Skandi Rogers wrote:Careful about trying to go to wood the government seem set on banning all wood stoves and forcing people to buy only kiln dried wood to put in them. I would agree oil is horribly expensive, we have a backup oil furnace here but it's so "backup" we don't even keep oil for it!
You could replace it with a pellet boiler or a modern wood boiler using little wood burners means there is no heat overnight and no heat if you are not home, whereas a modern version at least continues to run for 5-6 hours on one filling, both of those options will probably fit straight onto your existing set up BUT they may need a hotwatertank if the one you have is internal in the oil boiler (ours is) Straw furnaces would be an option but not if you have neighbours they are very very smokey. I think you will just have to cost it out, actually heating a house (and hotwater) with wood I find takes about 10-12 cubic meters a year that was a 1870's 3 bed bungalow heating the present house takes about 40kg of pellets per day but it's huge 6 beds and 3 receptions so that is probably a very high number! I did once use coal when I lived in a rental house in Durham, that was about a ton a month, totally ludicrous.
Skandi Rogers wrote:Careful about trying to go to wood the government seem set on banning all wood stoves and forcing people to buy only kiln dried wood to put in them.
Greg Mamishian wrote:It helps to live as far away from government bureaucracy as you can get. We chose to live in a rural unincorporated area which does not belong to any city so as to be free to do whatever we want.
Steve Woodward wrote:With pellet boilers our experience is that they can be a pig in a poke.