Investing in precious metals 101

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  • Thu, Dec 08, 2011 - 02:24pm

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I’m in my 4th season of wood heat and did most of the installation myself, with help from a contractor friend in putting in the chimney.  I splurged a bit on the stove (Woodstock soapstone) because it is very efficient and beautiful. 

I also had a lean-to built on the side of the barn for wood storage.  Almost all the lumber came from a spruce tree I cut down and sawed to lengths, had transported to a sawmill to custom cut rafters and beams.  I hired a couple Amish guys to do the building.  They did good work cheaply. 

I built the pad to put under the stove a lot more cheaply than buying one.  it isn’t difficult.

I buy loads of logs locally for about $700-750.  A load contains about seven full cords.  I cut, split and stack it myself.  This year I bought a log splitter because my old splitter is in college now.

I try to have at least a years worth of wood cut and stacked in the lean-to at all times.  That ensures that I’m always burning well seasoned wood.  I move most of a winter’s wood from the lean-to to the front porch before the heating season begins.

I had a heavy gauge triple wall stainless chimney fabricated by a local Amish fabricator for about half what I would have paid for an inferior chimney from Lowe’s or Home Depot.  Then I ran it straight up through the center of the house about 22 ft.  I would advise not running a chimney out through a wall and then up.  I always have a good draft.  Never any puff back.

I live in western NY where we have pretty cold winters.  I’ve already paid off my investment in what oil heat would have cost.  I could harvest timber off my property if it comes down to that, but buying logs is cheap enough and a lot easier on my aging bones.

Doug