Is woodheating ideal? No.
So why, why do I sweat-work so hard to do it, eh?
Many Why’s to this.
This picture is current as of this morning. Three days needing heating and ventilation and almost used up one wheel barrow (7.5 cubic feet) of mixed Douglas Fir and Red alder woods.
Three days of cold’ish raining now.
50F/10C outside, 24/7.
And I’ve only thermostat bumped up and used the central central electric furnace once to 4:30 AM heat the perimeter bedrooms.
A non-perfect; non-ideal of single point wood heating is distribution. And cold outer walls. The comparable non-perfect, non-ideal of forced air central heating is NO HOT, HOT single-point to cozy up to coming inside, wetted and cold!!
And the wood-sweating, working will add a decade onto your life.
Costs are certainly a factor:
Ha! Ha! And my 13 year old wood stove is not a nice female. Mines a Hog. A wood-hog.
I’ve learned I can feed it any woods. At any moistures from 5-7% Ideal to 40% far-from-ideal. Feed it corrugated cardboard box material. Feed it all paper based packaging.
Feed it actually sawdust in double craft-paper rolled up made sack-logs.
Feed it pine and fir cones and tree barks.
Feed it old broken up wooden furniture, and OSB, and MDF sticks and chunks.
I wood stove heat for the FREEDOM.