anyone run a wood stove as primary heat source?

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i do. i lit mine this weekend. likey it wont shut off until april of 2022. i split and burn about 8 cords a season. all free heat for me. i collect logs from people who give them away etc. also contact tree services that give away wood from jobs for free. heres some before and pictures of my wood stove. i built the mantel. and thats all real thin red brick. i bought small fans and installed floor registers to circulate the heat through my house. my stove sits in the basement. i have a three story house so each level is a 10 degree difference. the top level where the bedrooms are stay a nice 62 degrees. nice for sleeping.
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i have an oil tank. my house was built in 1890. with my wood stove running all winter. i only fill my oil tank 2 times a year. once in may. once in dec.
 

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My wife and I used a wood stove when we lived off grid i hated it was more work than just trying to keep it lit than it was worth finally gave up on it and installed a vent-less propane heater and never looked back
 
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My wife and I used a wood stove when we lived off grid i hated it was more work than just trying to keep it lit than it was worth finally gave up on it and installed a vent-less propane heater and never looked back
how long ago was that? my wood stove is a regency. my firewood burns all night long. i wake up and still have embers and the process starts over again. i enjoy it. i even enjoy splitting the wood for the following year.
 

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2019 we lived off grid from 2013 up to 2019 we never could figure out why it would not stay lit tried every type of wood we had available which was oak,alligator juniper and shaggy bark cedar
we would get a good fire going and with in 2 hours it would literally all be burnt up it was so bad that i had alarms to wake me threw the night set for every two hours.

ithe stove would hold 6 or7 3 foot logs it was pretty large and it would literally burn them up in two hours
 

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I use to run a wood stove when I lived in Missouri, living in Florida I rarely even turn on the heat at all.
 

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We have a regency wood stove.
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We started it up about 2 weeks ago and its been kicking almost non-stop since. We have many acres of woods. When I moved into this house many years ago, the prior owners had a woodcraft stove That stove smoked like a 1800s locomotive but got extremely hot. The regency is much more newer and a lot more efficient.
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I write on the end of the wood when marker the month and year when I split the logs into firewood.

For a few years I was working so much I did not cut trees for firewood. We used the woods for bonfire parties and I planted trees in the spring. I cut down a tree every so often and we augmented our furnace heat with the fireplace.

The emerald ash borer changed that. When the ash started dying I got to serious felling of trees and splitting for firewood. Now I fell 9 to 12 trees in the fall and winter. I rotate the wood for drying and splitting. I let the logs dry further in the forest shelter and after year split them and store them.
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Right now I have what I figure is 4 to 6 years of wood split and dried. I picked up a used moister meeter at a pawn shop for practically nothing. My wood is about 20%.
 
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We have a regency wood stove.
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We started it up about 2 weeks ago and its been kicking almost non-stop since. We have many acres of woods. When I moved into this house many years ago, the prior owners had a woodcraft stove That stove smoked like a 1800s locomotive but got extremely hot. The regency is much more newer and a lot more efficient.
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I write on the end of the wood when marker the month and year when I split the logs into firewood.

For a few years I was working so much I did not cut trees for firewood. We used the woods for bonfire parties and I planted trees in the spring. I cut down a tree every so often and we augmented our furnace heat with the fireplace.

The emerald ash borer changed that. When the ash started dying I got to serious felling of trees and splitting for firewood. Now I fell 9 to 12 trees in the fall and winter. I rotate the wood for drying and splitting. I let the logs dry further in the forest shelter and after year split them and store them.
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Right now I have what I figure is 4 to 6 years of wood split and dried. I picked up a used moister meeter at a pawn shop for practically nothing. My wood is about 20%.
i have a regency as well. very efficent. four pieces of firewood will burn a long time putting heat off. i like stoves because the stove gets hot and the pipe inside gives heat off. i just finished stacking 4 pallets of fresh firewood for the 2022-23 burning season. nothing like the heat a wood stoves gives off. i walk upstairs bare foot and the floor is warm. good ol radiant heat.
 

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Best home heating is wood . We have burned it all coal,Elect,Gas,and oil .A free standing wood stove or wood stove insert is the only way to go.With a couple ceiling fans to force the hot air down your snug as a bug in 20+ below,with 20 + winds outside.Heated our last home for 25 years with a 30 foot high free standing wood stove right in the middle of the home.:)
 
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Best home heating is wood . We have burned it all coal,Elect,Gas,and oil .A free standing wood stove or wood stove insert is the only way to go.With a couple ceiling fans to force the hot air down your snug as a bug in 20+ below,with 20 + winds outside.Heated our last home for 25 years with a 30 foot high free standing wood stove right in the middle of the home.:)
yup. my stove sits in my basement. i installed floor registers and fans to blow hot air upstairs. works great. heats my whole house. i have 3 story house. each level is a 10 degree difference. so the basement is t shirt weather and the final level is perfect for sleeping.
 

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We live at 6,600 ft. in northern New Mexico. It can get down to -15 in winter. Most winters aren't that cold. I have a Danish made Morso stove that works awesome. We burn cedar and ponderosa. About 2-1/2 cords. From Nov thru March. Their technology is unreal. Heats a 1,000 sq.ft room. Kind of pricey @ $3,800, but a great and efficient stove. Had a chimney fire, very scary... Clean the stack about once a month now. Can't believe how much creosote I get every cleaning....
 

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