Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Nice and Toasty Warm

Last fall we decided that we needed some supplemental heat for our furnace. Our system is an electric heat pump, which is an efficient form of heat, but just isn't enough to heat our size house in this climate. When the temperatures get down to around zero, the old heat pump just can't keep us warm, and then kicks on an auxiliary electric heater that costs a fortune to run.
We decided to purchase a Europa corn/wood/wheat furnace, and installed it in the family room. We used it at the beginning of the cold season before turning the furnace on, and have used it sporadically since. The temps are due to get below zero this weekend, so Shannon cleaned out the pellet stove to get it running at it's most efficient. It was quite a messy, sooty job. It's up and running now, so bring on the cold weather!

We have chosen to burn wood pellets this winter rather than corn. It is easier to store, and apparently burns hotter and more efficiently. The stove produces more than enough heat to warm the family room, kitchen and entryway, the areas that were the coldest last winter.

We've been pleased with the results so far this winter.

"Like the cold of snow in time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters." Proverbs 25:13

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