Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Tight-Ass Tuesday Tips: Wood Heat

Wood Cook-Stove with Water Heater Attachment - There are pipes behind the stove pictured to the left which circulate water by using the forces of hot vs. cold to run a hot-water heater. 

Don't Burn Green Wood - Not only is burning green wood a waste of energy but it is also dangerous because it gives off more creosote which builds up in your chimney and can start a fire. Be sure to clean your flues and chimneys once a year to prevent the build-up of creosote. Chimney fires are one of the leading causes of house fires.

Use Dryer Lint as a Fire Starter - Lint ignites easily and is great for starting fires in your wood-stove or fireplace. See, now there's even less reason to purchase those biased newspapers! Also, keep a pot of water on your wood-stove while it is burning. This adds humidity to the air and makes you feel warmer.

Fireplaces versus Wood Stoves - Fireplaces usually cause heat loss rather than heat gain. When the blaze gets going, a fireplace sucks the warm air from your house into the chimney and pushes it out of the house unless you have a fireplace insert with tempered glass doors. If there's no fire burning, loose fitting dampers will allow warm air to escape. Most fireplaces are inefficient and aren't suited for home heating. An airtight wood stove works much better.    

Wood-Stove Ironing -- Powell River Books Blog - Our cabin uses off-the-grid sources for electrical power. That really limits the things we can use. Here's a useful chart about the watts needed for common appliances. An electric iron uses 1000 watts to operate. Yikes! That would suck our batteries down in one big gulp. I got to thinking about other ways to get the job done. In my great grandmother's day they used irons (made out of iron) that were heated on a wood stove. Here's her iron. I still have it. What could I use? 

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