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Mud and Paul (and Andres) are keen to make an infographic about home heat choices.  Across the top will be types of heat.  And down the left side will be attributes/metrics.  With each metric will be a link to a thread that will act as a source for that row of information in the infographic.  Or, hopefully, a bit of a bibliography.  This thread is one of those threads.

Paul thinks that this work is so very critically important that he wanted to see if by starting these threads, the work can get started.  He very much hopes that you all will add to this effort so that we might be done in a tenth of the time than if it were just him and Mud working on it.


All of the metrics for all of infographic is focused on "average for Montana".  Keeping in mind that the average Montana home is 2000 square feet.

Heat infographic we're working on here: https://permies.com/t/204534/creating-heat-infographic"


Electric Baseboard  



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Rocket Mass Heater  

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Anyone has anything they want to share about how any of these heating systems are or are not local?
 
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Electric Baseboard  NOT local at all



Mini Splits    NOT local at all



In Ground Heat Pump     NOT local at all



Natural Gas        NOT local at all



Propane         NOT local at all



Wood Stove     The materials the stove is made of are not local, the fuel could be



Modern wood stove    The materials the stove is made of are not local, the fuel could be very local



Pellet Stove    Not Local at all



Masonry Heater    Some of the materials can be local if it's made of cob ; fuel could be local too



Rocket Mass Heater  Most materials to build with and fuel can be sourced in ones back yard
 
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Liv Smith wrote:Electric Baseboard  NOT local at all



Mini Splits    NOT local at all



In Ground Heat Pump     NOT local at all



Natural Gas        NOT local at all



Propane         NOT local at all



Wood Stove     The materials the stove is made of are not local, the fuel could be



Modern wood stove    The materials the stove is made of are not local, the fuel could be very local



Pellet Stove    Not Local at all



Masonry Heater    Some of the materials can be local if it's made of cob ; fuel could be local too



Rocket Mass Heater  Most materials to build with and fuel can be sourced in ones back yard



Hmm...
I think this creates a scenario where there is only one "right" answer. I'm a lot more shades of green myself.
As an example:
If you have a pellet mill nearby or a stove manufacturer in your state/province I see those as creeping towards local. If your RMH is using firebrick, stainless steel, glass matt insulation you are creeping away from it.  Situations will vary depending on your area and situation.
 
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So does the hyper local refer to the materials used to build the heating system, or the fuel used in the heating system? Both?

A mini split or ground source heat pump that is run off of solar electricity or micro hydro on your property is hyper local in its consumption, but not in its materials.
 
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Electric Baseboard  --No

Mini Splits    --No

In Ground Heat Pump    --No

Central Natural Gas Furnace      --No

Central Propane Furnace     --No

Pellet Stove   --Maybe

Wood Stove    --Yes

Modern wood stove--Yes

Masonry Heater    --Yes

Rocket Mass Heater --Yes
 
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