This is an un-retouched photo of my farmhouse in the winter – it really is blue cold! That Disney movie “Frozen” ya, I live there. Right now I heat with wood and use oil as a back-up. I don’t think I’m too different from other Canadian folks that are concerned with heating costs, but also I have concerns about the renewability of the resource we are consuming.
Right now, the wood I buy is delivered to my back door from a dump truck, I usually buy 15 or so face cords (a face cord is a stacked pile of wood 4 feet high by 8 feet long and a piece of wood is anywhere from 12″ to 24″ long.) When it gets dumped in the driveway, I carry EVERY stick of wood through my kitchen and downstairs to the forced air furnace. It takes DAYS and it is mind-numbing, back breaking work. I have decided NO MORE! When my children were at home, they would help me carry the wood down – each day after school they would each carry 50 pieces of wood before they started their homework. I still want to heat with wood, partly because, to me, it’s environmentally responsible, but also, there is nothing that feels like wood heat. I want to buy a polar furnace that can be loaded once a day with enough wood to burn 24 hours. From what I understand, you don’t have to burn woods that have a high BTU – you can burn any wood at all and the polar furnace will take 4′ logs.
UPDATE: So, I ended up resurrecting my old wood chute. When the children and I used to put the wood into the basement in the 80’s, we had a wood chute. Many years ago, the side porches were put back on the house and that construction covered the wood chute, in order to make this an easier job, I had a finish carpenter open the floor to the side of the basement so the wood could be loaded in. Now, I don’t have to carry each piece of wood through the kitchen and downstairs. It certainly makes the job easier and when the wood is in the basement, I re- align the floor and cover it with a carpet and put the furniture back in place! No one even knows that the hatch is there!
I digress, the title of this post is Polar Furnace – Do They Work? I don’t know, I am still using my wood/oil combination. I would ask my readers for their opinions and ideas – please comment below.