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    The heating season is done and all I bought was 16 gallons of propane!
    I recently installed an indoor coal and wood boiler. What a treat!
    I cut about 10 cords of wood and didn't get to burn any of it (too wet)
    So I bought 3 tons of coal and burned that. Took a long time to get used to it but after a couple of weeks I only had to feed it every 12 hours.
    It is looped into my existing propane boiler and if the fire goes out the propane kicks in. It's a little extra work that will save me thousands! If you have the time I suggest doing it! It will pay itself of in 2 years.
    Harman SF 260 130,000 btu's
    It also heats my domestic water.
    this year I will be buring wood. more tending but much cheaper!

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    Well, I am happy for you but perhaps you need to see Al Gore about some carbon offsets.

    Seriously, switching to wood or coal in light of environmental issues is really questionable. Industrial plants can use scrubbers for coal burners, but I assume a home plant has none of that.

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    I believe pellet stoves (with varieties of fuels, including corn) are more acceptable as alternative heat sources, but I do not know their actual environmental impacts.

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    Some of the heating appliances have catalytic converters available for the flues. Not sure how useful or effective they are. Those on pellet stoves seem to be pretty good. Wonder how much, if any, maintenance they require.

    After awhile, wood smoke is very annoying, and can give some people real health problems. They can really mess with local air quality.
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    As for global warming, after having a physics class, I find it hard to believe we are the cause
    "Warmest temps in 30 years"
    30 years is less then a blink of an eye in the timeline of the world.
    The world has seen it all.
    Besides that. I doubt my shovel or two of coal is something you can compare to the tons and tons of coal a power plant burns in a day.
    My "carbon footprint" is minimal.
    My fuel source (wood) is renewable.

    sorry if I touched a nerve.

    I thought this might start a conversation on how wonderful it is not to be dependent on an oil source.

    mike

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    Not trying to pick on you. My only point is that your neighbors get to smell and breath whatever is coming out of your chimney.

    I grew up in a small town, and have great memories of the smell of burning leaves in the air....all during the fall months. Everyone had a pile out on the curb and it smoldered continuously. We now know that those burn piles are what made the air so smoggy and gray, and folks are not allowed to burn leaves anymore.

    Sure, a few lucky folks can move out to the north forty and live like they please. But there is not room in the north forty for the other million people who happen to live nearby. It's a new world, Charlie Brown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE123
    My "carbon footprint" is minimal.
    My fuel source (wood) is renewable.

    sorry if I touched a nerve.
    No offense taken here, yet surely you can see Jimbo's point.

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE123
    I thought this might start a conversation on how wonderful it is not to be dependent on an oil source.
    Point taken, and, we agree! However, my wife's asthma precludes my own house from anything (or any neighborhood) but the most breathing-friendly kind we can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE123
    I thought this might start a conversation on how wonderful it is not to be dependent on an oil source.

    mike

    You WAS dependent on an oil source.

    Every time you fueled your chainsaw, used oil for the chain and burned gas to get to and fro to get that wood, along with what the log splitter gulped........you probably spent more and contributed to ozone depletion at a greater level.

    I talk from a great deal of experience; grew up/raised in a house with a wood burner stove.

    It's dirty, it's dangerous, it invites insects and the labor from the woods to that stove door is effing ridiculous.

    Those who turn a knob on a wall are more efficient of conserving fuel by owning a house that is efficient and sips the energy....not waste it through bad windows/siding/doors.

    Running a chainsaw is as bad as lawnmower when talking about the introduction of carbon.

    Been 14 years away from wood, glad of it. Let the non-believers continue thier hard time labor LOL!!!
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