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Old 05-11-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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You folks need to get a wood stove.

While you'll be kicking on the heat to get the chill out of the air...I'll be putting it on for an hour at 5pm. That'll get the house warm enough to last through tomorrow at this point.

FREEEEEE
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:13 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Having a wood stove when there are toddlers around is a serious safety issue for me.
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:41 PM
 
Location: New England
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Having a wood stove when there are toddlers around is a serious safety issue for me.
Naahhh, you just have to set it up right and teach the kids. Mine won't go 6 feet near it.

Good Lord, how did we survive all these years without car seats, baby monitors, gates, drawer locks etc..
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Having a wood stove when there are toddlers around is a serious safety issue for me.
That should be an issue at all... I know a 3 yr old who is terrified of flames and heat so he knows not to go near there....but for safety protection whenever I have kids coming over I put a baby gate in front of it. Done.

I have seen homes (my neighbor is one of them) where they have a 4 foot metal gate with lock in front of their stove.

Your kids are an expense, dont let them prevent you from saving money either. but maybe you dont need an extra $2000/yr in your pocket...

Then when they get old enough they'll help you split the wood.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:19 AM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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I have seen homes (my neighbor is one of them) where they have a 4 foot metal gate with lock in front of their stove.

Yes, just like the rest of the house that needs to be "childproofed", they make gates to protect your child. However, just like a hot stove or a fire burning in the fireplace, children need to be taught the danger of the stove and not left unattended!
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:46 PM
 
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Ive never owned a home before, and never had an oil furnace as heat source. I am moving to a home in Hamden, Connecticut, with older split system oil furnace. Home is only about 1200 sq ft.

Im curious as to the average monthly winter bill of heating your home. How can I get a good idea? I think its good to know a head of time, but im not sure how I can get a good idea if ive never had this type of system before.

Thanks

I remember having to pay for Oil in the City and it was weekly, like $100 for a week's worth of Oil, My God I hated that, and the whole place smelled like that dreaded Oil. it was an old house and the guy that owned it never maintained it. I did what I could but I can't clean the vents.
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:56 AM
 
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I agree with Wavehunter. Great advice. NEVER Pre-pay for oil. Locking in a price is one thing, pre-paying is another. I think for a modest sized house $2000 is a good bet. I have 1700 sq feet, single story ranch, single pane windows, decent insulation and a woodstove that is only used in the evenings and on weekends and I've paid just under $1000. for oil and another $500 for 2 cords of wood that I'm only half through. The heat is set to 62 at night and when we're gone during the day and 65 to 68 when we are home. The water heater is electric so that doesn't come into play. If money is an issue start with the insulation and the programmable thermostat because they are relatively cheap to do yourself. If the windows are leaky that will cost some bucks. Good luck.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I've paid just under $1000. for oil and another $500 for 2 cords of wood that I'm only half through.
I would have given you 2 cords for $400. Mixed Hardwoods.
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: CT
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I agree with Wavehunter. Great advice. NEVER Pre-pay for oil. Locking in a price is one thing, pre-paying is another. I think for a modest sized house $2000 is a good bet. I have 1700 sq feet, single story ranch, single pane windows, decent insulation and a woodstove that is only used in the evenings and on weekends and I've paid just under $1000. for oil and another $500 for 2 cords of wood that I'm only half through. The heat is set to 62 at night and when we're gone during the day and 65 to 68 when we are home. The water heater is electric so that doesn't come into play. If money is an issue start with the insulation and the programmable thermostat because they are relatively cheap to do yourself. If the windows are leaky that will cost some bucks. Good luck.
Wow, 500 for two cords is alot! Do you line in FF county? I'm paying 160/cord for red oak in my neck of the woods-Eastern CT.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:35 PM
 
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I have a 1700 sq ft house thats 4 zoned meaning you can turn off the heat in that zone which I highly reccomend with the outrageous oil prices these days. I use 100 gallons a month I have cathedral cielings in 1/2 of the area I heat. I usually only have 1 zone on at a time. This feb I had to order 300 gallons for the first time since I've lived here over a 15 year period! usually Feb is a 200 gallon month but because the temps were so cold for so long more heat needed. I keep my heat at 65 -68 at night and 60-62 in the day time. I just bundle up in two pairs of warm sweat pants/shirts. I also usually have a portable oil filled heater on 1/2 level of heat all day- never leave those on while you sleep or when you're not home. I would get an electric heated house next time as I have run into a few life threatening problems with oil! 1st was when a burner malfuntioned and we almost died from carbon monoxide fumes this was before carbon monoxide detectors were made. 2nd was an oil delivery person wasn't paying attention and overfilled our tank which imploded it and spewed 300 gallons of oil all over the cellar which took 6 months to clean up and we could not live in the house the whole 6 months! Gas is even more dangerous in my opinion. Electric heat IS more expensive but peace of mind is worth something too. I would get a house that had solar ennergy WITH electric heat ideally.
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