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Winter Warmth

1/4/2008 12:00:00 AM

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The cold, damp days of January frequently remind us of the comfort of wood-fired stoves and fireplaces. The world just seems to be a more secure place while snuggled close to the heat of a wood burner.

If you do not currently have a fireplace or wood stove, you can warm your house with the sun by constructing and installing a window heat grabber. This handy device, hung outside of a south-facing window, collects heat from the sun, which is then distributed to the room. It's a great, low-tech way to use the power of the sun for heating.

For more adventurous rural-living folks who have plenty of firewood at their disposal, you might want to consider constructing an outdoor wood burning boiler. This freestanding building holds the wood-fired heat and pushes it into your house through underground piping. If you like the heat from wood, but want to avoid the mess of a woodstove in your house, this project is for you.

So, take a hint from your pets and curl up in front of the fire or find a sunny window to warm you during these blustery winter days.



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