The average consumer is always looking for ways to save money, and if those methods of saving money also make the world a safer and better place, then that is even better. As a result, we frequently make changes as to we do things. It might be in our approach to consumption of natural products, looking for more energy efficient methods of producing things, or perhaps becoming involved in movements like homesteading.
As a part of looking for ways to improve life, many homeowners are considering old school approaches as alternatives to consumptive energy sources – especially in regards to things like keeping one’s home comfortable during the cold moths. Consequently, “old school” sources for heat, such as the outside wood boiler are again, becoming more common.
Many people can recall hauling in firewood or autumn days spent stacking logs, and perhaps that resulted in so many homeowners opting for an alternative heat source. But now, as more emphasis is put on protecting our environment, people are now returning to the “old” ways. The outdoor wood furnace is a great option. Why? Consider these advantages:
1. The require less work. Rather than needing to maintain a fire in fireplace throughout the day by adding logs, with the wood boiler, you only need to add logs in the morning and in the evening.
2. When you set the heater to Very Hot, it works at full efficiency and you don’t have to be concerned about unburned gasses, soot or creosote building up.
3. The boiler is fired hot, and is happens quickly, so you are not waiting around for your home to actually get warm. As the boiler heats up, the air is moved to a holding tank and then dispersed over time as the temperature in a space fluctuates.
4. Unlike gas or electric heating systems, the outdoor wood heater uses logs – a resource that is in abundance.
5. Because it is installed outside of the house, you do not lose living space in your home.
6. Those who use this method of heat report significantly lower energy bills!
It should be noted that for one to get the full benefits of an outside wood heater, it should never be used to burn trash and should be used in conjunction with an outside water boiler so that the wood is burned cleanly.
This form of heating is a great way to get more for your home, for less. If you have questions about the value of a OWB, then talk to a local heating company and learn how one can be used to heat your home. You just might be surprised at how much you can save!