Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This is not an outhouse

I just wanted to mention, in case anyone didn't know-the little outhouse looking thing in my last post is not an outhouse! As I was looking at the pictures I realized it really did look like a port-a-potty like they use at construction sites. Nope. It's our Heatmor outdoor woodburning stove. We use it to heat our house (and it will also heat our new house) and it saves us a ton of money on our gas bill. We burn wood it in, which we get for free from my father-in-law's woods, and it heats a tank of water. The heated water goes through a pipe into our basement where it goes into a radiator-like device. Our regular furnace's fan blows over it and that forced air heats our house. It comes through the heat registers just the same as if it was heated by our regular furnace. If the wood fire ever goes out and the house gets too cold, the regular furnace will kick on. That almost never happens though. We could hook it up to heat our water heater and dryer but we haven't done that. Maybe someday. We first had it installed and starting using it in February (can't remember what year) and when we got our natural gas bill, it was less than it was the previous August. And if you've ever lived in the Midwest in February, you know that's saying a lot. It gets cold-there's a reason they say February might be the shortest month but out here, it feels like the longest.

Here is a better view of it (that is a big patch of weeds in front of it)

And I was going to put this in my last post and forgot - a picture of a very curious kitty among the dirt piles

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