We Appreciate Simple Pleasures in Hard Times

18 degrees-1 web It's 18 degrees outside and the wind is picking up, so the chill factor is probably 8 degrees. The weather in Floyd today is brisk.

Fortunately, we decided a long time ago that we would install one of those new-fangled wood burning stoves with an outside air feed. Our medium-sized wood stove keeps our 1650 sq ft house comfortably warm with no other heat sources except for tiny bathroom heaters in the remote ends of the house.

Our 3 1/2 acre property supplies enough oak firewood that we do not expect to need any other fuel source  for the next four years. Our winter fuel costs include chainsaw parts, gasoline, and bar oil but not much more.

I expect the next few years will be much colder than this one, so I am looking at ways to store more firewood and to make the cutting and splitting as easy as possible.

Wood stoves have their downsides, like ashes to empty and wood chips on the floor, but when they are properly set up with blowers and ceiling fans to spread the heat, the result can be as picture perfect as this. See more of my wood stove posts here and here.

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We are not so focused on the simple life as you might expect. We are just trying to live in the most economical way possible and still lead a modern lifestyle. Just out of camera range there are three computers and a printer busily at work while several cats like this one dream of warmth and sunshine.

Hope you are all safe and warm this day. We are working to get as much done as possible before the next power outage hits.

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0 Responses to We Appreciate Simple Pleasures in Hard Times

  1. mattbg says:

    Sounds great, David. I have always wanted to install a wood stove as a secondary heat source but don’t have the room near the outside walls where a chimney can be aesthetically placed 🙁

  2. Mike Brown says:

    We live in Virginia Beach and have a woodstove on our main floor. Wood is stacked outside the south wall where it can continue to season until we need it. We built a wooden shute to shuttle wood into the wood box inside the house. We adore our wood stove’s radiant heat…second to none, but it is an ash emitter which settles dust on almost all parts of our living space. The new house we’re building in Floyd has a large wood stove in the basement away from most of the common living areas upstairs. Radiant heat from the stove heats the upstairs abundantly sans the ash dust. I’d recommend the separation if you have a two level house. We’re installing a propane fireplace upstairs for the ambiance, but with the cost of propane, it’s only on and off when we’re directly in the room. Cheers!

  3. Marti says:

    That looks lovely – I’m glad you are staying warn and toasty! Hope you are feeling much better now.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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