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Wood Consumption vs. Application
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:01:18 AM »

Searched,,Could not find anything on the consumption of wood,,comparing to what people are heating.
There was a post started in the gen discussions .
It got sidetracked by how cheap wood was compared to oil .
Anyway, lots of people come on here to check,, before buying a OWB.
A guy that just wants to heat his house gets mixed up by someone burning 20 cords heating a farm or stadium.

So..reply with what your heating and how much wood u use.
Include type of wood and other details that affect your wood consumption.not how much money u save! O0
My deal is 1600 ft bungalo with basement, Dhw, 70 ft loop of 1" pex, North Central Ontario.
6 months = 5 or 6 bush cords,maple and ash

May be we can get an average so people can get an idea if they are running efficiently

 Cord is 4x8x4 feet or 128 cubic feet



 


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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 10:11:59 AM »

1400 sq. ranch with 800 sq. ft finished in walkout basement.  DHW, 140ft loop of 1"pex, Central Michigan, only 2 months of usage under my belt and averaging approx 1 bush cord of white ash per month. 
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 01:23:05 PM »

2200 sq.ft house with full finished basement heated to 72.  1200 sq.ft 3 door garage heated to 45-50.  All well insulated. DHW, boiler is 60 feet from house.  I heat from Oct 1 to first week of May and I live in Manitoba, Canada.  My unit is a heatmaster 5000E and I use 12-15 cords of wood (which is 80%oak) a season.   :thumbup: 
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 03:31:09 PM »

I'm heating 2400 sq ft walkout basement and 2400sq ft main level all with indoor heat.  Also heating dhw.  Stove is fifteen feet from the house.  Also heating a 3,000 sq ft shop infloor heat with 16' high ceilings.  Also heating dhw in the shop.  Shop is 200' from the boiler.  Shop is at 64,house is at 70.  Heating with a Heatmaster 20,000e and burning strictly green oak.  I'm gonna burn around 17 cord this year sept-April.
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 03:59:35 PM »

 I am heating around 6,000 feet, 3000 of which you could throw a cat out through (my Shop) I typically would burn 35+ full cord of 4 foot green wood mixed in my old conventional Wood Doctor 14,000  Last year I burned chips and last week I started a test on a new nozzle for the Optimizer 250 by P+M, surprisingly enough so far the 250 is doing the job, last 7 days here in Maine have been normal with overnight lows in the single digits and highs near freezing, about 2/3 of a cord gone so far
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 05:40:11 PM »

For cost of mixed gas and bar oil and fuel for the skidsteer 35 cord for 6,000 sq ft you might want to look into lp...or insulation.  I realize you understand heating systems but how about building envelopes?!?!  35 cord for 6000 sq ft is ridiculous.
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2015, 06:51:40 PM »

this is getting exciting :thumbup:
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2015, 07:55:52 PM »

Central Ontario; 1400 sq ft older farmhouse + 700 sq ft shop (loops 165 ft and 90 ft respectively - single circulator). 6 to 7 full chords early October to late April.
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2015, 09:23:33 PM »

2200 sq ft house no dhw.using 300 gallon storage tank.
had no tank last year and burned about 20 cord of 20 inch wood
in southern quebec.last year was nasty while this year has been cold but  less snow then last
makes a difference.snow around a foundation and some on the roof really protects from the wind
i usually shovel some snow up against the cement just to hold some heat in
anyhow i`m on track to burn about 14 to 15 cord this year with half being junk wood(softwood poplar etc)
and some punky stuff
the other half is decent beech maple cherry ash birch whatever.
burn from 1st sept to mid may
i`d love to be able to burn 5 or 6 cord a year.
those southern folk have got it made :thumbup:
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2015, 09:46:56 PM »

30 below zero as I type!!!  Rite now heating a 1200sqfoot shop 10'/12'  walls, 2x8 r30 walls, triple pane windows w/gas,  r60 in ceiling, 6' atv door, 12' truck door and 2 man doors...  1000' up on what can be a  windy ridge/hill top ! 2.20 cords since 4 oct =70 degs slab heat  (and I got 12x44 of covered space on each side to! do ya like how I hid the tall walls with the "wings"  of 4" lap  siding ! ...u can tell where the ceiling really is by the motion lite height !   :D )   
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2015, 03:52:13 AM »

Sluggo, you would have to understand my shop, first it was built as a big toy box that was not to be heated, if it were I would have done in slab radiant and insulated it all well including perimeter walls, The wood is all Boise Cascade laminated products that were hauled home from my job where I delivered those products to job sites, if they were refused for any reason, it was company policy to destroy the product. I had 7 tractor trailer loads on my back yard at one time, we used the I joists standing up as walls so insulating it would not have been easy, we wrapped it all with a layer of lumber wrap inside and out, sheet rocked and vinyl sided it then hung everything you can imagine on the walls. Was it the right way to go for everybody, Heck no but I ended up with a shop that my friends and I can feel confident that when we need to repair or fabricate something we can do it ourselves, they all typically help with the processing of the wood, watch the stove when I'm gone etc etc. Did I mention how much that shop cost me to put up, I have about $12,000 dollars into the concrete, siding, shingles and wiring, everything else for materials was donated, I as well as my friends are pretty happy with it over the past 15 years, Oh and I almost forgot to tell you about the second floor, we have 2 pool tables set up there that I do pretty well on $. I'm 52 years old, IF I ever build another shop, I can hopefully afford to do it the right way but for now, what I have works very well, perhaps not efficient but Definitely very effective!
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2015, 06:38:44 AM »

2200 sq ft house no dhw.using 300 gallon storage tank.
had no tank last year and burned about 20 cord of 20 inch wood
i :thumbup:

Just to be sure we're all on the same page,,, a cord is  4x 8 x 4 ft deep
Don't want to get off topic here, but there is always some mix up that.

No matter how ya stack it it has to come out to 128 cubic feet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cord_%28unit%29
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2015, 07:48:29 AM »

my cord is 4x8x16 inches so i guess that would mean i burn 5 of your cords
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2015, 08:04:11 AM »

4200 sq ft house high ceilings open floor plan! On top of a hill open to a ridge 14-18 cords not face cord usually start burning in October shut her down in March.
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Re: Wood Consumption vs. Application
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2015, 09:04:49 AM »

my cord is 4x8x16 inches so i guess that would mean i burn 5 of your cords

Yup, 10-4 My friend ,,,,I kinda thought when you posted 20" lengths that this cord thing was gonna rear it's ugly head :bash:

I think most of the posts are pretty close to the same,, wood  to /sq.ft  ratio.
We gotta all be using the same measurments or forget it.
Cords are a whole other thread! :bash:
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