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Wood furnace provides Wenatchee shelter with heat

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Sam Knapper, a resident of the Wenatchee Rescue Mission on South Wenatchee Avenue, stokes a wood furnace Monday, used to heat the building, over 25,000 square feet of rooms to house and shelter up to 90 people. The furnace, the only one of its kind in the area, is used 24-hours-a-day through the winter. Residents put wood in every two hours to keep the shelter at just above 70-degrees.

WENATCHEE — Sam Knapper grabs a large chunk of wood from a stack as tall as him and throws it deep inside a 15-foot-long chamber of fire. Every two hours, four logs are fed into the furnace that heats over 25,000 square feet of rooms housing up to 90 fellow residents at the Wenatchee Rescue Mission on South Wenatchee Avenue.

It’s a scene that plays out 24 hours a day, all winter long.

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Wood is stacked underneath tarps for use this winter at the Wenatchee Rescue Mission. At right is the concrete block building where the wood furnace is located.

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Sam Knapper grabs wood, stacked inside the fire house at the Wenatchee Rescue Mission, to throw into the furnace Monday.

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Director of the Wenatchee Rescue Mission, Scott Johnson, left, talks with Sam Knapper, in charge of feeding the wood furnace at the Mission.

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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