I think I’m starting to get cabin fever; I really want to write about green and growing things,but I look out my window and it is white with dirty spots of brown and gray. So here is something to warm us up. I thought I’d write about our wood burning stove. I put this in our house about four years ago and to this day it is one of the best projects I’ve done. It paid for itself within the first year and a half. The stove itself was about $300, and the hardware for it ( black stove-pipe, double walled stainless steel stove-pipe for the exterior of the house, and the fireplace screen) was about another $300. Most of the tile, grout, and mortar we got off Craigslist for barter. All of the lumber used for the stove inset/stand was salvaged. So this whole project cost just under $700. As far as the wood we use to heat with, it comes from all over. We have purchased wood twice from a local nursery for about $315 for a full cord. I sometimes can get wood from the local compost for free, and I scavenge as much as I can. Having a wood stove in Minnesota sure makes the winters more pleasant, and the heating bills a lot less stressful. There is a lot of work involved, but it gets you outside in the winter and heats you twice from all the splitting that has to be done.
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