SF and full basement. I've got an outside wood boiler and burn mostly oak and hickory.



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ShepFL

10-07-2011 17:29:52




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Here in N. FL I burn about 2 cord (full cord) in fireplace with insert. Rest of the house is heated with propane fireplaces.

Tried talking wife into wood stove but she wanted "beauty of the fire" so needless to say most of the heat goes up in smoke.

Only burn hardwood here in FL. Miss splittig and burning tamarack (sp). Got some cypress that looks like tamarack in the fall.



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doug in illinois

10-07-2011 17:09:10




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Well, I try to have two cords cut and split by my basement door before it gets cold. That is really about all I have room for while still keeping it covered. That reminds me I have NONE ready yet, but have access to all the dead trees I want.

By December I need to be restocking. So maybe 4 or 5 cords total. This is in a Freedom LODI fireplace insert in the basement, so still use quite a bit of propane to keep the upstairs warm. The insert needs a bigger fire box, by morning it will be out or almost out. Same thing when I get off work.

We hope to get an outdoor wood furnace in the next year or two. Then I might need quite a bit more wood, but can burn basically anything without creosote worries. One of my friends has one, so have seen what he burns and how it works. DOUG

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doug in illinois

10-07-2011 17:18:25




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to doug in illinois, 10-07-2011 17:09:10  
Oops, should have stated by the END of December. January and February burn more than Oct-Nov-Dec. DOUG



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toadady

10-07-2011 16:48:00




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
duno how many cords or such, but it's four dumptruck loads



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Harold Hubbard

10-07-2011 16:41:57




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
We burn about six cords in The living room stove,three in the kitchen stove. All hardwood

My sister burns three or four.

I burn three to eight in the shop. depending on how much iam in there, and on how good the wood is. It is usually the half rotten pieces, the odd shaped chunks, and the short softwood slabs.

I also burn between ten and fifteen cords of anything I can get for boiling maple sap.

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bill mart

10-07-2011 16:32:02




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
western ny, around 12 face cord (16" width)mostly hardwoods, no other source of heat.Bill M.



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Ken Macfarlane

10-07-2011 16:19:44




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
2-3 cord of softwood, 1/2 cord of hardwood the last 3 winters. We have one electric space heater we use when its just a bit chilly.



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Cienna

10-07-2011 16:06:49




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Four+ cords per winter in SE Nebraska. House is 1440 sq ft. I use any hardwood---mulberry, hackberry, walnut, ash, maple. Tried pine, but no more---That stuff produces tons of soot!! We have our wood stove in the living room, and by having ceiling fans in every room, the heat is distributed well. Don't heat the bedrooms.



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JD Farmer

10-07-2011 15:58:19




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
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I heat only with wood, nearly all dead trees that I gather off my farm. House is 1400 sq ft main floor and basement, with a second story of 825 sq ft. I also heat my 40x30 garage with wood in a double barrel stove.....It takes more wood for the garage than the house. House has a centrally located Brunco wood burning fourance with forced air....well insulated. I go thru about 1/2 of this pile each winter.

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oldtanker

10-07-2011 15:28:27




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Daughters FIL heats with wood only about 14 miles south of the Canadian border in ND. He goes through 6-8 full cords of oak a year.

Rick



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Zachary Hoyt

10-07-2011 15:27:52




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
We burn about 17 standard cords of firewood from October to March, about 23 standard cords (60 face cords +/-) year round for hot water. Are you talking standard or face cords in your figures?
Zach



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ShepFL

10-07-2011 17:23:39




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 10-07-2011 15:27:52  
That is a boat load of wood!!



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Zachary Hoyt

10-07-2011 18:14:46




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to ShepFL, 10-07-2011 17:23:39  
You ain't kiddin'...



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Detmurds

10-07-2011 15:30:08




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 10-07-2011 15:27:52  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

Talking "true cord".
4 ht X 8 Length X4 depth.



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Zachary Hoyt

10-07-2011 17:25:43




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 15:30:08  
I grew up in Maine and we used to buy firewood there, it was always sold by the standard (true) cord. Moved out here to northern NY 10 years ago and eveybody talks about face cords, which make no sense to me. It's like selling milk by the square foot, it seems to me.
Zach



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GVSII

10-08-2011 06:32:18




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 10-07-2011 17:25:43  
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I live in northern N.Y. also.

Born and raised. I burn between 3 and 4 standard cords of all hard wood per year.Like Zach says ,I just can't relate to this face cord stuff but that term is prevalent in this area and has been for many years.



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biggerred

10-07-2011 19:27:36




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 10-07-2011 17:25:43  
comes from a square teet, not square feet!!



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36 coupe

10-07-2011 18:04:10




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 10-07-2011 17:25:43  
Face cord is not used in Maine.Face cord can be a 1/2 cord ,1/3 cord or 1/4 cord, depends on saw length.Most people dont know that standard 128 cubic foot cord will shrink to 100 cubic feet when sawed to stove length.On a long trip with my wife driving I notice every house, large and small has a wood pile now.



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Jimmyjack

10-07-2011 15:26:38




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Im in Central Wis. and I burn about 12 face cords a winter. I have a boiler in the basement. My cousin put in an outside boiler and his wood use increased by about 3 times.



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Tony Vidlak

10-07-2011 15:02:42




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
I heat with only wood and it takes right at 6 cords. I try to get ash , oak , elm hard woods but will burn what I get.I built a metal building to keep my firewood in so I try to keep it organized per wood species.



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Detmurds

10-07-2011 14:57:32




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 Re: HOW MUCH FIREWOOD DO YOU BURN IN THE WINTER? in reply to Detmurds, 10-07-2011 14:53:50  
Also, I want to add that I live in Washington State, and it doesn't get near as cold as places like my home state of Michigan by any comparison. My house is about 2000 sq ft.



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