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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. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    I'm blown away by how warm some folks keep their houses. When it gets cool, I throw on warmer clothes. Some of you must be running around in your skivvies in January. I almost suspect it can't be healthy to have your house at 78*F mid-winter. !!!

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  2. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    I spent two years with the upstairs sitting at 40-45 degrees during the winter and the next five years traveling over 1500 miles and moving over 2,000 pounds of stoves.

    If 80 makes me comfortable, then 80 it shall be! :)
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  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, at anything over 72 I start to hear the huffing and puffing. Its "her", not the stove.;lol
  4. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    I find a lot of wood burners tend to keep their homes on the warm side. I used to keep the lower level in the mid to upper 70's before I bought the BK. Now I actually can control the stove enough to hit my low 70's that I like. I would love to keep the house low 70's year round but in the summer I settle for a t-stat setting of 73-74, I'd go broke trying to get the a/c to keep it 70 during the summer months.
  5. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    I will always wonder what burning would be like if I had three BK Princess stoves in the house.
  6. Dairyman

    Dairyman Feeling the Heat

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    1.) How big is your home?
    1900sf

    2.) How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)?
    3.2 claimed, 2.7+/- on my figures

    3.) How warm do you keep your home?
    75-80 in the stove room, keeps the rest of the house around 70

    4.) How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix?
    Last year a littlittle over 3the cord of sub par oak and walnut. This year I have silver maple, ash, walnut, oak, honey locust, and hedge.

    5.) What zone to you live in?
    6a per Woody's map

    6.) Wood your only source of heat?
    We also have a small space heater in the bathroom and an eden pure

    7.) How many weeks do you heat?
    October - April normally
  7. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I agree with the specified part. I can only jam so much wood in without destroying the baffle. Already ruined one
  8. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    How big is your home?
    2000 ft2, Colonial

    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)?
    2.3 ft3

    How warm do you keep your home?
    Depends where in burn cycle :) 70 downstairs, generally.
    Thermostats are set to 55, wife re-sets upstairs to 66 generally.
    Hoping for more heat upstairs this year with fans.

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

    What zone to you live in?
    5

    Wood your only source of heat?
    No. Oil hot water baseboard

    How many weeks do you heat?
    ~26
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    You're not alone. When my next door neighbor's in-laws come visiting, they like the living room to be at 80F and sit right next to the stove with a sweater on.The family in the meantime is in t-shirts.

    Personally I'd be dying at those temps or falling asleep. Sounds like BBar's Inferno. ::-)
  10. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    If I need more than a tank top to keep me warm in January, there's something wrong with the stoves.
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  11. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    I don't have too much of a problem if the wife wants to wear a T-shirt and shorts mid winter. Just have to accidentally put too much wood on the fire, then explain to her it will take a couple of hours for it to cool down...

    KaptJaq
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  12. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I try to fill er up and just recently broke down and replaced the baffle. I would repair baffle dings with furnace cement which worked but when the cement finally fell off it would take a chunk of baffle with it. The board was thin so I spent the money on a new one with the fancy wire retainer method instead of the original cotter pins that would hang down and prevent maximum fill sometimes.

    The boards don't seem to wear out. They break from operator error.
  13. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I tested out some spare Micore 300 by using in place of a broken baffle in my last stove. It lasted a month before it broke up.
  14. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    Yeah...My problem is...I didn't understand exactly what I was doing, and I managed to scrape it with my poker, mostly after dislodging it with a chunk of wood. In my green Heritage, I have a baffle broken in half. I'll be ordering a new one and may buy 2 just to have inventory if it's flat rate shipping.

    I used to panic when I'd knock it out of alignment mid-burn and that's when I would bring in the tools that damaged it. I don't know what would happen if the thing was out of place. Probably no secondary burn and alot of wasted heat is all. Pipe should be able to handle it. I have a Heritage sitting in my lobby uninstalled, and the baffle is not far below the flue. I imagine flames would leap up to the pipe and create a hot flue is all.
  15. ArnottRidge

    ArnottRidge New Member

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    How big is your home? ~1750 sq ft (350 in finished basement...with 1400 above)
    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)? 2.1 cu ft (3.0 cu ft this coming winter)
    How warm do you keep your home? 70-75 most of the time...mid-upper 60s when it stays below 20F all day/night
    How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix? 4-5 cord, mainly hardwood (maple, beech, ironwood with some occasional birch/cherry)
    What zone to you live in? 4a from my quick internet search
    Wood your only source of heat? Yep...the only source...except a lp forced hot air furnace when on vacation
    How many weeks do you heat? First fire mid September...regular fires early October-early May...with last fire late May or very early June
  16. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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  17. Thomas Anderson

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    1. 3200 sq ft
    2. 2.0 cu ft
    3. High 60s, low 70s
    4. About one cord, mix
    5. Zone 6a
    6. Passive solar keeps the house above 60 almost all winter by itself. We also have in-floor hydronic that will be solar powered but is currently just heated by an on-demand propane unit. It's zoned and doesn't go on that much. When we want warmth, it's the BIS Ultima we fire up and easily get the media room into the 90s and the rest of the house in the mid 70s.
    7. November through May. 25-30 weeks.
  18. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    that's pretty good. one cord is nothing
  19. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    i like to be in the mid to high 70's...hence the reason for a 2nd stove in an airtight newer construction 1545 sq foot unit. part of my office wasn't very warm.
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    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    1. 2400 sqft
    2. 3.1 cu. ft lopi liberty ==c
    3. Mostly between 80 and 90+ degrees usually on the higher side depending on weather. How many people can say there house was 90 degrees when it was 0 outside.
    4. I would say my stacks are about 20 feet long, and 6 feet high x3 and its mostly locust, oak, and ash
    5. WV mountains
    6. I have a heat pump but only use it once in awhile to make sure it still works. Yes wood is our main source of heat
    7. Depending on the weather from the end of september to the end of april
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  22. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    That'd be one helluva thread, BBar [​IMG]
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  23. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    2000 SF, 1/2 on upper level, 1/2 on lower level, hence 2 stoves ( trust me, one cannot move heat "down")

    2 CF for the PE, 1.3 ( I think) for the 13.

    With both stoves cranking, it can hit 76 - 80 F, with just the PE 76 - 80 in the upper level & 60 F or so lower level (figuring 15 - 20 F outside, your mileage may vary)

    Any where from 3 - 8, depends on the outside conditions. Last year was a breeze at 5, the year before was brutal at 8.

    Longguyland, NY.

    Yep, unless I decide to fix the oil burner.... might happen this year.

    Start burning in November, usually, run until the end of April, atleast. So figure 20 - 24.

    Alot depends on the outside temps, some times only 1 stove is needed for over night burns, sometimes both stoves need to crank, some times I'm better off burning the down stairs stove and let it rise if the connecting doors are open.

    This winter should be interesting... going to pretty much shut down the lower level, and live in the upper level. But keep the 13 for bad weather.

    I'm with Jake, my head hurts.
  24. Lewiston

    Lewiston Burning Hunk

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    High 60s, low 70s
  25. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    How big is your home? The house is 2,000 sf finished. 300 sf of which is an apartment I rent out, and 1700sf we live in and heat with wood. Plus~ 800 sf unfinished basement/garage space that is heated only by the oil burner which runs to heat the apartment. It's a very drafty beach bungalow that has been converted to an extended ranch. I'm working diligently to tighten up the place.

    How big is your firebox (are your fireboxes)? 3.2 cf

    How warm do you keep your home? Stove room around 76 the rest of the house in the lower 70s-upper 60s.

    How much wood do you burn in a season? Hardwood, softwood, mix? 3-4 cords per season depending on temps.

    What zone to you live in? North Shore of Long Island. I'm 3 blocks from the water so it gets windy here. (I think it's zone 7)

    Wood your only source of heat? I have an oil burner with radiators, but I heat our living space (1700 sf) 90% of the time with wood.

    How many weeks do you heat? I usually have my first fire the end of September, but don't start heating regularly with wood until November, and I will light fires in May on a cold night. End of November to some time in April 24/7 burning.

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