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Rural Living In Sooke: Heating With Wood


When I bought my house in Sooke – in the Otter Point area, one of the things that attracted me to it was its cozy Pacific Energy wood stove. Having never heated with wood in the past, it was a bit of a learning curve to figure it out. I learned that a modern wood stove isn’t just a steel box you burn wood in – it is actually a complex system with many variables that need to be accounted for in order for it to function safely and efficiently. Luckily, my stove came with a fairly detailed manufacturer’s manual from which I was able to learn some valuable information.

Even if you’ve been heating with wood for years, there is always something to learn. Last night, I stumbled across the website of The Wood Heat Organization, a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to the responsible use of wood as a home heating fuel. I learned quite a few tricks about everything from fire size and composition, to how to properly measure and stack a cord of wood.

For example:

There is also a whole section of the page about firewood – how to dry it, how to split it, species, and so on. I highly recommend you check out this site – you’re guaranteed to learn something!

Do you have a wood stove? Share your favourite thing about wood heating or your best tip!