Fired up for wood | The Columbus Disp...

Fired up for wood | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 104 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 23, 2011, titled Fired up for wood | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Pete Morris of Upper Arlington is a seller of wood-burning stoves and uses one to heat his house in the winter.

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“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#21 Jan 23, 2011
The problem with woodburning stoves, etc. is there is a good chance your homeowners insurance will drop you if they find out or significantly increase your premium!

Go geothermal, safe and quiet! Nothing outside for people to steal either! We love it!

We have a vertical system and the heat pump only kicks in, if the temperature goes below 20 degrees. Otherwise, we are just paying for utlizing the blower, electric. Our utility bill has been reduced by 50-60%.

It was great to rid ourselves of Columbia Gas!

We purchased our system and had it installed by a company out of Waverly, Ohio!

No complaints here!

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#22 Jan 23, 2011
George Milo wrote:
I installed a Geothermal heating furnace and reduced my heatig cost from $1,200.00 a month to $ 150.00 per month av over those 3 months during the winter. If interested look online at Climate Master Geotherma heating furnace 2 stage low voltage 4 ton unit. AC in summer is almos free.$ 30 a month. Alternative source of heat.
Posting from Florida? Must be the salesman! Ha!

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#23 Jan 23, 2011
sum tin wrong wrote:
<quoted text>You had better have a sizeable pond, or yard. If not your backyard will need numerous water wells , and looking at $ 30,000 to start with
This dude is wrong with his information and the guy posting from Florida is more than likely, a salesman for the company he is listing.

This price sum tin wrong listed is absolutely inflated and you do not need the property amount he is indicating.

We have a vertical system and are extremely pleased with it. Sure, a couple of neighbors wanted to know why we were drilling and I told them, oil! Ha!
Ralph Mouth

Napa, CA

#24 Jan 23, 2011
Why Not? If you can get wood for free the choice is simple. Once the economy gets better people will go back to other cleaner means of heat.
Smokey

Columbus, OH

#25 Jan 23, 2011
Pellet stoves are good if you can obtain the pellets without a huge cost but the downside is that when the power goes out and you need the wood heat especially bad, the delivery system the pellet stove uses does not work - it's electric.
Also, regardless of what kind of wood burning appliance you use, you should have a professional chimney person help you with highly important cleaning and maintenance of the chimney. Don't for a second think the "chimney sweep logs" work a bit.
When burning wood slowly, it creates a lot of smoke and when the condensation starts within the chimney flue / liner, it begins to harden or bake onto the surface. This is called "Glaze" and if that glaze ever catches fire (and they do) you'll have a chimney fire that can reach over 2,000* causing catastrophic failure of the flue which in turn, causes the house to be exposed to this out of control fire; thus, a house fire caused by a chimney fire. We read about these fires all the time.
Safety, safety, safety first.... find a qualified chimney professional. Look under Chimney Sweep in the yellow pages and best of luck.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#26 Jan 23, 2011
Ralph Mouth wrote:
Why Not? If you can get wood for free the choice is simple. Once the economy gets better people will go back to other cleaner means of heat.
Homeowners insurance! Most will not cover with coal/wood burning stoves, etc. or will increase your premium significantly!
magdalena

Medina, OH

#27 Jan 23, 2011
A rural living family member converted from gas to an outdoor woodburner.

Now their lives are consumed with cutting trees on their property and offering to clean up fallen trees for friends and family. Plus they purchase delivered wood.

Then there is the hauling, splitting, stacking of the wood and going outside in all weather to load the burner.

More power to them. My gas bill is less than $80/month

Steady Eddie

Zanesville, OH

#28 Jan 23, 2011
BigJC wrote:
<quoted text>
How do you propose that some people heat their homes then?? Natural gas may not be available where they live, oil and propane are expensive, and electric is inefficent as a way to heat your home. Myself, I've been thinking about getting a pellet stove but not sure it is feasible at this time due to the construction of my house. Maybe the next house I can.
Just how is electric inefficient as a heat source?

Using resistance you get 1 watt out for one watt in.(~100% efficient) A heat pump can have a COP of >4.(~400% efficient)

A high efficiency gas furnace has (at most) an efficiency of 95%.

Since natural gas has increased in price the differential in cost between gas and electric has diminished.

Work the numbers.
Bill

Nashport, OH

#29 Jan 23, 2011
magdalena wrote:
A rural living family member converted from gas to an outdoor woodburner.
Now their lives are consumed with cutting trees on their property and offering to clean up fallen trees for friends and family. Plus they purchase delivered wood.
Then there is the hauling, splitting, stacking of the wood and going outside in all weather to load the burner.
More power to them. My gas bill is less than $80/month
I can relate to that. After 35 years of burning wood I figured that by cutting my own, I handled each piece of wood 9-12 times before it was ashes. It got to the point it wasn't worth any more wear and tear on my body.
Kelley

Ada, OH

#30 Jan 23, 2011
Stating that Oil heat is affordable is insane. It used to be, until oil prices tripled. We just got a fill-up that will last a month and it was $650. And our house is only 1,200 square feet and we keep the temp at 66 degrees. Not affordable at all. Pure electric heat would be more affordable.
We don't live near natural gas, we got a geothermal installation quote of $22,000 (way out of our price range), and I'm allergic to wood smoke - so we don't have a whole lot of choice in our heating options. Might install a heat pump with oil as back-up as the prices are set to rise again this summer.
dbeall

Columbus, OH

#31 Jan 23, 2011
the most efficient way to heat is 'not' to heat. Move to a state where you just have no demand for heating. This is just one reason why businesses are moving out of Ohio... heating those office buildings in not cheap.

heating with wood is a great way to eliminate the high corporate price of utilities.. I say go for it
Cooking With Gas

Mount Vernon, OH

#32 Jan 23, 2011
Natural gas has NOT increased in price - rather it has actually decreased in the last two years. Just got an ad from IGS for about $.69 cubic foot - two years ago Columbia was close to $1.00.
And to the first poster who used to pay $1200/month? For what fuel, and how big is your freaking house????? And does it contain any insulation? I have a 20 year old furnace and 3000 Sq Ft and my largest bills have been $200-250 month with gas.
Sterling Silver

Columbus, OH

#33 Jan 23, 2011
moronh8r wrote:
<quoted text>While living in the un-great state of Maryland in the mid '90s they proposed mandating catalytic converters on all home chimneys. Wait until that is brought up again. They can mandate that on all chimneys including gas furnaces, wood stoves and even those 'gas' emitting bathroom exhaust fan vent pipes.
A properly tuned gas furnace emits only water vapor and CO2. There would be nothing for a catalytic converter to do.
upset

Mount Gilead, OH

#34 Jan 23, 2011
Make sure your neighbors aren't going to object to the smoke you will create. Someone in Wooster got (*&&%$ off after their neighbor went to the expense of putting in a wood furnace. Result, it can no longer be used and there is now an ordinance prohibiting wood furnaces in the city limits.
JWK

Commercial Point, OH

#35 Jan 23, 2011
Sterling Silver wrote:
<quoted text>
A properly tuned gas furnace emits only water vapor and CO2. There would be nothing for a catalytic converter to do.
Yeah, I figured that out when he said what he did about the bathroom exhaust fan.

Perhaps a wood stove could use a cat, but implementing it would be extremely difficult.
LandOCheap

Hilliard, OH

#36 Jan 23, 2011
WHAT A WASTE...

Heating my house 1,800 with natural gas costs about $3 / day (or less). I don't have to toy with wood, breathe wood smoke (MAJOR HEALTH ISSUE), or worry about having lung cancer as a result of this stupid hobby. OH YEAH AND I don't annoy the entire neighborhood by creating a smoggy haze over the neighborhood all winter long.

And how much do these "Smart" pellet stoves cost???
Got wood

Dublin, OH

#37 Jan 23, 2011
George Milo wrote:
I installed a Geothermal heating furnace and reduced my heatig cost from $1,200.00 a month to $ 150.00 per month av over those 3 months during the winter. If interested look online at Climate Master Geotherma heating furnace 2 stage low voltage 4 ton unit. AC in summer is almos free.$ 30 a month. Alternative source of heat.
Posts the president of Geothermal furnaces.
LandOCheap

Hilliard, OH

#38 Jan 23, 2011
magdalena wrote:
A rural living family member converted from gas to an outdoor woodburner.
Now their lives are consumed with cutting trees on their property and offering to clean up fallen trees for friends and family. Plus they purchase delivered wood.
Then there is the hauling, splitting, stacking of the wood and going outside in all weather to load the burner.
More power to them. My gas bill is less than $80/month
EXACTLY-

You don't save money when 80% of your time revolves around playing with fire and destroying your lungs.
American Joe

Dublin, OH

#39 Jan 23, 2011
Oh no we better get some regulations on these wood pellets and firewood asap.

I think it's funny liberal enviro wack jobs all calling for no oil, gas. or coal and then people will be burnning more and more wood in their homes which will pollute more and it is not very efficient.

Cause and effect dummies!
American Joe

Dublin, OH

#40 Jan 23, 2011
upset wrote:
Make sure your neighbors aren't going to object to the smoke you will create. Someone in Wooster got (*&&%$ off after their neighbor went to the expense of putting in a wood furnace. Result, it can no longer be used and there is now an ordinance prohibiting wood furnaces in the city limits.
Nice , the marxist are everywhere, how about we start burnning our dried waste?

After all it saves water and the treatment system. hahahahah

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