Heating with wood can offer warmth, comfort and piece of mind.
Whether wood is your primary heating source or you just use it occasionally, choosing the right heat generating device is important.
Do research and be realistic about what option is best for you.
Understand the difference between a device that will heat a room compared to a device that will effectively heat your entire home......and then some.
Think of a heating device, like a wood stove or outdoor wood furnace, as a long term investment.
Consider the amount of money you will save and how long it will take you to recover the cost of the unit.
Depending on your average yearly heating costs it may take several years to recover the cost of your initial investment.
However, after you reach that break even point you can relax knowing you're heating your home at a fraction of the cost.
Trust me, it's a good feeling knowing you're saving money and staying warm at the same time!
One consideration when heating with wood is how much wood you have access too.
Will you be cutting your own wood or purchasing it from a local firewood supplier?
Cutting your own firewood takes time and your time is valuable, however it's a great way to save money.
Are you interested in cheap firewood?
Buying cheap firewood is another way to save money but sometimes it's "to good to be true."
This article gives several tips and ideas for finding cheap firewood.
You also have to decide how you will store your firewood supply until it's ready for use.
For ideas and tips read our firewood storage guide that explains multiple different ways to store your firewood and keep it dry.
Every year many households decide to break away from high energy bills and choose a renewable, natural resource like wood.
Still not quite sure?
Read here for an overview on burning firewood where we'll explain some valuable tips for using firewood to heat your home.
There's always a debate over using firewood that contains its exterior bark, and whether or not you should stack your firewood with the bark facing up vs. the bark facing down.
Check out this article on firewood bark that explains in detail, every truth and myth regarding the topic.
No matter how you obtain your wood, make sure you only burn seasoned firewood.
Seasoned firewood is safer, burns hotter and lights easier than green or wet firewood.
A process known as wilting utilizes a simple technique that could save you valuable time when drying your firewood.
Wilting firewood is the process of cutting down a tree and allowing the leaves to draw out the moisture before processing it into firewood.
It could take weeks or even months.
There's actually a lot of debate as to whether or not wilting firewood actually works.
I've tried it quite a few times and in my opinion, it definitely can't hurt and it might actually speed up the drying process.
Need more information?
Check out our firewood ratings chart to see a list of popular firewood choices and their characteristics.
If you're like me, you enjoy researching everything you can about firewood....which is probably how you found this site!
To make things easy we've created Burning Firewood The Smart Way, an ebook that details everything you need to know about firewood.
Plus as an added bonus, we've included our popular Firewood Rack Assembly Instructions and our Sawbuck Assembly Instructions inside the book for free to give you all the tools you need to heat your home with firewood.
So go ahead and check it out....I think you'll love it!
Ultimately only you can decide which device is best for you.
You can choose only one or multiple options to create the heat you desire.
Here are a few popular options for heating with wood. Clicking on each link will give details about each.
Heating With A Fireplace - Will it effectively heat your home?
There's no doubt people love an open fireplace.
In fact, a majority of homebuyers want a fireplace in the home they choose to purchase. However, are conventional fireplaces an efficient way to heat your home?
Wood Stove - A very popular choice but is it right for you?
Heating with wood by using a wood stove is a great way to save money and create a warmth your whole family will love.
As technology changes, wood stoves have evolved into highly efficient devices that not only keep you warm, but limit harmful emissions in the process.
Fireplace Insert - Designed to be more efficient than a standard fireplace an inset is a great way to heat your home, especially if you have an existing fireplace already built.
Outdoor Wood Furnace - A whole house heating system but has a high initial investment.
An outside wood boiler has the ability to heat both your home, hot water and additional structures like a pole barn or out building.
I recently installed a new Northstar high efficiency zero clearance wood burning fireplace manufactured by Heat & Glow.
The fireplace is amazing and heats my entire home, but I wanted it to look amazing as well.
I decided to build a stone fireplace and it turned out great.
To learn more, you can see the project here that shows step-by-step details to build your own stone fireplace.
If you're considering using a wood burning stove to heat your home but you're not sure where to begin, check out this wood stove installation guide that will walk you through the necessary steps to get your new or used wood stove up and running in your home.
Are you concerned about leftover ashes from heating with wood and what to do with them?
If you already own a wood furnace or are thinking about buying one, read our tips for maintaining a wood furnace.
Proper maintenance, clean out and water treatment will help your investment last for years.
Not everyone has a wood burning fireplace.
Some people choose to use a gas fireplace insert to achieve the look and feel of a wood fire without all the mess and hassle sometimes associated with firewood.
If you use a gas fireplace or gas fire pit, read this article about fire glass and see how you can take an ordinary gas insert and create flames that appear to be dancing on colorful sparkling glass.
Overall heating with wood can be more satisfying than using another fuel.
Using wood allows you go out and cut your own heat.
This reduces your dependency on other fuel types whos prices can fluctuate drastically from year to year.
Choosing the right device from the start will pay off in the long run.
Look at the advantages and disadvantages to each device and choose one that will best suit your needs.