…ok I may be a little biased!

There are some complicated calculations around for figuring out how much wood you’ll need if you’re heating with with a wood stove or insert. Annoyingly, most articles will start with ‘it depends’. Unfortunately, it really does – on where you live, the temperature that particular winter, how well insulated your house is, what kind of wood you’ll be burning, how efficient your wood stove is, whether or not you’re burning wood full time or just using it to augment your primary heating system during cold snaps… you get the picture.

But if this is any help, we have a 1600 square foot house, medium insulated (2×6 stick frame), burn wood exclusively for heat from October through April in a mid 90’s wood stove, and live in Manitoba where temperatures from October till April range from -5C to -35C…give or take a few degrees). Also, I work from home so the fire is burning most of the day. How much wood do we burn? About 4 cords per season (a ‘cord’ is a pile of firewood 4′ x 4′ x 8′, densely packed). most people in the northern States and Canada would be safe with 3 cords or so – but always better to have more, just in case it’s a cold winter. Also, as long as your word is stacked off the ground, it will keep for at least a year after reaching optimum dryness (20% moisture or less).

Do you have any tips on calculating how much firewood home would consume in a winter? If so, please email me!

Have a great Spring.