Heating with an Outdoor Woodburner vs Geothermal
I'm hoping this is the right forum to put this question in. Debated whether it should be in the new home forum or energy efficient forum.. but we'll give'r a try here!
My husband and I are about to begin building a new home. We live on a 500 family farm, with about 30-50 of those acres being wooded. We have a lot of large equipment at our disposal, so we are building the house ourselves with minimal outsourcing.
We are trying to plan the heating/cooling portion of our home and have narrowed down the heating to an outdoor woodburner or geothermal.
The case for the Woodburner:
- Have enough down trees to never have to cut a tree down for firewood. We already have next year's supply stocked after cleaning pastures!
- Husband has all of the equipment for firewood: chainsaws, log splitter, dump truck & skid loader for hauling, etc.
- Husband LOVES playing with his equipment and cleaning up the woods.
- Costs about $10,000 for the woodburner alone (put this in the cons bc cost is always a con!).
- Woodburner would heat the water, so there would be the dilemma of having to heat the water in the summer months when the entire house is not being heated.
- We are in our late 20s now, but as we age husband's enthusiasm for labor might diminish.. but then again, if he stays anything like his work-a-holic family, then probably not! =)
The case for Geothermal:
- We have the large equipment (backhoes, skid loaders, etc) to dig for geothermal.
- Essentially labor free after initial installation.
- I don't have much more!
- You would have to heat with another source to bring the temperature up from 55 degrees to a comfortable temp.
- Not sure about cost if we do the labor ourselves..
So, there you have it! Can anyone else help to clear up our inhibitions?
Thanks a lot!