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Snow and Bone Chilling -4 Deg F Artic Air coming this weekend - Will u need Backup heat? What Kind?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Don2222, Feb 10, 2012.

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Forcast is - 4 Degrees F for Monday Morning - Will you just heat with Just wood pellets?

  1. Yes - Pellet stove(s) provides enough heat. No Fossil Fuels or Elect Heat!

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  2. No - I will use some backup heat appliance. (Please Explain)

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  1. Augmister

    Augmister Minister of Fire

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    Burn Baby Burn..

    Pellets today, pellets tomorrow, pellets forever!

    Post the poll when the temp goes -10 degrees..... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  2. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    Raising the afton bay to #4 its 16 now and falling. NO propane here...
  3. Threerun

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    We've been into -15 as the low here in Helena Montana, and for the most part the pellet stove keeps the entire basement toasty, and the upstairs around 66 deg, so the propane fireplace kicked on a bit. We have electric heat in the back bedrooms, but we didn't need it.

    I'll burn 3.5-4 tons of pellets this year. Actually a mild winter all things considered.

    Our house is pretty well insulated too.
  4. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Mainly pellet heat, but have to use a little oil to keep the upstairs bedrooms at 50, and some for hot water.
  5. Dougsey

    Dougsey Feeling the Heat

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    I'm going to clean the stove on Saturday so I have max effeciency.
  6. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hi Jim

    I checked out your link and not so sure if I think the FairPoint Forecast is more accurate than TV Ch.9 I did a comparison like this before and found that news 9 with it's updates is a fairly accurate forecast.

    See >> http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/80247/P22/
    Turns out Mike Hadad was right in this case. So after that I really do not go for web site forcasts as much. They can be totally wrong and noone cares! Weathermen like Mike do have some integrity and really do try to be more accurate!

    Anyway, I froze your chart below here and I will set the Digital memory sunday night to save the overnight low and we will really see which is closer. OK?

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  7. smoke show

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    Single digits with wind chill in the negatives here on the outskirts of Titletown.

    Pellets are doing just fine.

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  8. Threerun

    Threerun Member

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    Do you guys really get into a p*ssing match as to how cold it it gets? I can go 10 miles from my house and hit 15' of snow and 10 deg colder than my house (which has 4" of snow). No one brags about it. Next week the inversion could slip my way and put me in the deep freeze. Who cares.

    Really?
  9. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    I was stating that my pellet stove is heating my home just fine despite the cooler temps.

    Really.
  10. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Don't know if it's supposed to be in the minus here
    but I'm sure the Okanagans will have my back.
    Using oil for hot water only.
    (Since the stove went in haven't seen anything that Okies couldn't handle without backup)
  11. Threerun

    Threerun Member

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    Well okay, now that you put it THAT way, lol.

    Balmy 20 here now. And snow. Time to fish!
  12. Bewarm

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    Pellets will do just fine. Have never run the stove over #3 other than to warm things up quickly. We'll see how it does with this quick "cold snap". Used to worry about consuming large quantities of propane when I saw these types of forecasts. Really nice not to care anymore!!
  13. jdege

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    IREPLYING always need some oil as the master bedroom is to far from stove to heat. Cleaned last night and switched to burning Vermonts, should be good.
  14. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Just pellets for me. Got way more power than I need. I think I'm good until well below zero. I handled -20ºF last season without any backup. And if I need backup, Its not Fossil or Electric doing the duties. An old wood eater is ready to assist or take over. Electric is only used for hot water or if we need to go away for a while. Just enough to keep the shack from freezing.

    I'm done with fossil fuel for heating! Haven't used a drop since Dec 1994!
  15. rkshed

    rkshed Feeling the Heat

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    I'll give it a try.
    It got down to -2 a few weeks back but knowing channel nine, they screwed up the forecast just like they did today's now!
    Oh wait, Ray brewer just tried to say his own name.
  16. SmokeyTheBear

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    If they have to keep changing their forecast they were anything but accurate in the first place and likely will not be accurate until after it is all said and done which is anything but a forecast ;-) .

    Just sayin'
  17. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    I am going for oil, don't know when. Right now 32 deg, too warm for oil, too lazy to haul lots of pellets.
    Flip one switch and every room same temp, I balanced my oil system, adjusted registers. Tomorrow I will
    give my stove a good cleaning, empty ash pan.
  18. Northwoodneil

    Northwoodneil Feeling the Heat

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    The pellet stove will heat almost all the house but will need a little fuel oil to reach the man cave. No way for the heat to get to me, gonna' have to work on that. :roll:
  19. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Nothin another stove won't cure. ;-)
  20. jtakeman

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    Invite smoke show over, He's got enough hot air to warm several rooms! :cheese: hehe jkjk! O' he'll get even, he always does! poke! sorry buddy couldn't resist! hehe
  21. PA_Clinker

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    They don't call'em Hot Ones for nothing. :lol: Only difference tonight will be the heat output setting on my control panel.
  22. pell it

    pell it Feeling the Heat

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    I picked up a couple bags of Vermonts today to try out. What an excellent pellet!! With the stove on #1 I am getting 210* convection temps. With Stove Chow on #1 setting I would get 170* and on #2 setting I would get 195*. I think I may have discovered next years pellet for me.
  23. Don2222

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    Hello

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  24. Salty

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    bring it on baby i'm ready i'll just pour some more trebiosnokies mix down the chute. It's 71 in the kitchen right now with the stove on 3. Stove is so hot I can't touch the top on 3. YIKES

    go trebio :cheese:
  25. smalltown

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    Only one hot water baseboard running in an addition that is too far from the stove. Other than that it's all pellets. :exclaim:
    Normally we run a programmable thermostat, and allow the temperature to go down to 68 °F after 10:30 PM.

    This year we experimented, and found that on very cold night it works out better to override the thermostat, and maintain the daytime temperature all night.
    The Castile will run all night, and the temperature will slowly drop, but recovers nicely early in the morning.

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