Loss of woodstove a cost we can’t afford
Re: North Cowichan burning ban
Glad to see Barry Kimble and John McGregor beat us to it in trying to jerk North Cowichan to their senses.
We too use a woodstove to help heat our residence. A very efficient Pacific Energy (local industry) woodstove in which we burn very well-dried and seasoned wood. We also use firebricks from Wescon Doors (another local industry). These are a very efficient, clean burning fuel. We cannot imagine what my Hydro bill would be like (it doubled during the recent cold spell) if we didn’t also have wood heat. Of course another advantage is that during hydro outages we are able to stay warm and cook.
We also, last year, spent over $4,000 having anew, efficient steel chimney installed.
Our Maple Bay property has many large trees (the things that provide oxygen for us to breathe) which during windstorms tend to drop many large branches. We harvest the bigger limbs but my pile of branches and boughs gets pretty large. We have dutifully burned this pile each fall, when appropriate to do so. I cannot imagine how many trips to Bings Creek ti would take and how much time and gas would be involved.
We are seniors on a fixed income and the loss of our woodstove would create a cost we could not tolerate.
Scott and Judith McIvor