BURNING WOOD FOR WINTER FUEL
MARQUETTE - It's about to get cold again in the Upper Peninsula.
And for those without access to more modern heating and cooking sources, wood-burning fireplaces and stoves are always a reliable option.
They're built to last a while, and stoves can require an initial investment of at least a few thousand dollars, but Norm Balko with Swick Home Services says they're low maintenance and cost effective over time.
"They're definitely less expensive than propane or fuel oil or even wood pellets, so wood stoves and fireplaces are still kind of the go-to alternative heating source up here" said Balko.
Nowadays, there are more types of wood-burning stoves available than ever before. Cast-iron stoves, soapstone stoves, even self-starting stoves.
And if you happen to live on land with unclaimed timber, all you have to do is chop it down for free fuel.
"I think we're in wood burning country up here. I think its always been a pretty popular source of heating. And it remains a very popular source of heating, and even more popular now with the winter we just had."
Source: HPBA NewsCast- September 25, 2014