With the mild November we enjoyed at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool over, December brings with it some bright days but cold nights.
With that in mind I took delivery of 2 cords or fire wood to make sure this Christmas La Veille maison is warm and snug. The current price per cord is 200 euros, a cord or wood is 6 square meters of stacked fire wood. When i first arrived in 2006 it was 160 euros and at an exchange rate of 1.5 meant it was £106 per cord which at the time was very cheap, however with the exchange rate of 1.15 the new sterling price would be £174 which is a big increase in the cost of heating.
This month I have also bought an Eco fan that sits on top of my wood urning stove and pushes out 150 cubic feet of warm air out into the room. I borrowed my friends last week which pushed out 100 cubic feet and noticed my house got warm very quickly.
The cost of the eco fan was £118 being sent from Canada, if i had bought it in the UK it would have cost over £170. As La veille Maison is open plan, i have 180 cubic meters to heat up just in the living room and kitchen so its important to find an efficient way to heat the house.
A single cord should last 5 weeks so at 40 euros per week its still a relatively cheap way to heat the house and you cant beat a wood burner for creating a warm feeling.
For guest staying in La Forge in the winter months the wood burner within that holiday cottage is a very efficient way to heat the cottage.