I recently (with the help of my favorite dad and mom ‘inlaws) installed a Lopi fireplace insert.
Last year, was the first year I decided to start burning wood to heat the house. I am amazed at the efficiency of the insert compared to just burning in an open fireplace.
Last winter, (with the help of my brother in law) I managed to cut and stack about 4 cords of wood for this winter. Not quite through October and I’ve burned about a 1/4 cord so far. Man, what a difference. The efficiency factor is amazing. When I was burning in the open fireplace, I’d burn about 4 to 5 logs an hour. With the Lopi, I burn 1-2 logs per hour. It’s especially nice because I can throw 3 or so logs on before I go to bed and can get up in the morning and throw a couple more logs on and they fire right up.
I’ve been experimenting with several kinds of wood. Maple, Cherry, Alder, Pine, and Spruce. I’ve come to the conclusion that Spruce is the best with Maple a close second. The Spruce burns longer and just as hot as the Maple imho.
What is your favorite wood to burn? (We have a new poll feature here at WordPress) Yay!