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Posted By Dix,
Feb 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM
It would seem the back end of my house is real drafty bit chilly.
I feel for you folks. When it gets into the teens we'd be shivering too. Add a strong wind and it gets downright miserable. Remember to keep those pipes warm enough to avoid freezing. Run that furnace once in a while if that is all that's keeping the basement warm.
Still getting gusts to 40, been like that since Friday night. Just keep feeding the stove and it stays 72-74 inside but the hardwood is going quick, may be into the softer stuff earlier than planned.
Wind is there problem here. It is cold, but not unusual here, at 14 degrees, but it is windy and the house is a lot harder to heat than usual. I have had the stove hot for days now, but we are still using electric to keep the upstairs comfortable. I guess it is in the 60s upstairs and maybe 75 downstairs in the room with the wood stove.
It is 18 degrees outside right now it may drop a bit at sun up. Not to chilly in here the Mag seems to be keeping up but chewing through the poplar.
Fired off the 13 from coals. Not bad 7 hours later.
10F outside. I'll run the oil filled heater during the day to help things out downstairs.
NeAl, thanks I didn't think to check spam filter.. checking I don't find any old messages from Hearth. Guess I need to relearn - I did check my preferences (forget what they are called I'll look again) and the check box for sending me email for both post and reply were checked. I'll re-check : )
Edit, Yep, I have the boxes checked to get email, not getting them. I then looked at my "watched threads" which I have never used and I found a list of three threads, including this one. Seems I am getting a "watch list" not an email. Maybe I have to "uncheck" watch list. Changed edit, in case you read before I double-checked, I find on the second page the lost threads are listed on my "watched threads" missed.... still don't know why I didn't get email.
2 degrees this AM around 6:30. 72 downstairs now. Darn the coals though. Had to remove some perfectly good coals this AM to get in a bigger load. What I need is a big stove...oh wait a second, I CAN'T.
12 in SE CT with wind blowing 20 something off the water. It took forever to get the stove hot but it was heating 750 sq ft first floor from 50.. over 1 1/2 hours to get to 500 should have thrown in a lot more kindling coals or not.. Lesson learned.
You have not enough coals, and I have too many. Sheesh.
I had for years did some heating with a coal stove in my basement - I used NE anthracite coal, great stuff for heating. The stove had, as required, a shaker grate that if used carefully allowed for removing ash into a pan, which I left to cool before removing from the stove. I realize coal burns from the bottom up, not top down like wood, but I assumed some wood stoves also have a shaker grate with a pan underneath.. maybe that is the solution. My QFire Insert has to have ash removed from the top, and out the door.
It was 12° F with NW winds 35-40 knots at first light. The house dropped to 68° in the main rooms, 63° at the extremes before I re-loaded the stoves. Actually turned on the oil fired boiler for 15 minutes to warm the pipe chase in the unheated garage. Back up to the normal low 70s now.
The cold is OK and I can deal with the wind. The combination of both at the same time last night was a killer...
10 degree night before last, high of 23 yesterday and 15 last night. Never been warmer. Solar gain and basement stove took house to 78 degrees on first floor. 3 medium splits at 10pm on first floor stove and fully loaded downstairs. 10hrs later its 72 in here and high 70s on 3rd floor (warmest floor in the house). Thats 2800sqft on 3 floors and less wood than I have ever needed. I gotta admit I'm amazed at how easy it is to heat drywall and glass as apposed to concrete.
72 this morning inside. I am gonna start stating our temps in Celsius because it sounds colder. -9 C outside at sunup.
How do you deal with the air required to run 2 stoves.Must be a decent volume of fresh air needed to service 2 wood stoves.IF your house is at all tight this could translate into poor draft if your running with a constant air deficit inside. Seems an OAK would be a must with 2 stoves. I have 1 large stove, an OAK and a very leaky house so i know my stove is not starving for air.
I realize this was directed at the OP but when you have chimneys that are 35-40' no house is tight enough to limit that kind of draft. Not only do I have dampers full closed in both at all times I really need a second one inline for the basement stove.
I'm LOVING the deep cold we had last night. It lets me load up the PH and let it rip. I loaded with a 3/4 load of mostly red oak last night, got a nice 13 hour burn and the oil heat never came on. I have the opposite problem, when it's upper 30's and 40's, I have to keep the fires small or I'll cook/have to open windows!
Bring it on baby!
Same here ,anything above 40 and i cant use the stove at all,even the lowest setting will cook me out.
Sounds like a BK that you can control on a full load is just what the doctor ordered.
Hard to beat a stove that can be dialed in to the output you want any time you want and even vary the output during the same burn.
Sounds like the way my heat pump or a good oil furnace works. I think you are too late to get a patent on this idea : )
Woodstock specifically cautions AGAINST elevating the wood. It needs to sit on the firebox floor. I think too much air gets at he wood otherwise and it burns too hot.
It sure was cold last night! And super windy too! We went into it with a running start and the house stayed pretty comfortable. It was just over 10 outside this am.
Each stove is heating it's "own space". The layout is such that it's 2 1000 SF houses connected (think a split level, but a long offset split level, 1000 f on the lower level, connected to the upper level by a 3' doorway, with 12' ceilings in the lower, and 8' - 12' ceilings in the upper level). Air isn't an issue.
The PE is in the room labeled bedroom (now a den) 19' 6" X 11' 2" (center) and the 13 is to the right in "kitchen/dining 16' 5" X 11' ".
It was a killer. Pretty brutal for us.
You must have either a very short chimney,or a pressure difference caused by a tight house and no OAK. I never have to coax my chimney to draft.