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This Elmira Cookstove provides full off-grid heat and cooking in a charming, nostalgic design.
After last year’s extreme winter and the horrific LP gas prices, even a rise in natural gas prices, many people are looking for alternative ways to heat their home this winter. Since 2000, prices for fuel have skyrocketed and home owners have emptied their wallets trying to keep warm.
The energy companies offer some suggestions such as locking in a price with a monthly billing program. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee they will hold to the agreement as some LP gas customers found out the hard way. The flip side of this, the next year’s payments will be calculated on the higher price for the previous season.
Solar power, wind generators and wood burning are alternative energy sources for heating. With the abundance of wood in this area, wood is usually the cheapest, even if wood needs to be purchased. Payback on furnaces and other wood burners is usually fairly fast as the cost of the burner can be recouped because the wood can be obtained for free in many cases.
Solar energy is a clean, efficient way to run a furnace. In the Northwoods this could be a bit risky if used as the only source for heating and generally the payback is very lengthy. This is also true for wind energy generators. However, personal preference can make this a great alternative as an energy source as long as there is back up heating equipment.
Watching a wood fire brings a lot of enjoyment when it is utilized for heat and there is a lot of variety in the type of wood burning appliances. Select from small cast iron wood stoves to massive outdoor furnaces that can heat more than one building at the same time.