Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cabin Heat

We heat our cabin with a woodstove, a very old propane furnace that heats the utility room only and occasionally electric space heaters. So, how warm does it get? The question is...how hot do you want it? I've had it up to 90F. When I'm there, I keep it around 65. I still have to get up in the middle of the night to stoke the fire. Our woodshed is 'down the hill and around the propane tank'. Coming back up the hill with wood in the sled, is the challenge! In winter, we keep a large plastic bin outside by the utility room door to keep wood in. It stores enough for about a day and a half. During summer, the bin is emptied and moved away fromt the cabin. Carpenter ants and log cabins, don't mix.

Here is the 'woodshed' behind one of our other sheds. That is a robin nest platform near the top of the shed that Bill made for me. That's our blue canoe. I have the orange sled all ready with wood on it. Best $7.00 I ever spent. Obviously, I took this pic in the fall. That sled gets a lot of use for winter. I drag the sled around the propane tank and up the hill to the utility room door.

This is the bin that we keep at the utility room door. It holds about a day and a 1/2 worth of wood.

Even Princess Cleopatra has to be wrapped with a blanket until Mommy has the cabin warm enough, otherwise she shivers.

Bill has the woodburner torn apart for a good cleaning. He does this about every 3 months. See the arch in the fireplace? You can't see it when all the trim pieces are on the wood burner. Shucks, it's so pretty. The original stone firebox is approx. 3-4 ft. deep and it has the original cast iron liner. Our fire tools aren't for show, they are for hard use, but I bought the set because they are pretty. They are hand forged, individual pieces. I also have extra brushes and shovels because they always come in handy.

Not a fire for 'watching', the glass door gets a lot of smoke and crusted with creosote, but it sure is toasty! My bloggy pal Margy over at http://powellriverbooks.blogspot.com/ cooks in and on her woodburner. I can't cook ON mine, but I'm going to try and cook in it. I need to buy a fire brick to set inside the door.


George said...

I got warm just reading about your stove. I had a wood-burning stove when I lived in North Carolina -- it really put out the heat. Now we just have the fireplace, but it does a pretty good job, too. Let us know how cooking in the stove turns out!

Homemaker Ang said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by! We have a real ice house (we actually brought it with us when we moved here)

We dont plan on hooking up to electricity at all. It has been going well!

Interesting your friends also bought an amish home

God bless!


Cedar ... said...

That last pic sure looks cozy, I wish I had a wood stove here but I don't think I'd have the physical strength any more to handle the wood and the cleaning, etc. There is nothing like the heat from a wood fire!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh Denise, I have such memories of a wood-burning stove. My great aunt had one in her old house. That thing really did put out alot of heat. It was the only heating system she had in that big old house. I have good memories of visiting her when I was a little girl.

They also had one of those big ole' black wood-burning COOK stoves. I haven't seen one of those since. Thanks for the memories.

I'd love to see your cabin sometime. It sounds so cozy and WONDERFUL.

Have a very Merry Christmas.

The Three Little Bears said...

I love wood stoves and I love ours. Thanks for the tip about keeping wood away from the home, I just told my husband as we were thinking of stacking a bunch next to our house this winter.

Denise said...

George - The first thing that I plan on trying to cook is pepper steak.

Ang - We are very close to an Amish community. I love to buy bread from them. The 'ice house' that our friends have is approx. 12X12X12. It's HUGE!

Cedar - you would find the strength. If I didn't have Bill, I would have to do it myself because it's too darn cozy!

Betsy - I'd love a cookstove! Even if I just had one on a summer porch. I'd love to learn how to use one. Homemaker Ang above, is looking for one for her everyday use! I'm not ready to go that far yet.

Hot Belly Mama - After Christmas, get hubby to buy you a big plastic bin that you can have ready by the door. In the spring, send it elsewhere.

Alex and Alicia said...

I just love the stone work around your wood fire - it looks so beautiful! And I can only imagine how cozy that stove makes the cabin, even in spite of all the hard work! I like the trusty orange sled though; it adds a certain flair to the whole operation. :)

Denise said...

Alicia - orange is the new black...LOL I couldn't do it without that little plastic sled and the cord has never broken on it. Bill used it last summer to move 100lb stones for our 2nd fire pit.

Powell River Books said...

I see that it is the time of year that we are both thinking about cozy warm wood stoves. Thanks for your mention of my blog in your post. One of the easy things I like to cook inside my stove is baked potatoes. I wrap them in foil and sit them on the ledge just inside of the door. They bake up nice and no wasted propane for the oven. -- Margy