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#61 Mike K.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:27 AM

Yikes. There you have it.

I should also note that the $300/cord calculations tend to take into account a 75% efficiency rate. Modern stoves are pushing 85%. In terms of BTU’s wood is actually higher than gas even among softwoods. Much higher among hardwoods. For $300/cord you’re way ahead but it all depends on how much you need and for how long. Everyone’s mileage varies.

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#62 Matt R.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 12:23 PM

No gas option where I am at any price. Propane is common on salt spring, as are power outages.

What’s a heat pump installed these days, $10,000?

We spent $2300 on a nice wood stove and it’s already proved it’s worth.


#63 nerka

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 12:23 PM



I'm heat pump primary with wood as my backup.  I like to live risky.

That's actually a logical model. I'm not crazy about wood heat in the city but it is an excellent backup.

#64 Sparky



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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:43 PM

What’s a heat pump installed these days, $10,000?

We just put a ductless split with 2 remote heads in the Garagemahal for $7,300,

#65 GabriolaGirl

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:18 PM

We have a mini split heat pump & a small propane fireplace on the living level with electric baseboard on bedroom level.   During our power outage the fireplace kept us warm enough though it was getting pretty chilly downstairs on the bedroom level by about day 5.


Our heat pump cost us $3,500 (3 years ago) installed through Gabe Energy & then we got an $800 rebate from BC Hydro & another cheque from them when our usage went down more than 10% the following year.  


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