Jittery Homeowners Look For Other Heat Sources

On a beach-perfect July Wednesday, winter's distant chill drove Dan and Terri Bohn from their comfortable Bristol home into a Plantsville store that sells wood-burning stoves. Full Story
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woodburner

Newington, CT

#1 Jul 19, 2008
I doubt people moving to wood stoves really know what they are getting into. Oldtimers say wood heats you twice. Once when you cut it or stack it and then again when you burn it. Most houses are not set up for easy access to bring in wood may be a week's supply when snow is on the horizon. My wife and I have been burning wood for 32 years as a main source of heat, She has a love/hate relationship with it. Nice and warm but it is work for all parties. I get it delivered split. Stacking is great excercise especially for the forearms. Our home is set up for the easy stove access of which we have two. Better to heat from the basement to keeps all the pipes warm and to let the heat rise. You still will have cold areas, no getting around it. Nice and warm, we sometimes have to open a door to regulate the heat. Sometimes too warm. Also number 1 you have to be aware of the fire danger, don't jury rig a chimney. Make sure you get good wood early that is as bug free as possible and let it dry in the sun to get it ready. Stack in rows and cover the top of the pile so it will dry from the sides and yet keeps the dew off. A Great source of warmth but at a labor intensive cost.
Or better yet maybe consider a pellet stove, not the nice glow of a fire through a glass door but could be somewhat automatic.
GOOD LUCK
Konnectiuct _Better_Yet

Brewster, NY

#2 Jul 19, 2008
Resident fear prices COULD go up? I got my oil contract yesterday, and it is double of what it was last year.

And this is Connecticut, which means it will be hard to roll with it thanks of the absurd cost of living and exorbitant taxes imposed by the do nothing bloodsuckers in this state.
the Badger

United States

#3 Jul 19, 2008
I am willing to bet, due to "supply and demand" that the price of pellets will triple in January.
Dees Nuts

United States

#4 Jul 19, 2008
Konnectiuct _Better_Yet wrote:
Resident fear prices COULD go up? I got my oil contract yesterday, and it is double of what it was last year.
And this is Connecticut, which means it will be hard to roll with it thanks of the absurd cost of living and exorbitant taxes imposed by the do nothing bloodsuckers in this state.
Exactly.

The price CONTINUES to go up. The cost of living is horrible in this state. The taxes are crazy, and now I can't even sell my house because people who couldn't afford a house to begin with bought houses they can't pay for and the government would love for me to pay for that too.
Middle Class resident

AOL

#5 Jul 19, 2008
My problem is the gov is helping those low income families who can not afford to heat their houses what about the middle class? Don't make enough to pay the bills but make too much to get help. I really stinks to be in the middle you seem to be the one who struggles the most with no help from anywhere!
Shoreliner

Guilford, CT

#6 Jul 19, 2008
Drill here, Drill now, Save money.

This would take a lot of the current speculation of future oil prices and ultimately improve our balance of trade account as $700 billion per annum is leaving the U.S. for energy.
McGruff

Winsted, CT

#7 Jul 19, 2008
Thank the vast, unlimited greed of the wealthy who would sell out their country and countrymen for just another penny. They, who could care if fuel oil is $4 a gallon or $40 a gallon, lost a few bucks in the banking crisis, are getting government bailouts, trashed the value of the US dollar, and are now pouring cash into oil futures, putting our country at its greatest risk of collapse since the 1929 Crash.

Nothing to do with supply and demand, fools call for more oil drilling (tho NOTHING TO DO WITH SUPPLY AND DEMAND), markets clearly manipulated beyond normal capitalism, and bailouts when they blow their investments (SOCIALISM).

Vile, loathsome filth, they are. Supported by legions of right-wing idiots chanting the mantra of Idiot Bush, brain-dead Rush, and their other masters. Too bad people can't analyze the situation for themselves.

We are so screwed.
rick

AOL

#8 Jul 19, 2008
mcgruff i feel sorry for you you must be a very miserable person
SIG

AOL

#9 Jul 19, 2008
McGruff wrote:
Thank the vast, unlimited greed of the wealthy who would sell out their country and countrymen for just another penny. They, who could care if fuel oil is $4 a gallon or $40 a gallon, lost a few bucks in the banking crisis, are getting government bailouts, trashed the value of the US dollar, and are now pouring cash into oil futures, putting our country at its greatest risk of collapse since the 1929 Crash.
Nothing to do with supply and demand, fools call for more oil drilling (tho NOTHING TO DO WITH SUPPLY AND DEMAND), markets clearly manipulated beyond normal capitalism, and bailouts when they blow their investments (SOCIALISM).
Vile, loathsome filth, they are. Supported by legions of right-wing idiots chanting the mantra of Idiot Bush, brain-dead Rush, and their other masters. Too bad people can't analyze the situation for themselves.
We are so screwed.
Osama Obama will save us all.
Fun Is

Southington, CT

#10 Jul 19, 2008
Shoreliner wrote:
Drill here, Drill now, Save money.
This would take a lot of the current speculation of future oil prices and ultimately improve our balance of trade account as $700 billion per annum is leaving the U.S. for energy.
Snoreliner, Not even the most cynical and devoted Bushite believes that. Offshore and ANWR have the capacity to deliver, at most, 4% of our oil demand, and they won't be able to deliver for at least 10 years. The promise of a small increase in domestic production 10 years from now will not impact speculation or reatil cost. But don't start worrying about the facts now. Your ignorant rants have served you so well this far.
traveler

Cromwell, CT

#11 Jul 19, 2008
Just remember the second coming will be here soon his name is Obama and he will lead us from these perils along with Nancy Pelosi and her pupits.
Todd

New Britain, CT

#12 Jul 19, 2008
I have a Pellet stove. I heat a Condo I live in for about $500.00 a winter. I never use the electric heat that I have. So the stove paid for itself in the first year. You do the math, $500.00, or who knows how much. My decision has been made
Disappointed in

Windsor, CT

#13 Jul 19, 2008
Middle Class resident wrote:
My problem is the gov is helping those low income families who can not afford to heat their houses what about the middle class? Don't make enough to pay the bills but make too much to get help. I really stinks to be in the middle you seem to be the one who struggles the most with no help from anywhere!
You said exactly what I was thinking. Middle class folks don't get any aid.

Rell, there's more people in this state than the very poor and the very rich. It's the hard-working middle class that in most cases survive paycheck by paycheck.
Joe

New Milford, CT

#16 Jul 19, 2008
LOL......whine, whine, whine...

Perhaps it's time to nationalize the oil companies...

And guess who the darlings of Wall St - Messrs Obama and McCain - are going to bail out....?

In Venezuela gasoline costs .15 per gallon....?

LOL.....Viva Hugo!

Washington CT USA
Get a Clue

Hamden, CT

#17 Jul 19, 2008
Fun Is wrote:
<quoted text>
Snoreliner, Not even the most cynical and devoted Bushite believes that. Offshore and ANWR have the capacity to deliver, at most, 4% of our oil demand, and they won't be able to deliver for at least 10 years. The promise of a small increase in domestic production 10 years from now will not impact speculation or reatil cost. But don't start worrying about the facts now. Your ignorant rants have served you so well this far.
Yeah, and if the libs had let us drill 10 YEARS AGO we'd have the oil now. You are a fool to believe that if we commit to drilling in ANWR that won't have an impact on the prices OPEC is gaffing us. The price would drop overnight.
Excuse Me

United States

#18 Jul 19, 2008
What exactly do Obama or the Democrats have to do with the high price of oil in CT?
> RANT ON< What about the Republicans? For the last eight years we've lived in a country of THEIR making, under policies of THEIR choosing. Don't give me this crap about a Democratic Congress; it has not been effective in reversing ANY Republican energy initiatives.
I don't get it. For a party that prides itself on being "tough", the Republicans seem terrified of just about everything. Liberals, gay marriage, immigrants, you name it. Yet they refuse to encourage the slightest bit of sacrafice or conservation in the face of rising energy costs.
What a bunch of wussies. I voted Bush in 1988 and 2000 but seeing what kind of mess the GOP has made of our country I'll never pull the Republican lever again. >RANT OFF<
Lower your thermostats this winter, seal your windows and doors and conserve, people :)
Wood Baron

Wethersfield, CT

#19 Jul 19, 2008
Yea honey, let's go buy a wood stove. It's really easy. All you gotta do is put some wood in it right?

Just don't forget to add in the weekends cutting and loading it, dragging it home, splitting it, stacking it, covering it, taking wood in the house as needed and brushing out the chimney.

Truth is people are too lazy. They would rather bitch about oil prices and try and get assistance than actually get of their butt and do some work and help themselves.
Hussein Sydney

Bayonne, NJ

#20 Jul 19, 2008
Neither Barack Hussein Obama nor John Sidney McCain will do anything to help the middle class. If the republicats (it's a one party system, just ask Joe LIEberman) get their way, which they will, there will be no middle class! The middle class has been eroding steadily for the past few decades. My grandfather could raise his family of five kids, own a home, and send them to college on a single blue collar job! Try to do that now with both parents working two jobs!

This is why I'm voting for Ralph Nader.

Obama, McCain, they are the same.
Wood Baron

Wethersfield, CT

#21 Jul 19, 2008
Excuse Me wrote:
What exactly do Obama or the Democrats have to do with the high price of oil in CT?
> RANT ON< What about the Republicans? For the last eight years we've lived in a country of THEIR making, under policies of THEIR choosing. Don't give me this crap about a Democratic Congress; it has not been effective in reversing ANY Republican energy initiatives.
I don't get it. For a party that prides itself on being "tough", the Republicans seem terrified of just about everything. Liberals, gay marriage, immigrants, you name it. Yet they refuse to encourage the slightest bit of sacrafice or conservation in the face of rising energy costs.
What a bunch of wussies. I voted Bush in 1988 and 2000 but seeing what kind of mess the GOP has made of our country I'll never pull the Republican lever again. >RANT OFF<
Lower your thermostats this winter, seal your windows and doors and conserve, people :)
This has nothing to do with politics. It's the laziness and the gluttony of Americans to drive gas guzzlers, turn up their thermostats, and thinking they were going to get $2 gas forever.
Wood Baron

Wethersfield, CT

#22 Jul 19, 2008
To prove my point, American opinion was NO when some senators suggested we go back to 55mph to save fuel. People would rather complain about high prices than be inconvenienced by lowering the speed limit by 10mph.

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