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Adding A Wood Stove To Your Homestead

Wood burning stove in homesteadWell, with October half over and Halloween approaching, the night are certainly getting much cooler here in Colorado.

Winter is just around the corner, and if you’re in the market for a wood or pellet stove, this is a good time to buy one and have it installed in your home.

In the previous blog post we talked about cast iron radiators, but many homesteads in the country aren’t set up for hot water heat, and a good quality wood stove is the best option.

Some folks who do have central heating still buy a wood stove to supplement the heating in their homes, especially in the rooms where the family spends the most time, like in the livingroom or kitchen.

And in fact if the temperature is above freezing outside, often a wood or pellet stove is all you need to keep the entire house warm enough to live in, and much cheaper to operate than a central heating system.

Things to consider when purchasing a wood stove.

There are a wide variety of choices available in stoves, and not just wood or pellet burning models either. There are a number corn burning stoves on the market today, and oil burning models as well. Each has it’s pros and cons, depending on the type of fuel that works best for you, the efficiency of the stove, emissions, how it is constructed, heat output, safety, and of course your budget.

One consideration is whether to buy a cast iron or welded steel stove. The cast iron models are more attractive than welded models, but they cost more, and after a few years they need to be rebuild to seal the joints between the steel panels to keep them from leaking.

Stove efficiency is another important consideration. The newer, certified stoves tend to be more energy efficient than the older models, as combustion technology has improved. Just as newer cars are more efficient at using gasoline, newer wood burning stoves are about one-third more efficient than the older pot belly or box style stoves. This might not sound like much, but consider the fact that you’ll only have to cut and haul two-thirds the amount of wood, and you’ll spend one-third the money if you buy your firewood. Plus efficiency also translates into less emissions, which makes these newer stove better for the environment as well.

If you would like to read a more detailed buyers guide for buying wood or pellet stoves you can visit the site below.

Wood Heat.org website

 

Country Home Is Comfortable Living Anywhere

Livingroom in a country home, with hardwood furnitureWhether you already have a home in the country, or you aspire to, or you just want to bring some country into your current home (even if it’s in a high-rise apartment building) just know that you have many options.

If you’re decorating a country home, you have a number of different styles to choose from. Colonial, Victorian, French Country, Scandinavian, French, Mediterranean, your options are only limited by your budget and your imagination.

Which can also make it hard to decide exactly what you want, and if you’re starting from scratch, you might be confused as to where to start your decorating project. The first thing to consider is your home itself – you probably wouldn’t decorate a log cabin the same way you would a large country manor, for example.

Then you can narrow it down to some basic areas of the home, and the decorating hardware and other items that are essential to transforming that area into a country decor. Some of these basics include:

  • Flooring and floor treatments
  • Wall treatments, including paint and wallpaper
  • Soft furnishings such as household textiles
  • Window treatments, including blinds and draperies
  • Furniture
  • Bric-a-brac

If you’re stuck on a style, or you just can’t make up your mind as to what look you’ll be most happy with, go with your instincts and personality. If you’re a casual person, then a homey, casual country style might be your best option. If you like thinks a little more formal, then perhaps a French or Victorian style would be more to your liking.

So what is country style anyway?

For most people, country style is hardwood floors, wrought-iron beds decorated with colorful quilts, woodburning stoves and braided rugs. Soft, pastel colors, sunshine streaming in through lace curtains, a stone hearth in the kitchen.

Country style should be relaxed and comfortable. After all, that’s what folks find so appealing about a rural lifestyle – it harkens to an earlier time, when people weren’t stressed by overbooked schedules and walking around staring at smartphone screens.

Living in the country is appealing because it’s like an old pair of leather boots – soft, broken in, and comfortable in a way that a pair of heels or wing tips could never be.

Italian Country Style

Country home styles don’t stop at the US border, far from it. And one of our favorite looks is the Italian country style, which is comfortable and practical at the same time. This style evokes images of an old Tuscan farmhouse nestled beneath olive trees, with slat-floored terraces overlooking a field of bulging grapevines glimmering in the evening sun.

Italian country typically utilizes somewhat neutral, earthy colors like ocher or red terra cotta, and sturdy natural materials like stone tile, rich woods, and elegant textiles.

Country Cottage Style

If you’re not sure what cottage style is exactly, it’s basically a bright, comfortable, colorful look that you might see in a cottage in the country, or in the mountains, or in a beach resort town.

Think painted furniture, weather woods and finishes, and lots of textural elements like wicker baskets, bamboo mats, and white beadboard walls, especially in the kitchen and pantry. Bright colors from the garden like blues, greens, yellows and even fuchsia.

Antique wood and iron furniture typically a staple of country cottage style, simple and graceful and usually painted white and sometimes decorated as well. Many people like a weather look to their cottage furniture, with surfaces that display the wear-and-tear of they years without looking too rustic.

Cushions, slip covers, window treatments and other textiles are often floral fabrics that brighten the room and stand in contrast to the monochrome walls and furniture. Cottages are cheery and full of sunshine, both inside and out.