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Coldest night so far. What are ya burning??

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by imacman, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Well it hit -18::Fhere this morning, the lowest temperature in the last three years. Last night I put the stove on 4 of 5 not a problem 71.5::F on its way to the daytime set point of 73::F still burning those shoulder pellets.

    The birds are a bit miffed this morning I didn't bring them bowls of hot oatmeal, at least their water is still liquid.

    Today is stove cleaning day, I think I'll wait until late morning, maybe the temperature will make it to at least zero.

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  2. Montnl

    Montnl New Member

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    Temperature outside -4 F in Ashby, MA this morning. Pellet stoves running with stove chow, basement 80 F, living room 70 F and upstairs 66 F. Wood stove at Max, 10-CDV on 3-9 and 25-PI on 3-9 (pellet stoves not running at max heat output yet). Including basement, the stoves heat 3100 sqft. No oil consumption yet and hope stays that way.
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  3. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    I grew up in Ashby :)
  4. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    my stove sucks.

    i had to kick on the oil burner last night. the stove couldn't keep up. couldn't get the house above 63.
  5. TJC

    TJC New Member

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    Temp was -30 here in Lancaster this AM and we don't have our pellet stoves yet. BOO HOO. Listened to the oil burner run off/on all night. BOO HOO x2.
  6. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Stove doesn't suck, Its just over worked and under paid! Days like these I would be burning the best I could find heat wise. Hamers were good for getting all I could from the stove!
  7. imacman

    imacman Guest

    The Somersets are kicking some as* here....never had to touch the Barefoots I had on standby.
  8. corkman

    corkman Feeling the Heat

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    low of 3 in Norton, Ma last night and 7 the night before.friggin brrr.i have been burning somersets and they absolutely rock.on the 7 deg night i let the stove run on manual,heat level 3.had feed trim at 1 and air trim at 3.woke up to a 75 deg ist flr and 70 deg 2nd flr.good to see that the stove can perform so well on a cold night on #3.
    since it was so hot in my house the night before i figured i would let the stove fun on heat level 2 last night.all the settings on the stove were the same as the night before.woke up this morning to a 63 deg house.
    i will be back burning on #3 tonight.
  9. Mike D

    Mike D Feeling the Heat

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    Worked out fine. I waited as late as possible to top off the hopper before going to bed.
  10. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Where there's a will, there's a way!
  11. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    Yup, what sucks is the a hole who didn't pitch the bigger stove at you, dirty sleaze bag going for low hanging fruit sale.
  12. Shaw520

    Shaw520 Feeling the Heat

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    2 degrees this am.....last bag of Powerhouse in the hopper now,..... starting on the Somersets tonight!... the little 25 is keeping the downstairs a cozy 74-75 with no oil assist,.... but with these temps and the upstairs zone set at 63 she calling for some oil now and again up there.
  13. Jon_M

    Jon_M Member

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    Burning some Satisfaction Softwoods, never heard of them before, tried them a while back, then bought a ton ($275.00) just before this cold snap. Pretty hot and below average ash. I normally vacuum sift my pellets but I am not spending extra time in the garage this week I brought 7 bags in the house before the temps drop, I'll just clean any fines out of the hopper when it warms up a bit.
  14. rwthomas1

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    My little Lopi Pioneer is running 5 out of 6 on the feed burning somersets. Last night the living room dropped to 67*F and the back section of the house down to 65*F, which is the threshold for the gas furnace to kick in. Yes, the stove is small, at 30K btu but thats what I needed for the footprint. I never intended to use the stove for primary heat but I have been pleasantly surprised by how well it works down to 15-20*F even though its a bit undersized. Back up to 70+*F today as the outside temps came up a bit. Still the winters here in RI are not usually this cold and not for long so having a small stove throttles back nicely when it warms up to 30+*F. I do have P43 envy but I don't really want the stove to intrude into the space any more. Going through about two bags a day with these temps.
    RT
  15. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    It took 3.5 hours this afternoon to warm my shed from 20 degrees to 68 degrees with my SantaFe FS! So I just gave my newly aquired Magnum CountrySide Flex Fuel Insert a fresh coat of Stove Bright Satin Black paint!
  16. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    At this point, 20* is t-shirt weather _g
  17. Nuwave

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    Ditto on the coldest night (upstate NY), Burning about 3 bags in 24 hours. Temp. was 7 this morning and house was a cozy 67. Right now at 7:30pm it is 11 and I'm at 69.8 in a big, old house. St, Croix Revolution furnace. Other than Thanksgiving when we were gone, I have yet to burn a drop of oil.
  18. corkman

    corkman Feeling the Heat

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    i ran thru 21/2 bags.in 24hrs.just let it run on manual 3.gonna do the same tonight.will be a little warmer in a couple days and will switch back to hi/lo then.
  19. gymrat0663

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    I'm burning AWF's during this cold snap with good results. I have 18 bags of Turman's buried under lots of AWF's and I think I'll save those for when it really gets COLD! _g
  20. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    Lounging @ 72 with hamers, just cut second bag of day..

    It crossed my mine to dro the quad to medium, but I'll let it rip to avoid playing catch up...


    Just burn them that's what ya brought them for!
  21. jjs777_fzr

    jjs777_fzr Feeling the Heat

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    Temps 14F out and 71F in the LR w/pellet stove at 4/4 using FireSide Ultras.
    Just re-lit the wood stove in sun room - 69F.
    Coal stove chugging along 450-500F and maintaining 62F in uninsulated basement.
    Its cold enough now to boil a cup a water and toss up in the air - poof - instant snow. Try it - your kids will enjoy it. Tomorrow a.m. I'll go for the pot of the boiling water when temps expected to be near 2F.
  22. jjs777_fzr

    jjs777_fzr Feeling the Heat

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    3+1 if you count the 2nd floor calling for heat from the nat gas boiler - house is 75 feet long x 22-27ft wide - difficult layout to heat evenly.
  23. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    Come to Maine and see what cold is really like. 14? Hi yesterday was 1. I got up to 9 today.
  24. Jm15

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    I have been burning GS this season. They have been doing ok, but have a lot of ash and burn dirty. I stepped it up and bought 4 bags of Hammers today. I have only been burning them for about 2 hours and have noticed that the ash is light and there is a fraction of the amount that I am used to seeing. Also, the flame is half the size it usually is. I have my stove on stove temp ay 3.5 - 4. It seems like there is a lot more heat in these pellets if I wanted to turn it up. The house is around 70-72. I'm assuming I will burn less pellets with the Hammers and knowing that I can crank it up some more shows me what I'm missing using the GS.
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  25. Mike D

    Mike D Feeling the Heat

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    The GSs serve a purpose for you, they save you money when the temps are more moderate. The Hamers are for this type of weather. Only 4 bags? You'll be back for more tomorrow.

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