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How hot do you keep your home?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by rideau, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    How big is your home?
    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)?
    How warm do you keep your home?
    How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix?
    What zone to you live in?
    Wood your only source of heat?
    How many weeks do you heat?

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  2. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    1.) 2,180 upstairs (Ranch) and 2,180 basement (only heat about 800 sq of it). So close to 3,000 total.

    2.) 3.5 cu ft NC-30 and 2 pellet stoves (one furnace in the basement thats 50,000 BTU and a freestander upstairs thats 47,000)

    3.) 72°-76° ideally. Depending on outside temperature.

    4.) Last year was 1st with wood stove and used 3 cord (30-NC in basement) and 2 ton of pellets. One in Furnace and one in freestander upstairs (only run one or the other/ furnace below 30° and freestander above 30°).

    5.) Live in Nothern Ohio by Lake Erie

    6.) No. Pellets also

    7.) From when it gets cold, till it gets warm :) No LP usage in yrs. (Only to cook with) Pellet furnace is hooked to existing HVAC

    Numbered
  3. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    1. Just shy of 2K

    2. Advertised at 2.8

    3. I like 70-72

    4. Just over 3 cords last season, previous season a touch over 5 cords. Last year was the first year with the BK. Mostly mixed hardwoods with a touch of pine mixed in

    5. Zone 5b

    6. No but the furnace is off unless I leave on vacation

    7. No idea on weeks, usually the end of Sept(hopefully not sooner)-April/May.
  4. steeltowninwv

    steeltowninwv Minister of Fire

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    1- 2000 sq feet
    2- not sure..its an older stove...20 inch pieces..
    3- me 72-73 the wife 78-80
    4- all hardwood 5-6 cords
    5- west by god virginia
    6- wood only source
    7- when it gets cold until it gets hot
  5. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    How big is your home? 1000 sq.ft.
    How big is your firebox? 2.2 cu.ft.
    How warm do you keep your home? 70-72::F
    How much wood do you burn in a season? 1.5 to 2 cords.
    Hardwood, softwood, mix? Mostly hardwoods.
    What zone to you live in? 6b.
    Wood your only source of heat? Yes.​
    How many weeks do you heat? About half the year, including shoulder burning.
  6. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    How big is your home? 2750 sq. feet
    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)? 3 cu.ft.(Napoleon 1900P in kitchen) and 2.78 cu.ft.(Napoleon NZ300 in living room)
    How warm do you keep your home? between 70 to 80 degrees (depending on the outside temp, and if the Boss wants it warm!)
    How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix? usually between 6 to 7 cords, mainly locust, ash, hard and soft maple, and lots of oak too.
    What zone to you live in? zone 5 (bordering zone 6) in the central mountains of Pennsylvania
    Wood your only source of heat? Yes sir, have two forced air natural gas furnaces but do NOT use them at all!
    How many weeks do you heat? usually around 26 weeks, sometimes up to 28 weeks

    This year will be a bit different as we will be bringing the NZ3000 online, I have not used it yet. I am sure we will get more heat (the Napoleon 1900P heats my whole house easily, we recently remodeled our home and REALLY insulated the chit out of it). Also, the 1900P had a poorly installed draft rod from the factory and I used it that way for years, resulting in lots of wasted wood up the flue. I fixed that in the middle of the season last winter and it made a HUGE difference in firewood consumption. I'm excited to see the wood savings this year (will be hard to guage it off of last year, it was so damm mild here in the northeast). I'm going to share the heating duties between both stoves this year. I will probably use around a cord extra until I get the learning curve down. I'll be posting how it goes with the new install. Pics when it's finished.
  7. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    2,150 sq ft of draftiness

    9 cu ft

    80 is good for me.

    8 cord of hard wood.

    SE PA area... Whatever zone that is.

    We have an oil furnace that is occasionally used during mild fall/spring days.

    Usually from mid-October until mid-April.
  8. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Colder it gets outside,warmer it gets inside.
  9. rkshed

    rkshed Feeling the Heat

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    Loc:
    Bedford NH
    1- 1000 sq feet
    2- not sure..its an old Garrison II stove...16-18" inch pieces..
    3- 70 to76
    4- hardwood and 2.5 cords last year
    5- Southern NH
    6- wood but the furnace is set to 59 degrees as I cant quite get 9 hours of burn.
    7- as much as needed. Dont want to give the oil company a dime.​
  10. ailanthus

    ailanthus Feeling the Heat

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    1800 ft2
    1.5 ft2 ?
    warm room is 76-78, down to lower 60s in the cooler spots (upstairs bedrooms)
    TBD - I'm guessing 3.5 cords in a normal winter
    Mostly hardwood, but whatever I can get for shoulder season
    Mid-atlantic
    90% wood, forced air heating oil when we're away for too long
    Mid-october, last fire sometime in may
    Do I love burning - YES! Used to dread winter, the house was always cold and uncomfortable while STILL hemorrhaging $$ to pay for heating oil. Now it's just the opposite. Way more comfortable & spending a tiny fraction of what I was before. Happier wife, too!
  11. heatwise

    heatwise Feeling the Heat

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    1320
    2.2 soapstone,1.9 steel
    58-70
    2.5 + depending on weather
    Cincinnati
    We do have a gas furnace but don't use it.
    28+\-
  12. HollowHill

    HollowHill Minister of Fire

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    TBD
  13. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Is this the SAT's of wood burning or what?

    1) 1600'

    2) whatever a lopi Endeavor is

    3) we like it 74

    4) 4 cord of mixed hardwood, but I am gonna start burning Hemlock for the shoulder seasons.

    5) eastern time zone

    6) we have an oil fired boiler used as back up

    7) around 28
  14. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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  15. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    If so, I want 90 points just for signing my name on the cover.

    How big is your home? 5500 sq.ft.

    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)? last year - one 3.0 cu.ft. cat stove. this year - two 3.0 cu.ft. cat stoves.
    How warm do you keep your home? 62*F overnight, 68*F when we're up and around
    How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix? last year - 2 cords (stove was out of commission Jan/Feb)
    What zone to you live in? Zone? Pennsylvania.

    Wood your only source of heat? No. We "supplement" with oil.

    How many weeks do you heat? Dunno. Typically mid-October thru mid-April
  16. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    How big is your home?
    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)?
    How warm do you keep your home?
    How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix?
    What zone to you live in?
    Wood your only source of heat?
    How many weeks do you heat?

    Approx. 1250 sq. ft. ranch
    I've measured six ways to Sunday and usable firebox size is about 2.1-2.2 cu. ft., non-EPA
    Varies from 64 in the morning to 72-74 ....usually
    Pretty steady at about 4.833333333 cord/yr.:cool: Pine, spruce, maple in fall/spring, oak in the depths of winter
    Hardiness zone is between 4a and 4b, but I sometimes zone out
    Yes, but only because other sources were turned off a few years ago
    I don't do weeks of heat, but between 7-8 months. Starts last week of Sept.- middle of May, usually. Ok, for you, it's approx. 30 weeks:p I refuse to be cold.
  17. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    "If so, I want 90 points just for signing my name on the cover."

    You can do cursive?
    I'm screwed.;lol
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  18. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    Home 2400 sq feet, office 1545
    home = woodstock gas; office = 2 @ 2.3 cu ft
    office = 75+
    2010-2011 = 4 cords +; 2011-2012 = 3 cords
    oak, maple
    zone 6 i believe
    h.e. nat gas furnaces at both office and home
    24 weeks with shoulder season
  19. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    House 1396 ft2 conditioned space + 700ft2 unheated stone basement and ~300ft2 unheated attic.

    Firebox 2.1 ft3

    On wood - I aim to keep the stove room around 74F, keeps the rest of the house around 70F
    On Gas - 68F

    We burn 1.5-2.5 cord of hardwood depending on weather and how often we burn (weekender, some evenings)

    Zone 6 I believe.

    No, we also have an 83% efficient natgas steam boiler.

    Weeks?, hmm. We have the gas heat on from sometime in October usually through the end of April. We burn the stove usually from early December through mid-March.
  20. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    So many questions . . . so much thinking . . . I have to go lay down now. My head hurts. ;)
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  21. robertmcw

    robertmcw Member

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    How big is your home?

    1200 sq. ft.

    Dad built it in the 1960’s and it has about half siding and half windows and the R-factor is about an R-12 for the siding and about an R-1 for the single glass.


    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)?


    Avalon 1190 Insert – 3.1 foot


    How warm do you keep your home?


    About 78



    How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix?

    3 - 4 cords (oak only, cut stacked and covered for at least 3 years)


    What zone to you live in?


    Houston


    Wood your only source of heat?


    Wood and propane with central heat. We only use propane for cooking and hot water and use the furnace if it is more than 60 degrees outside.


    How many weeks do you heat?


    As needed. I guess 20 – 25 weeks?



    Next will be different because the state will take my house for a new road and we will either build or buy a new house.



    Robert
  22. teutonicking

    teutonicking Feeling the Heat

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    Last year only about 20 weeks--got the stove installed around Dec. 20th, burned through late April.
  23. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Loc:
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    House: 2000 sq ft, 2 story
    Stove: 3 cu ft
    Interior temp: 72-74::F with wood heat, 69-70::Fon heat pump
    Wood consumption: ~2.5 cords, mostly softwoods with hardwood during the coldest weather
    Locale: Pacifc NW
    Sole heat source: No, heat pump too
    Heating season: Depends. With wood, usually from some point in early Oct. to some point in March or April. The heat pump is used exclusively when temps are above 50::F outside and intermittently during the winter.
  24. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    How big is your home?................................... 3,280 sf, 2,750 sf heated
    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)?.. 1.5 cf (upstairs) 2.0 cf downstairs
    How warm do you keep your home?............... low 70s day mid 60s night
    How much wood do you burn in a season?..... about 3 to 4 cords
    Hardwood, softwood, mix? ...............................mix 70% hardwood
    What zone to you live in? .................................6B - Coastal NY (Long Island)
    Wood your only source of heat?...................... 75% wood, 20% coal, remainder oil during vacations/absences
    How many weeks do you heat? .......................When it is cold! End of November 'till April most years.

    KaptJaq
  25. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    1) 1700 SF single story built in 1963.
    2) 2.3 specified but I measure 1.45 CF.
    3) mid 70s in stove room, mid 60s in bedrooms.
    4) Under 5 cords of softwood.
    5) Zone 7b, Foothills of the cascades at Mt. Rainier.
    6) Yes, electric wall heaters shut off but could be re-energized in an emergency.
    7) Mid September to Mid June. So 9 months which is usually 45 weeks. About as long as a calf or human child takes to be made.

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