- Good Post Points
- N. Idaho
Our house is almost 10 years old, but built well and sealed and insulated, with 12” walls. We get lots of cold and snow (90 miles from Canada, PNW forest area) we severely down sized so only 2,200SF. I can set the thermostat, in case we have to go somewhere for an extended period, but it doesn’t come on at all normally.You know the worst thing about wood heat, getting up in the morning to start the fire and freezing your butt of while it heats up the room enough. The other thing is getting the heat from the room where the stove is back to the other rooms. Now if you have a wood fired boiler that uses hot water to heat, then the last item is not an issue.
Even in heavy snowy, stormy weather, say 5 degrees outside, I usually won’t stoke the fireplace ( centrally located, efficient wood stove) afternoon or at night. Yes, that means start a new fire in the AM, but the house only drops 5-8 degrees, in really cold weather, all evening and night.
I don’t like sleeping in a warm environment, so we keep the master area closed from full house heat. A large ceiling fan in the 28’ living/ great room ceiling height area, keep the air circulating slowly.
If the weather is only in the 20’s, I won’t even fill the stove. Just do a little warm up fire, and let it go out in a few hours.
Insulation and air movement are the cure. Like the highly insulated ice chests, compared to 20 year old hollow plastic ones.