I’ve got one of those rooms that just doesn’t seem to stay warm when the weather turns cold. Pretty sure it’s because of the insulation in the walls, but there might be something in the heating system too. I don’t mind a little chill in the winter because it helps me to sleep, but there are some days that the condensation inside the window freezes. This year I’m going to prevent that, I think, by adding a secondary heating system to my home.

I’ve got 3 reasons why I’m doing this (besides the need to stay warm, of course!)

  1. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be able to save money.
  2. I’m hoping that my cold room is going to stay warmer throughout the season.
  3. It’d be nice to have my home be a few degrees warmer.

I read somewhere once that with my electric heating system, it costs me an extra 1% to raise the temperature of  my home by just 1 degree per month. It’s also cheaper to cool a home than it is to warm it up, so I’m going to invest in a wood burning stove to counter these costs.

Why a Wood Burning Stove, You Ask? 

I’ve decided to go with a wood burning stove because it’s cheaper than a pellet stove. Both of them seem to do a good job for home heating and it would be nice to have the automated features of the pellet stove, but I just can’t afford it. After spending some time reading some reviews at this web site, I discovered that I can get an excellent wood burning stove for about $800, whereas it would cost me at least $2,000 to get a pellet stove to meet the needs of my home.

The good news is that I can use the current exhaust system in my home to route the stove pipes from the wood stove to the outdoors. My plan is to buy a couple cords of wood now before winter hits (I’ve been told I can save $100 per cord by purchasing them now) and then stock the wood downstairs so it can be nice and dry. I’ll have to line the venting system of the house, but that’s only a couple hundred dollars extra.

I’ve run the numbers. Between the cost of wood, the stove, and the upgrades that I need to get installed, it’s going to cost me about $1,400 in total to install the new heating system. In return, I expect to save about $450 per month on the four coldest months of the year. That means this new stove will pay for itself (I hope) in the first year!

I’m Going To Brave the Installation Myself 

The biggest fear I have about installing the new wood stove is how to get it into the house in the first place. I’ll fire it outside a couple times because that seems to be the consensus on the internet to eliminate a burnt paint or plastic smell, but the stove I want weighs over 400 pounds! I talked to the delivery company and it’ll cost me almost $400 to have them bring it inside the house, so I’m thinking about enlisting the help of the neighbors on this one.

Either way, I’m really excited about getting a new wood stove installed this winter. I could save money on the first year! When the cold weather hits, I’ll keep you all updated on how successful my plans have been to keep my cold room warm and how much money I’ve been able to save.