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Old 02-23-2015, 03:29 PM   #81
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Cutting fire wood and splitting it is one of my favorite winter activities. The wife and I only heat with wood and she jokes that I always have a five year supply. We are fortunate to have close to a 15 acre wood lot, but I think in order for it to be worth it you have to like the work.
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Out of curiosity, how many actual trees does it take to heat your house each year?

Is it fully sustainable? I assume 15 acres of trees is plenty to indefinitely heat your house if you keep growing them, correct?
I have a friend who heats with wood. I helped him fell and cut up 12 mid to small trees (less than 20" diameter) and that's good for about 3 years worth of wood to run his woodstove. We cut some pine too but that needs to season for about 2 years before it's good to burn.
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We had a storm that knocked over 5 24" to 32" eucalypts and that will last my parents about 4 years with 2 fire places and giving away trailer loads to those in need.
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We had a storm that knocked over 5 24" to 32" eucalypts and that will last my parents about 4 years with 2 fire places and giving away trailer loads to those in need.
Is eucalyptus a good burning hard wood, or is it just for decorative fires?
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Is eucalyptus a good burning hard wood, or is it just for decorative fires?
It burns somewhat comparable to oak
Also is a good insecticide
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That's you. A lot of other men take on hobbies just to get away from their wife and kids. Chopping wood to save money and get some peace and quiet is perfect!
It's also good exercise. But some prefer walking in circles at a gym
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Out of curiosity, how many actual trees does it take to heat your house each year?

Is it fully sustainable? I assume 15 acres of trees is plenty to indefinitely heat your house if you keep growing them, correct?
I've heard it said if you keep five acres of wood lot growing you can produce enough for a house. I don't know for sure. I cut about 5 30" plus trees a year some years more, but that's more than I typically burn.
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Don't know if it's been said, but cat6 drops outside under the eves to mount camera's.
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