I Love our Hot New Woodstove

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I’m not usually the type of person who enthuses about possessions. Yes – admittedly I do still have a soft spot in my heart for my first laptop and thinking about my electric bike makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Coming to think of it you might overhear me gushing about my bike to a vaguely interested bystander, but I still think it’s fair to say that in general my conversations don’t revolve around new stuff.

But- oh – I love our new woodstove. Do I dare admit that on more than one occasion I’ve felt the urge to give it a big hug and only resisted due to the thought of third degree burns?

I guess if our woodstove had always been a part of my life I’d think nothing of it – or more than likely I’d be even dreaming of replacing it with a heat source that doesn’t need regular tending.

Actually, been there – done that.

Moving into our current home in the mid 1990’s after heating with wood much of my adult life, I delighted that a flick of a switch would ignite a natural gas-fed fire. So easy. But being energy conscious, as no doubt you also are, my family did our best to minimize the use of said gas. The main floor of the house (heated also by a gas furnace) was kept at a tolerable temperature according to those wearing a couple of layers of woollies but darn if we were going to turn on the electric baseboards in the upstairs bedrooms. Going to bed on those -20 C nights was a dash under the down comforter and then a fair bit of waiting until limbs warmed up sufficiently to contemplate sleep. And then the mold started to sprout on the fir window sills and we knew we needed to do things differently.

An energy audit, air sealing and heat recovery ventilator installation later, not to mention refinishing window frames and replacing glass since the double pane seals were shot due to warping in the frames, we were ready to revisit our home’s heat source. Back to wood it was.

Now we’re warm. Our stove burns all night. When I come home from work I throw some wood on the fire, plop down in front of the stove and watch the flames. I love our woodstove.

It has a skookum secondary burner and has the lowest emissions ratings we could find. As soon as the snow melts we’ll be getting our next year’s wood so it has time to dry. We’re trying get a year ahead so it has 18 months to dry out.

I guess better still would be a passive haus design which warms itself from the sun with a small wood stove for those chilly nights. Someday, but right now I’m in love with our honkin big woodstove.