You stipulate "after installation $s" so the short answer is yes. In most places, electric heat is about the most expensive way to go.
Having said that, I don't see how you can totally discount the initial cost of a wood stove, installing and maintaining it. A good wood stove can cost several...
Best answer: You stipulate "after installation $s" so the short answer is yes. In most places, electric heat is about the most expensive way to go.
Having said that, I don't see how you can totally discount the initial cost of a wood stove, installing and maintaining it. A good wood stove can cost several thousand dollars. If you look around, you can find used ones at substantially lower prices. Many of those will need new gaskets, catalytics, or other worn parts replaced in order to be safe and efficient. You also need to build a hearth and hook the stove up to the chimney. Not rocket science if yo choose to do the work yourself, but everything has some cost associated with it. So even with a free or low cost stove, there is some outlay of money before you can burn your first log.
At least once a year, you'll also need to clean the chimney. You can buy the brushes and do it yourself, or pay a chimney sweep. If you cut your own wood, you'll need a chainsaw and keep it fed with gas, oil, and chains. You'll also need a dry place to let your wood season. Wet wood doesn't combust as well and creates more creosote than seasoned wood. Hardwood has the highest BTU content and burns longest. If you cut softwood, you'll need to do twice the work...cutting, splitting, lugging, and feeding the stove.
On a cold winter day, it's hard to beat that cozy feeling you get from a wood stove. The downside is that the heat isn't evenly distributed, and it's hard to regulate the temperature. It's common to end up needing to open windows to cool off.
Bottom line is that heating with wood is a lot of work. Do it because you like it. Do it for exercise. Do it so you can be independent, and have a heat source when the power goes out. If you're just in it to save money, you might consider how much work you're putting into cutting wood. If you took those same hours and worked a part-time job instead, you'd be able to pay for the convenience of electric heat...with a little beer money left over.
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