You don't have to work as hard as we do, but when this is free.....
We burn 6 cords during a "normal" winter to heat about 3,200 sqft. using a Regency Wood Stove in the basement and a Quadra-Fire Fireplace Insert on the 1st floor. 2nd Floor bedrooms are a comfortable 65 deg. 1st Floor is a comfy 75 deg. and the basement is a toasty 80 deg.
October 29, 2011 - Winter Storm "Alfred" allowed us to put about 20 cords of mostly Red Oak in our yard over the course of a couple of months. To this day we still see wood laying around for the taking. Seasoned-Cut-Split-Delivered hardwood is going for $175-$200 per cord. Filled up the oil tank in early Nov. for $3.60 per gallon - this 200 gals. will last us till April. If we just used oil, we would burn close to 1,200 gallon per year.
Both our wood stoves, my log splitter, and my chainsaws are already paid for...and then some.
1957 Farmall Cub "Emory
", Fast-Hitch, L-F194 Plow & Colter, L-38 Disc Harrow, Cub-54A Blade, Cub-22 Sickle Bar Mower, IH 100 Blade