Heating Your Home With Firewood With Guest Kerry Brown

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 116 – March 02, 2019 – Heating Your Home With Firewood With Guest Kerry Brown



On this podcast episode I’m joined by guest Kerry Brown to discuss the basics of getting started heating your home with firewood even if your home doesn’t currently have a woodstove.




Homestead Updates:

  • Days are getting longer so the quail have really started laying eggs more consistently.
  • Lots of water in the yard means lots of mud!
  • Ear mite problem in the rabbit are completely healed.
  • I’ve been really diving into my permaculture reading list and thinking about more application to my homestead. Currently reading: One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka



Homesteading In The News:

Permaculture 101 March 5 at Thompson Free Library https://observer-me.com/2019/02/15/permaculture-101-march-5-at-thompson-free-library/

You may be wondering, “what is Permaculture?” or “how do I implement these practices on my land?” Steve DeGoosh and Brooke Isham from LOMAH (Land of Milk and Honey) Farmstead in Sangerville will be sharing their knowledge and how they have implemented permaculture on their properties, both urban and rural. They will be presenting basic instruction on how to get started and will leave you inspired on how you can interact harmoniously with the landscape around you, while producing food, energy and shelter in a more sustainable way.


Gardening can do what medicine only ‘tries to mimic’ for mental healthhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/24/gardening-can-do-medicine-tries-mimic-mental-health-monty-don/



Main Topic: 

Heating Your Home With Firewood With Guest Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is not a professional installer or expert of wood stoves, just a homeowner with 10 years experience running a wood stove. Chimney sweep companies, installers and the local fire department are the best resources for safety questions. That being said, Kerry is passionate about the benefits of burning wood as a heat source for your home and he has some great advice.

We Discuss:

Wood heat: Is it right for your household. 
-proper clearances
-dealing with the mess
-generally not recommended for mobile homes
-considerations with smoke/ash/allergies

Choosing a Stove Type:
-fireplace inserts 
-free standing
-cast iron, steel, soapstone
-Does it use a powered blower and catalytic converter? 

-Probably not for the DIY
-Know your clearances
-know your weight/floor strength
-limit bends in the pipe
-know the difference between single wall and shielded pipe
-spark arrestor at roof

-obtaining wood, buying vs collecting and self processing
-how to stack and dry
-a proper cord dimension 4x4x8
-types of wood
-importance of using seasoned wood
-keeping a coal bed, sifting and saving coals

-Clearances again!
-using a thermometer
-don’t get distracted with the door open
-air control, keeping gaskets and cement in good order
-disposal of hot ash
-smoke and CO detectors are a must
-signs of creosote
-signs of chimney fire
-the pizza box danger

Basic Maintenance:
-cleaning rust
-checking for cracks, warps
-using a mirror to check stove pipe
-cleaning and brushing
-an efficient stove is a safer stove

Other: finding a moisture balance in the home, using humidifiers and fans to move the warmth around. 

Conclusion: we’ve been heating nearly for free for most of ten years. The stove paid for itself in one season. In our experience with heat is wife, dog and cat approved






Homestead Recipe Of The Week:

This week’s recipe comes in from Megan on Instagram as @auntiemeg2005 and she is going to give us a recipe for a Quiche that can be made from the over abundance of our homesteads.


Send In Your Favorite Homestead Recipe:

If you would like to send in an audio recording of some of your favorite homestead recipes I would love to add one each week to the podcast.

Here is how you might do that. Most cell phones usually have a recording app installed that you could use.

Example Format might be:
This is (name) from (website or Facebook page or homestead name) and a recipe I like and want to share with you today is …

Try and keep the recording between 1 to 5 minutes and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

When you’re done recording and satisfied with how it sounds just email it to me at sthomestead@gmail.com and I will add it to a future episode.

If you have a website or Facebook page for your homestead I will also add a link in the shownotes.



This Week’s Listener Question:


This question comes in from Rachel, she asks – What do you do with the kitchen scraps you collect for compost in the winter? She is in Michigan and she says she can’t even begin to get to her compost pile.


My Answer:

  • When snow isn’t on the pile I keep a heavy layer of leaves covering the top and I just move the center of the leaves away, add my scraps then cover it back up.
  • I add it to the vermicompost that is always going under the rabbit cages.
  • Nothing happens quick in the winter as I don’t try to keep it real hot but at least I am adding the material to the compost and it eventually turns into what I want it to be.


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“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” 

― Theodore Roosevelt, Strenuous Life




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I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.