I'd say you just verified hallerb's point. That labor comes to 30-36
man days of labor. Assuming you earned a mere $7 an hour, that's
$1700 - 2000. I heat my 3200 sq ft house here in NJ with gas for a
season for a lot less than that.
And it ignores another big problem, which is pollution. Note, I'm
not saying someone shouldn't use wood if they want to and enjoy doing
it. Only that it's not necessarily the free ride or good solution
On Jan 29, 8:05 am, email@example.com wrote:
yeah its kinda funny, people crow about how much they save heating
with firewood, and dont mind volunteering the hours worked etc.
but somehow EVERYONE I have ever asked always come back as a fiancial
loser or at best break even.
It would probably be more efficent to work the part time job and
devote 100% of the earnings to superinsulating the home.
insulation pays back forever, without additional work:)
such upgrades as triple pane windows, 95%+ furnace, and closed cell
foam insulation. Heck even a timer thermostat.
On Jan 29, 10:05 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I don't see it that way - the cost of labor. I have a growing
greenhouse and a vegetable garden which requires considerable labor to
maintain. Should I not do this?
I heat my 3200 sq ft house here in NJ with gas for a
On my property I only cut deadfall. One cord of wood rotting on the
ground produces the same CO2 as if it were burned in a wood stove.
No, If you enjoy it and get other benefits from it, of course you
should keep doing it. I stated that in my post. My point is some
people don't enjoy cutting, splitting, and hauling wood. And in that
case, I agree with hallerb, that if they looked at the labor spent
doing it, it can be more effective to just work some extra hours
somewhere at a paying job.
CO2 isn't the only issue or even the main one. The typical woodstove
emits a lot more HC, CO, other noxious gases and particulates than a
natural gas or oil fired furnace. And a lot of it depends on what
kind of wood is burned, how well the fire is managed, which are not
issues with gas or oil. There are towns with people living in close
proximity that have had so much pollution from woodburning stoves that
they have put restrictions on new ones.
It can be swell it you enjoy doing it and if only a small percentage
of people do it. But if any significant percentage of homes started
doing it as their main source of heat, air quality would definitely
On Jan 30, 8:56 am, email@example.com wrote:
my neighbor used to burn wood constantly, it caused my wife great
asthma issues, and frankly gagged me it was so dense sometimes.......
he has a outdoor chimnea, and burns trash wood like pine, wonder if
that makes it worse?
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