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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Todd, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Coldest day so far this year, -12 this morning with a -30 wind chill! Both stoves burning low and slow keeping the 2000 sq ft house nice and toasty. I've been waiting over a year for this to see if these two little stoves could keep up on days like this and so far it seems they have plenty of power to spare.

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  2. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Same temps here, -25 wind chill but the wind is out of the north so house is 70 right now.
  3. neumsky

    neumsky Minister of Fire

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    That's cool! haha
  4. Osburning

    Osburning New Member

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    Sounds like you have everything well under control, how long does the keystone burn at a time in this weather.
  5. wkpoor

    wkpoor Minister of Fire

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    With 40 panes of glass on this house (1stfloor are mostly all 6' tall) there is no keeping up with this cold snap with one stove. Just not possible. Heck the 100btu furnace was on for 30mins this morning and could only make it feel a little better. Still 63 degrees in here.
  6. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    I struggle to heat the house when it's in the low 20's and teens. I can't imagine -12.
  7. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I hear you wk! My goal this year is to start addressing our ridiculous amount of glass with a combo of insulated curtains, tracked honeycomb shades, and some inner storm windows. If you look at the house here you can see what I mean, and this is just one side. The other side has even more windows. The light is nice, but the heat loss is not.

    Sparks, I am tickled pink to hear that you are staying warm in spite of the bitter cold.

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  8. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't mind the very cold weather if we had the snow to go with it . . . having just the cold without the snow to play in is like being home sick and the TV doesn't work.
  9. ScotO

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    BeGreen that pic looks like it was taken in NY in February ....lol....how much snow did you end up with out there yesterday?
  10. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That was yesterday afternoon. 7" here, now with a growing coat of ice. Hope we maintain power. The lights have been flickering and the branches are hanging low.
  11. Todd

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    If I turn them way down on a full load of Oak I can squeeze out 10-12 hour burns consistently. With warmer average Winter temps I can get away with just burning my basement stove a little hotter and keep the other stove in standby or do a quick hot small fire with it to boost temps.

    Next year may be more of a challenge when I add another 200 sq ft addition which will have a lot of windows but it seems like I have plenty of power in reserve and can burn the stoves a little hotter if need be.
  12. ScotO

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    That's more than we've had all season! We usually have had several feet by now.........hope you guys get by without too much damage......
  13. Battleaxe

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    Low of -5 here in southern Wisconsin yesterday and this morning. High of +5 today. I don't run the stove during the day when the house is empty, so we turn the thermostat down to 62. I crank the stove up when I get home at night and once its up to temp the gas furnace doesn't run at all. I loaded the stove up last night at 10 before bed and still had hot coals I could've loaded onto when I left the house at 7am this morning. I have our thermostat programmed to heat the house just before we get up, so it did kick on a bit heating the house up to 70 degrees. I'll probably burn the stove during the day when I'm gone at work once I get a bigger wood supply built up. I just got the stove this year and was lucky to have as much good wood to burn as I did have. I've got a few oak and cherry trees still standing that have been dead a couple of years that I need to work on for next year.
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    +1.
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    I sure am glad I'm on this side pond, Todd. We almost never see temps that low. Low of +5 tonight here and that;s plenty cold for me!
  16. ScotO

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    Actually I would LOVE to have a month of single digits...and no I am not crazy. That would kill off the infestation of deer ticks in our region........yes its that bad!
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    Could be worse has been in the -50s here
  18. Todd

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    I've been watching that AK weather this year, looks like one of the worst Winters in a long time.
  19. ScotO

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    Wow, -50.......no ticks up there!! :lol:
  20. WoodpileOCD

    WoodpileOCD Minister of Fire

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    Just read that the Copper Basin dogsled race was cancelled due to the -50º and extreme snow. WTH... we're having one of the warmest winters down here in the lower 48.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...e-winds-temperatures-50-degrees-freezing.html
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    +1

    Being close to the shore has it's decided advantages. Still, it's single digits here. And windy.

    Stay warm, all!


    Spaceman
  22. HighHeat22

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    Yeah, but being by that shore I bet you get a lot of lake shore snow accumulations.
  23. spaceman spiff

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    Usually there is a lot of lake effect snow but this winter we did not get any measurable snow until around Christmas.
    Maybe a foot on the ground now. I ran my snowblower for the 1st time yesterday. (not that i'm complaining) :coolsmile:

    spaceman
  24. Waulie

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    Yup, usually we do. It just hasn't been cold enough to really kick up much this year. It sounds like we do have a bit more than Spaceman up here with more on the way. Frankly, I'll take snow over super cold any day.
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    -1 for me! I was really enjoying the bare ground and cold temps - was getting a lot done around the property, including a big jump on wood that I normally only do in the late fall. After last year's snows, this year has been simply awesome. I hope the several inches on the ground right now melt, and we only see a few more short lived inches for the rest of the winter. I don't mind the winters, but this winter has been a welcome break for me! Of course, I don't own a sled. Cheers!

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