Thursday, April 24, 2014

With fluctuating prices of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity, many people consider heating
their homes by burning firewood or wood pellets as a less-costly alternative.
When considering a change in home-heating energy use, it's a good idea to compare heat
content of traditional fuels with wood and wood pellets. The most common measure of heat
content in the U. S. is the Btu, or British thermal unit.
Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Service and Clatsop Community College
are presenting a workshop to discuss traditional heating fuels and their production,
consumption and costs. We will also use an Excel spreadsheet that makes it easy to
compare different types of fuels based on their cost per million Btu of available heat. An
OSU publication, Home Heating Fuels, EC 1628-E will be part of the handout materials.
Burning wood or wood pellets can be less expensive at a cost per million Btu than natural
gas, electricity, heating oil or propane. EC 1628-E also explains how to calculate the
payback period for money spent on a new wood stove or insert.
Firewood heating values vary significantly depending on how dry the wood is, and we will
discuss the importance of using seasoned wood and good quality wood pellets. Learn why
it is important to know the difference in heat value among different tree species.
This class is designed for those homeowners who are thinking about heating their homes
with firewood or wood pellets or for those just interested in learning how to compare the
costs and efficiencies of different types of heating fuels.
You must register by Thursday, February 21. Space is limited, so register early. You can
access the registration form at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clatsop/forestry-naturalresources/news-newsletters or stop by the OSU Clatsop County Extension Office, 2001
Marine Drive, Room 210 in Astoria.

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