Hi all, I have regular basement windows about 6 inches off the outside
ground level. I want to build a shute or slide of some kind so I can
wheel-barrow a load of wood up to the window and then slide the wood
down, while someone in the basement grabs and stacks them. I may be
burning 6-8 cords of wood a winter, for some scale.
Anyone got tips or recommendations?
Doesn't your basement have an exterior door? It's easy to put a sheet of
plywood on the stairs to protect them. Basement windows will probably be a
"bottleneck" unless they are really big.
Why do you want to store your wood in the basement if the furnace is
upstairs? Wood is a real source of bugs so if you do store the wood indoors
keep an eye out for damage.
The furnace is going in the basement. I have a fireplace upstairs but
I'm not talking about that one now.
The wood idea sounds like a possibility. I could probable put it on
wheels and move it to the window as necessary. Hmmm....
You hopefully have a cheap supply of wood that can save you money.
I hope that's the reason for burning wood. Otherwise you are insane
with going through the bother of tending a stove and putting up with
the introduction of bugs into your house.
If you still want to burn don't use the door. Opening the door for
periodic loads of wood lets much of the heat cost savings fly out the
door. Burning cold wood is not efficient either. Your best bet is to
introduce and store a large load of wood in the house on a warm day
through a small opening. That way you won't lose much heat during the
At the price of utilites, wood can save a bundle of money. there are ways
to eliminate the bugs too, but you have to do that ahead of time.
You mean opening hte door for 30 seconds is going to lose more heat than can
be brought in in that time? I use a wheelbarrowa nd can bring in a load on
the coldest of days and not lose all that much heat compard to what I'm
bringing in, maybe 48+ hours of heating.
This I agree with. Few days to a week is best as it will dry more in the
So what? If you bring in enough wood to fire the stove for many hours, you
are ahead of the game. If you want to be that picky, bring in the wood on
the same trip as when you go out for the mail. I don' tknow about you, but
we go in and out of the house many times in a day, even in winter.
Sometimes you just have to open the door.
Sure, but that is not always practical when you have 30 straight days of
I agree, this thread is a little surreal. Do the
the kids, the dog, the cat, and guests get locked
in every time the temp drops to 32 or 0 or -20?
I suppose some people stay home from work too,
just so the door doesn't get opened? Crazy.
Two armloads of wood should be sufficient per day
unless it is well below 0 or somebody is heating
their house to 80 degrees or they are heating way
more than 2000 square feet.
I don't agree that the temperature of the wood
makes much difference. An armload of wood near a
wood stove will be up to room temperature in 5-10
minutes and a log thrown in a stove will go from
-20 degrees to 70 degrees before you can recite
the pledge of allegiance. In fact some of the
bark or the stringy parts will have already caught
fire in that time period. It is a non-issue.
What is an issue is having a bunch of wood piled
around your living room.
It sounds to me like a lot of people are giving
advice that have never heated with a wood stove.
The biggest issue will be what does the wife want
or more exactly what does she NOT want.
Your argument is what is surreal. You have a choice of when
to bring the wood in, and it does make a difference.
32,000 BTU's per hour are available with two armloads
each consisting of a 18" square of typical split hardwood.
At what cost? A cold piece of anything absorbs heat in order
to get to room temperature. Do this wood warming on a warm day
if possible. A cold load of wood stuns the stove and creates less
heat and more tending.
Stored wood can be a problem.
I've burned wood enough to realize that unless you
have a cheap supply it isn't worth the effort.
I'm in and out of the house several times a day,
take a walk around outside for exercise, maybe
walk to a grocery store and carry the stuff back.
Drive the car out of the garage to go shopping,
that' about 2 tons of metal. The stuff gets
cold, I get cold, all get heated up by the energy
in my house, whether it is in the living room or
Warming firewood is trivial compared to all the
rest. I waste more energy and cost by running a
small rock tumbler.
George I'm not saying I will stack 8 cords in my basement at the same
time! I'm saying I might have to load a cord 8 times into the basement,
every few weeks. I am not a troll! And anyway, what's your contribution
to this thread?
Thanks everyone else. I'm really not worried about opening doors, the
air that escapes does not hold much heat, its a gas after all. Anyway,
I'm going in through the basement window!
Thanks for all the tips,
You are the dopey one. How can you burn 8 cords
every few weeks? That's enough to heat a good
sized house in an northern climate for a whole
winter. Gees, get real. 3 cords would usually do
me even when it got to -20. North and at higher
elevation they use more, but not even 8 cords.
Read it again. Not what he wrote. He said, "I'm
saying I might have to load a cord 8 times into
the basement, every few weeks."
I'm not a mind reader just read what he said. May
not be what he meant, but that is up to him, not
me to determine.
Um.. He said he may have to load a cord. "a cord" is singular.
"Every few weeks" is plural. "Eight times" is plural. He stated
his intention accurately.
It is up to you to improve your reading comprehension.
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