Heating the Homestead Cabin

When we decided to remodel our living room several years ago, we put in a gas fireplace.  Just flip the switch and we have a fire and a heat source.  While our primary source of heat comes from our gas furnace, this particular fireplace also came with a battery back-up.  We’ve lost power in the winter a few times and our furnace doesn’t work without power.  So a back-up source of heat was a wonderful selling point.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out quite as well as we had imagined it would.  For a matter-of-fact, I can only remember one time we were able to get the fireplace working during a power outage.  Not a good thing.

Our frustration with our gas fireplace has led hubby and I to some discussions on how we want to heat our future home.   We both enjoy watching the fire in our fireplace, but we do miss the sounds and smells that come with burning wood.  So as we consider features we would like to have in our next home, a wood-burning heat source is high on that list.  Power or no power, as long as we are diligent in making sure we have wood, we will always have heat.

Now the decision becomes fireplace or wood stove.  We discussed.  We researched.  Ultimately, we decided a wood stove is the best way to go.  No big masonry work required and less heat loss thru a chimney.   Twice a year cleaning of the wood stove pipe is recommended, but I’m sure that is something we can handle on our own.  The harder work will be cutting and hauling our own wood.  We learned a little about that last spring when the big Hackberry tree in our front yard got hit by lightning and fell.  Yet the thought of having wooded property that allows us to provide our own wood source and a  roaring fire in our wood stove providing heat to our home feels right.

And there are so many wood stove choices.  Like this one . . . . .

the Hearthstone 8012 woodstove.  It will heat up to 2500 square feet, will burn up to 10 hours with a heat time of up to 14 hours.  No need to get up in the middle of the night to put more logs on the fire.

Of course there is also the option of a wood cook stove.

But I haven’t researched them enough to know if I’m sold on that idea or not.

Making plans and considering all the little details of our homestead is part of the work that goes in to turning our dream into our reality.  Sometimes the decisions are easy and sometimes the decisions are hard work.  But it takes work and perseverance to turn dreams into our reality.