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Had to make myself do it!!

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by lopiliberty, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    After letting the liberty go cold last night and a high of 60 today and tomorrow I decided not to start a fire tonight. Tonight was just one of those nights where ''I'm to tired to build a fire'' Its only 50 outside so if I would have started a fire it would have been 100 degrees in here and yes I have seen that but only once. Just turned the heat pump on:mad: Guess one not so cold night won't kill me but certainly not the 90 degree shorts and t-shirt temperatures I'm use to. Hope this doesn't get to be a habit
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  2. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, when outside temps get warmer like that it is tempting to get lazy... especially when your stove is located to get your living area way too warm.

    But hey, it's okay, you came here and told on yourself. A cold front is coming in. Pick yourself up and start again.
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  3. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    It's 44°degrees up here tonight, if you can believe it, and I am nursing glowing coals and a very small split to keep it at a respectable 76°. Had it running all day. Using kiln dried and some 2year seasoned I bought.

    I can understand the feeling of withdrawal. The other morning the oil burner came on and I ran down to get a couple splits on the coals.
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Same here. I bit the bullet and let it burn down. In the forties tonight so I switched on the heaters at sundown. I need to put a rag over the whole house electricity monitor. :confused:

    Tested burning some Eco Bricks during the overcast chilly day. Not impressed. Can heat with electric resistance heat or pellets cheaper than those things.
  5. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    The Republic is cold too.
  6. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Dont get to used to it, bitter cold coming down from Canada next week, we'll all be reminded its still winter.
  7. BuckthornBonnie

    BuckthornBonnie New Member

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    Did the same thing with my Spokane this weekend. Lookin to fire it back up tonight or tomorrow, though.
  8. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    We have been burning off and on here too.. I looked at the extended forecast this AM and saw no real cold for the next 10 days but could swear I had heard that was going to get cold by the end of the upcoming week.. This morning was in low 40's with heavy fog here..

    Ray
  9. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Thick fog here too Ray, light breeze off the ocean. I am burning one split at a time to keep the chill out. Actually going open water fly fishing and not ice fishing today. Just plain strange. Wood consumption has dropped off.
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  10. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    I hear you Jon! It's a challenge heating with wood when the weather is like this! My dirt driveway is becoming mushy.. Hope it gets cold and stays that way so I can just run the stove 24/7..

    Ray
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  11. Pallet Pete

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    It was so warm yesterday I did not fire up the stove in the am before I left. When I got home the wife was gone to a work Christmas party and it was in the 60's inside and comfortable. The stove is still cold and it is still warm outside.

    Pete
  12. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    This winter is similar to last winter here no matter what the weathermen say..

    Ray
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  13. Cross Cut Saw

    Cross Cut Saw Feeling the Heat

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    We had the low 40's yesterday, and although it's foggy this morning the low was 36. I had lit a small fire last night knowing it wouldn't be all that hot when I got up this morning and was pleasantly surprised that the parlor (our fancy name for our formal dining room turned stove room) was still 73 degrees and the whole lower floor of the house the stove is on was still about 67 degrees.

    This little warm spell (funny how warm comes in spells while cold comes in snaps, I digress) was welcome since I needed to do some maintenance on the stove. There was quite a bit of fly ash in the catalyst, way more than any other time I've cleaned it (only 3 other times as this is a new stove) and I could tell when operating it that it really needed a cleaning.

    Any ideas as to why I would have so much now when not in the past? Each time I went about the same amount of time between cleanings.

    The wood I'm using is in the 17% moisture range, while the stuff I was using in the past was probably just slightly dryer.

    I might be answering my own question but about the time I noticed the greatly reduced air flow with the bypass closed I had accidentally reloaded with the bypass closed. I was surprised to find it closed since I was sure I would have gotten a face full of smoke had I opened the loading door with the bypass closed.

    Would one start with the bypass closed be enough to set in motion a thorough clogging of the catalyst?

    -Joe
  14. tcassavaugh

    tcassavaugh Minister of Fire

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    its 43 but foggy right now but going to be near 60 they say by the end of the day. just put a small pine split on the fire to warm the box up from the overnight burn. will try to keep the coals going and not run us out. its a nice 70 degrees in the office and 80 in the living room. the cold is gonna be back by inauguration day here in the d.c. area. back into the 40's for the next week or so.

    cass
  15. remkel

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    Just some small fires for yesterday and today. Want to be certain it is warm in the house for the Patriots game this afternoon!
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  16. corey21

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    My stove is cold and i have the window open. A cold front is coming so back to a warm fire.
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  17. tcassavaugh

    tcassavaugh Minister of Fire

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    +1 :) Go Pats

    cass
  18. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    I couldn't stand the 70 degree temperature in here anymore and had to get the liberty going again:). It might be 62 outside but I don't care I was freezing but not anymore. Know its a toasty 83 in here again==c Hope this cold weather gets here soon. This is ridiculous. It needs to get cold enough the freeze up all this mud:mad:
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  19. Cross Cut Saw

    Cross Cut Saw Feeling the Heat

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    Seriously, how am I supposed to park in my yard with all of this mud?!?
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  20. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Cold in WA, we've been heating 24/7 for a while now other than a brief warm 53 day last week. The banana plant finally got frozen. I'll need to saw down the trunk. I was hoping the geraniums would make it, but not after last night's freeze. Burning cherry and fir, but the next load is going to be locust.
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  21. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Weather has been crazy here and downright tropical BG! You're gonna be plenty warm with Locust for sure ;)

    Ray
  22. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Looks like you'll be chilling out by mid-week, especially at night.
  23. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    I hope so this stove loves to stretch it's legs and trot.. I have gotten pretty good at small hot fires keeping the house around 69-70 degrees. Glad I have SC's for easy relights!

    Ray
  24. corey21

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    Bringing out the locust nice.
  25. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    I have 5 large square slabs of locust I have been saving for the coldest night of the year so maybe I will be able to use them within the next two weeks
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