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At what temp do you stop burning?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by michael, Feb 22, 2006.

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  1. michael

    michael New Member

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    I was wondering at what point everyone else stops burning and either toughs it out or uses their furnace or heat pump?

    With the mild winter and sudden temp swings, I decide daily if it's going to be a burn or no-burn day. Once the outside temp reaches about 48* it becomes sort of a hassle to run the stove and I let the heat pump take over. I'm also trying to limp through to warm weather with a limited supply of wood at this point. Some of you with cords (with an "S") remaining may be burning carefree like I did back in October ;-)

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  2. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson New Member

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    If the forecast is for 43 or more degrees during the day, sunny with no wind, I do not run the stove. Passive solar can take the house to 72-74 in that weather. If there is wind, or cloudcover, or if the temperature is predicted to plummet later in the day, I'll keep the stove going all day. If I want heat, I use 2 good fills of wood. If I just want it to linger along during the day and not lose heat mass, I'll throw a giant chunk in and let that burn.

    YMMV, but that's mine...

    -- Mike
  3. elkimmeg

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    Me I just keep the sweatshirt on but when the wife notes its chilly. I have been married long enough to know
    time to load it up. Or just look at that last fuel bill is incentive enough
  4. fespo

    fespo Feeling the Heat

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    When the house is cold I burn.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Yep, that sums it up. Though usually when it gets 50+ I let the pellet stove do the work.
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    tutu_sue New Member

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    If it's over 45 during the day I won't burn. Once sun goes over the hill behind us, say around 3 to 4pm, I get her going so the heat builds up before sundown.
  7. Ashhole

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    I stop burning above 40 degrees. The stove is in the family room and it gets to hot if outside temp at night is over 40.
  8. michael

    michael New Member

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    Looks like most of us are on the same page...40 to mid 40's.
  9. DavidV

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    I tend to burn a bit longer....but when it starts getting into the upper 40's I te3nd to not have the fire going all day, just at night. Wife gets a bit irritated when the living room is above 80-85. Especially since the bedroom is above the living room.
  10. Corie

    Corie Minister of Fire

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    There is no heat pump for us, so we keep the stove going almost no matter what.

    The nice part about coal is, because it is so draft dependent (at least in our house), on the warm! days, the stove basically damps itself down and limps all day long keeping the house just warm enough. THen at night, after the evening shaking, the coal will get going nicely so the house is warm all night.

    I wouldn't want to try and start the stove on one of those days when it's 50 degrees out though
  11. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    For me it's in the upper 40's when I stop burning, but if the temp drops down at night I might build a fire for a few hours to bring the house back up to a comfortable level. I like to keep the house temp above 70 and if I here the furnace kick on too many times I fire up the stove.
  12. Willhound

    Willhound Feeling the Heat

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    50 or above for me. I would rather burn the wood that is relatively inexpensive (or "free" if I cut myself) and leave the windows open, than give the gas company even one dime. Bad attitude I guess. Besides, I just love looking at the fire.
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