Wood Fireplace Season
For my home, as long as I am home, I usually have our wood burning fireplace burning firewood.
The reason, although our home is set up with a baseboard water-driven heat source which is heated by a fuel oil burner. Our fireplace also has an insert though which uses the heat from the fire to heat the water pipes which circulate the hot water which comes from the furnace. So as long as the fireplace is heating the water pipes, our fuel oil is not being used. That saves us a ton of money every winter because my home is very large so it takes a lot of oil to keep it cool in here. I've never asked for warm... I could never afford it.
But there is two downsides. One, I won't burn a fire if I'm not home. Nothing has ever happened while we are here but I don't believe in tempting fate. So if I know I'm leaving there will be no fire.
Second, the smell of wood smoke is still pretty strong in my home and I don't like that. The chimney is cleaned every year, the grates, the fully glass-enclosed screen etc. but you know smoke it finds a way to drift in anyway.
Anyone else have this problem and found a solution?