Is ash categorized as a hard or soft wood for wood heat purposes?  IIRC it
has a sooty burn with low BTUs, much like poplar.  Or not...

On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 1:01 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> We paid almost $0.20 all last winter due to limited pipeline capacity for
> natural gas.They've been pushing everybody to switch to natural gas for
> home heating. Last winter my oil bill went down considerably over the
> previous year, people with Nat gas got slammed. This year heating oil is
> below $2/gal.
> I've been stocking up on firewood, a friend has a processor and is giving
> me $180/cord for ash if I pick it up myself. I've got around 3 cords now
> and plan to get one more before the month is out. I've got another cord and
> a half to two cords of good dry stuff so that the stuff I'm buying now will
> probably not be used this year. I *think* we could heat the whole house on
> 5 cords a year but we just use it as supplemental. The furnace keeps us at
> 62F, the woodstove is anything we want over that. When we do solar hot
> water in the daytime we'll use any excess from that to warm the house,
> should drive down our oil and wood bill seriously.
> -Curt
>       From: Jim Cathey via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> Cc: Jim Cathey <jim.cathey...@gmail.com>
>  Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:19 PM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Practical solar application
>
> > Medium-large name brand home panels can be had for under $1 per rated
> > watt.
> > So figure $0.20-0.25 per daily watt-hour, plus mounts, wiring,
> > inverter, etc.
> > My after tax rate for electricity is 0.14+, so it can pay off in the
> > lifetime
> > of the equipment now, the bare PV panel cost can be recovered in 4-5
> > years.
>
> Electricity here is, IIRC, $0.055/kWH, so it would take nearly 3x
> as long.  Hydro rules!  :-)
>
> -- Jim
>
>
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