Now that the temperatures are cooling down, it's time to get the wood stoves going. We bought a new wood furnace last spring that is supposed to be about 95% efficient. We have a large, old 2-story farmhouse that can be a challenge to heat during our cold winters. Hopefully, this new furnace will be able to do the job.
A couple of days ago, we hauled in a pretty good amount of wood that should last a couple of weeks.
Below is a picture of this winter's woodpile. At the far left in the back is the wood for our cookstove.
We bought this wood cookstove about 16 or 17 years ago. It had been owned by a couple who bought it when they got married in the 1930's. It was in very good condition. I start a fire in it on cold mornings to take the chill off, and often keep it going all day if I'm making soup, chili, or something similar. I like that it's multi-purpose, heating and cooking, and I like the nice cozy feeling it gives to our kitchen.
Below is a picture of next year's (2013-14) wood supply. We haven't gotten around to stacking it yet. That's a project for the spring probably.
Mr. M likes to keep a 1-2 year supply ahead, so he'll be cutting more wood in late winter or early spring for the 2014-15 year.
We have been heating our homes (we've moved a couple of times over the years) with wood for over 35 years. In one case the house we lived in was relatively easy to heat, so we never used the backup heating source. With our current house, we do have LP backup but are trying to use it as little as possible. When we moved where we are now, we had a discussion about giving up wood heat due to all the work involved in cutting, splitting, stacking, hauling, etc., especially as we are getting older. But in the end, Mr. M was not ready to give it up, and I have to admit that I really enjoy the feel of the heat that comes from a woodstove. It's so much more comfortable than any other kind of heat. So, as far as the near future is concerned, we'll be continuing to use wood for heat.