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Time to Fire Up the Pellet Stove and KOZI Up

We are on our third winter season with our KOZI pellet stove. In my search for heat self-sufficiency, I looked into various options such as wood and pellet stoves. Before purchasing a pellet stove, I relied on a propane furnace and electric baseboards. While wood seemed like a great way to go, being home by myself with little ones during the winter means handling firewood and tending to a fire would require a lot of work on my part.

Pellet stoves burn pellets made of compressed wood byproducts. I am sourcing pellets locally from Hammer Pellet Fuel Company located in Kenova, West Virginia. The pellets are made from clean sawdust, a byproduct from their lumber operations. Typically, purchasing pellets is slightly more expensive compared to purchasing firewood, but having a source so close makes the price fairly comparable. The pellets are compact and easier than firewood to store and I keep two tons stacked in our basement adjacent to the stove.

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On the Bedside Table… Five Days at Memorial

UPDATE: I just finished the book, so I wanted to post a quick update. As a mother with a toddler, I found this book a little difficult to get through. Thank goodness there is an audio version available on Audible.com, which allowed me to listen during my commute to work. Read more