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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Alternative Heat on a 4 Layer day

I was out of the house for most of the day, and let me tell you it was COLD! I had to go all over Louisville and was in & out of the car. I had my heavy parka,wool scarf, a fleece top with a T’ and another tank underneath, warm slacks & heavy boots …4 layers and I was a still a popsicle! The sun was out but the wind was brutal!

I came home and Mr. Fix~It had the wood stove running! With power outages in the area it has been a life saver in the past. We’ve been able to stay home when others have had to find an alternative place to stay with heat.

We hadn’t used it yet this year as its down in the basement. And we no longer have child labor to keep it stoked needed to repair the blower. The great thing about that is the wood stove is hooked to our main heater and water heaters. An inner core in the tank heats the outer water and whoopee! Hot( and I mean HOT) water with virtually no electrical expense. (anyone with 3 daughters understands how exciting this is, it meant WE got to have hot showers also!) A blower is hooked to the woodstove so the smoke is diverted to exhaust and heat blows through our vents. The expense of the additional blower is much less than a continuous running propane heater. The main heater kicks on when the temperature of the wood stove drops.

Clear as mud?

I just know it works, and I’m happy we have an alternative source of heat if needed…well that and, I’m warmer & saving money!

Off to celebrate with some home made Chocolate Chip Cookies.


  1. Woo hoo! Cheap heat and chocolate chip cookies...what more could you ask for? :)


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