After a long difficult winter last year, my husband and I were faced with a difficult choice. Either continue to pay for fuel gas heating which cost us thousands of dollars, change over to natural gas, which in our case would have far too costly to consider or find an alternative method of heating our home.
My husband was dead set on installing a wood stove. Having had one in the past, I was not very enthusiastic about the idea. Not only did I find them messy, but dangerous as well. Since out house is quite old the thought of a wood stove fire frightened me.
However, after our fuel gas heating bill climbed to over $3000 dollars last winter I knew something had to be done. We had looked into converting to natural gas, and discovered while this type of heat would be cheaper once it was installed, the installation would be well beyond our current means.
Not only would we have to install the pipes from the road to the house, which would be fairly expensive, but in our case we would need to replace all the heating pipes inside the house, as well as our furnace since it was too old to be converted to natural gas and our hot water heater as well. Having gotten an estimate for the parts and labor we realized that it would take almost our entire yearly income to convert to natural gas.
Since we both like to eat, and have electricity we decided that such a conversion at this time was simply not a workable solution.
That left us with only one alternative. Wood heat. While not happy with this solution I agreed to allow my husband to do some research into the matter and see if he could up with a solution that would guarantee that we could both be warm and that I would not worry myself to death.
To my surprise he did. The solution proved to be, not the old fashioned kind of wood stove, but the newer wood pellet stoves. To my surprise not only were these stoves affordable, but the installation was simple and they are incredibly safe. I can actually lay my hand on the top of the stove when it is burning full force, but it only requires a floor pad and not the surrounding wall pads as well.
It also keeps our home much warmer than our fuel gas furnace did but at half the cost.
In fact, when we added up the cost of the stove and all the parts, the installation which we could do ourselves, a state of the art thermostat and the fuel for the entire winter we have cut this years heating bill in half!
Next year, without the expensive of the stove and the accompanying paraphernalia our heating expenses should be drastically reduced.
This change has made not only a big difference in our outgoing expenses this coming winter but has allowed us to live in more comfort than ever before.
What could be better than that!