21 responses to Keeping Warm

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    Roberta Klooster
    Keeping Warm (December 12th, 2011 at 07:45)

    Well, burning wood does smell good and a log burning can keep me facinated for hours. But growing up with wood and coal heat, the soot covering everything is awful. I remember it well as we had a coal furnace and a coal burning stove in the kitchen. The only time you could keep surfaces clean was in the summer. God bless the woman who tries to keep a coal heated home clean!

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    Lee Ann
    Keeping Warm (December 12th, 2011 at 07:51)

    I agree with you Roberta on the coal burning. We had a huge coal furnace that was smack in the middle of the living room. The walls were black with soot. Finally Dad moved it to the basement and we had a fireplace that burned wood.

    I love the smell of the wood burning and the crackle when it pops.
    Every year after Christmas, would enjoy cutting up the tree and burning in the fireplace and making the house smell good from the pine.

    Several of my friends have had those stove heaters in their homes and they are very nice to have.

    Keeping Warm

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    Burning Wood (December 12th, 2011 at 10:35)

    Burning Wood

    Being a Northerner, I have never burned coal.I’ve had wood stoves that left ash and soot everywhere, and others that burned very cleanly. Right now, we have an Amish-made stove from Aylmer, Ontario, made by Suppertime Stoves. It is one of the best stoves I’ve had in 30 years of burning wood. It is a combination cookstove and heater. They make larger models, but our house is about 900 square feet and this one heats all of it. It is much admired by everyone. It isn’t fancy, but it is the stove I have wanted for years.

    Burning Wood

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      Yochannah
      stove (December 12th, 2011 at 14:00)

      stove

      Oooohhhh! *giddy* would LOVE it if you could/would post a pic of your stove(or a pic of your type of stove)!!!

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    Burning bad stuff (December 12th, 2011 at 10:37)

    Burning bad stuff

    No doubt it can be a mess. The city I live in is dealing with a perennial air pollution problem. There are still a lot of old coal and wood-burning stoves in the old tenement buildings in the city (I actually have one in my home which I use from time to time). It seems some folks like to burn garbage and other things you shouldn’t, though, which has become punishable by a pretty chunky fine.

    Lugging wood here is a challenge as well. Still enjoy it once in a while though.

    Burning bad stuff

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    Lois Morgan
    Wood and Coal Stoves (December 12th, 2011 at 11:49)

    Wood and Coal Stoves

    My grandparents had a coal furnace(they lived in the Anthracite Coal region of Pennsylvania) and my grandmother dusted everything every day. I remember how black the window sills looked each morning before she dusted.
    Now I have a wood stove and it is great about burning every piece of wood, cleanly.
    I love this heat, as opposed to propane, which is what we had before, and which we were priced out of!

    Wood and Coal Stoves

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    sarah
    kinds of woodburning stoves... (December 12th, 2011 at 14:50)

    kinds of woodburning stoves...

    all of my new amish neighbors went and bought new cookstoves last year… amish made! they were called “ashland”… they had a whole truckload brought up from lancaster(?) i would say they were a bit pricey ($3500), but i guess that’s a pretty standard price for a cookstove. i would love to get one, but i can’t seem to find a dealer. perhaps i’ll have to go to lancaster myself… with a truck of course…

    kinds of woodburning stoves...

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    Yochannah
    Keeping Warm (December 12th, 2011 at 15:01)

    Eric: thank you for this post. I had always wondered how the Amish homes were heated.

    We heat with wood.- and love it for many, many reasons.- not the least of which is that we can do so even when the electricity goes down because of fierce winter storms.

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    Laura
    Keeping Warm (December 12th, 2011 at 16:30)

    When I was a kid and we lived in Oregon, we had a sawdust furnace. My dad would get a truckload of sawdust for basically nothing from a sawmill — in those days, it was considered trash — and then about once a week he’d have to shovel it into the furnace. I still remember how toasty it kept the house, and how nice it always smelled. I would love to have another furnace like that, but sawdust has gotten expensive, I understand. :(

    Keeping Warm

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      Brook
      sawdust furnace (April 21st, 2012 at 14:22)

      sawdust furnace

      Laura, I came across your posting while searching for information on sawdust furnaces. There used to be one in the house I live in (in Eugene), before I was here, and I’ve been wanting to learn more. And now I’m a graduate student working on a project on old heating systems in Oregon homes for an architecture/historic preservation class, so I’m doubly interested. Do you have thoughts about how I can learn more about them–people to ask, companies who made them, books, etc.? Thanks.

      sawdust furnace

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    Keeping Warm (December 12th, 2011 at 16:32)

    Keeping Warm

    A lot of my friends use wood-burning stoves for heat, because it’s reliable…and it’s not affected by any power outages in summer or winter. We use electric heat, but we do have a nice fireplace for warmth if we need to rely on that. Greetings from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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    Tom
    Two Temps (December 12th, 2011 at 20:30)

    Two Temps

    My grandparents had a wood burning stove and i remembered that the house had two temperatures. Freezing arctic cold when the fire went out at night, or surface of the sun hot during the day/evening when the fire was roaring.

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    Paul A.B.
    Keeping Warm (December 12th, 2011 at 21:41)

    Heating with wood is actually an environmentally friendly way to go, and a great alternative in these days of high-efficiency stoves and high gas prices! And wood is eminently renewable. So long as people are educated on the importance of burning seasoned wood, and keeping their stoves and chimneys maintained, I see no reason why modern wood heat can’t become even more popular. Might even help the domestic economy as well, to buy wood from nearby woodlots.

    Keeping Warm

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      Keeping Warm (December 14th, 2011 at 06:26)

      My only challenge is getting it to my place without a car (I don’t have one in Poland). I tried to carry a load once, and my biceps nearly exploded. A short taxi ride can haul a big bunch though, which is probably what I’ll do again.

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Keeping Warm (December 13th, 2011 at 22:16)

    That kind of reminds me of my grandmother’s wood burning stove at her cottage. Only I don’t believe she or my uncle’s current model has glass on the door. The one is for heating though, not cooking I gather.

    I actually remember food having a lovely taste actually on wood cooking units.

    Even though its probably a degree above zero here in my neighborhood, I could use a wood burning stove in my place some nights. I put a heavy blanket on a night or two ago.

    Keeping Warm

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    kerry
    Keeping Warm (December 13th, 2011 at 23:39)

    Use a wood burner here but have oil as an alternative. With oil prices so high this year, though, we didn’t even get the tank filled. When it’s not absolutely freezing out, the house is still somewhat comfortable when we come home from work even though the fire is out by then – the heat does linger. And since the burner is in the basement, our wood floors are always nice and warm in the mornings! :)

    There are many people around here who still use coal, and not all Amish. You can smell it at night especially, and it reminds me of when I was little – such a familiar smell.

    Keeping Warm

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      Heating system subsidies (December 14th, 2011 at 06:24)

      Heating system subsidies

      I like the smell of coal as well, though I know some people can’t stand it.

      I just learned that my town is subsidizing new heating systems to the tune of 90% if you get rid of your coal/wood-burning stove. I don’t know if it’s quite the deal for some people due to electric and gas prices here. I think I am too attached to my stove (it’s ceramic and kind of antique-y) to get rid of it even with that kind of deal. I do have an electric system already so I actually use the stove pretty rarely.

      Heating system subsidies

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    Paul A. B.
    Keeping Warm (December 14th, 2011 at 11:20)

    The stoves or ovens with glass doors to the firebox have a really smart design. You can see when the box needs loading. Frankly, that’s the only kind of stove I’d want to get when in the market for a wood stove!

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      Not your Grandparent's Stove (January 1st, 2012 at 13:52)

      Not your Grandparent's Stove

      Just have to say that I have been using coal and wood as my primary heating source for our house and water,for the past 4 years.
      Love being off the grid…a little work, but well worth it when I look at the savings. I bought a stove from an Amish company in Lancaster and was so impressed with the quality of the workmanship that I ask for and received permission to offer these to my “English” neighbors here in NEPA.
      They are in no way like the stoves of old…much more efficient and a lot cleaner. As with any solid fuel, I would never say there is not a bit more cleaning to do, but I just think that nothing compares to the warmth of a wood or coal stove.

      Not your Grandparent's Stove

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    butch
    Keeping Warm (September 22nd, 2012 at 06:11)

    I often see where a fire breaks out in an amish home, what causes this fire, especially in the mercer county area of pennsylvania , I often wodered what causes the fires?

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