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This Old Crack House

From log house to farmhouse. Farmhouse to townhouse. Townhouse to apartment house. Apartment house to crack house. Crack house to our house. Our house to our home.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Of Wood Pellets, Rain and Beer!

"Chad the lad" left a comment on the last post wanting me to post a picture of what a ton of wood pellets looks like. Well here you go (with your favorite little munchkin of course!)

What would have been more interesting would have been a picture of his 3/4 ton pick up loaded with a ton of pellets and how the two of us looked after hauling fifty 40# bags from his truck to our basement in the pouring rain on Sunday. What he doesn't want you to know is that he did this for a six pack of Guinness. He isn't free but he's relatively cheap! I'm not cheap but I am easy so together we're two wet slobs, one with a case of wood pellets and the other with a case of beer!


At 11/14/2007 9:51 PM, Blogger Muskego Jeff said...

What's the burn rate for the pellets, or better yet, how long do you guess they'll last you?

At 11/14/2007 10:53 PM, Blogger Gary said...

We hope this pallet will last us the winter. Normal sized houses will require 3 tons for the season which equates to one to one and a half bags of pellets per day. We have the thermostat set at 52 degrees with a 2 degree variable so the thing will kick in at 50 degrees. I can always up the temperature while I work there but last year I learned that I can work comfortably above 40 degrees. Our 1700 sq. ft residence cost us $1000 to heat with natural gas last year. We have a gravity furnace and the temperature set at 65 degrees. If 3 tons would heat that place then our cost would drop to $600. This place is over 4000 sq. ft. I can't answer your question until next year when we have the other pellet stove up and running and we see what we are using. When we are in this place full time it will have two pellet stoves, two wood stoves, three fireplaces and a gas furnace that we hope will only be a back up. Since electricity costs are often tied into gas it too may become costly. Our biggest fear is being without power for several days and having no heat at all. The woodstoves and fire places will help in that scenario. We can also cook on them since we are re-enactors and have all the cookware!


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