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Spring?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Backwoods Savage, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Tuesday night was our first night with no fire for this year. This is early for us for sure. Normally it is late March or into April until we let the stove go cold. But we had 2 days above 60 degrees and simply did not need the heat. I would not have had a fire last night except since my wife had surgery she seems to get cold easy. It is usually the other way around in that I determine when it is cold enough to have a fire in the stove. But while she heals, we will pamper her for sure. Still, we went over 30 hours without a fire in the stove. Ah, spring is not far away.....I hope.

    Sadly the temperature has been falling all day and yes, there is a fire in the Fireview and we'll probably keep it going a couple more days before the next round of warm air hits. I hope there are many others who have been able to let the stove cool and perhaps some took advantage of the warm air to get chimneys cleaned or at least checked them. It is also a good time to take inventory on the wood pile. Do you have next winter's wood split and stacked?

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  2. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    It was 72 here today and its currently 58, but as bad has I hated to I started a small fire because it was 70 in here and put 3 splits in and now its 83. Checked the flue today and it was spotless, hasn't been cleaned since october, and went ahead and put the flue cap on for the summer. Got one row of next years wood already cut and split but it was already dead and pretty much dry as is all the oak, ash, and locust we cut. Haven't been able to get to the woods, or in the yard do to all the rain and mud but luckily as I said the wood we cut is already dead and pretty dry so not worried that I don't have all of next years wood yet.
  3. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    Ditto.. no fire since last night. I had a small fire last night after no fire during the day. No fire at all today and I'm thinking of a small fire for an overnight as temps are going to be in the 40's overnight.
  4. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Looks like Spring starts Saturday for me. Had a little snow today with gusty NW winds so the basement stove is burning full time. Probably shut the wood burning down all next week according to the forcast and that's fine with me.
  5. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    The Next two days we will have evening/morning fires with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s and the lows in the upper 20s. After that, we're in the mid 60s to low 70s for the highs.

    Which sounds good to me.
  6. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    It was over 70 here today. We had windows open last night because a 1/3 load brought the upstairs to about 80! Forecast says 30 tomorrow night so we aren't done here. Problem is that my family is out of town and I am away at work form 6:30 am until 11pm so it will be cold when I get home tomorrow night! Even the Fireview loaded with Black Locust can't keep making heat that long.
  7. fireview2788

    fireview2788 Minister of Fire

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    Same here. I let it go cold and cleaned it out this morning. Unfortunately it's dropping fast here and I'm at work and the wife is at bible study so the heat pump is likely running. :sick: . She did say she was going to get it going when she gets home though, if she doesn't I will. Although it will be cooling down tomorrow since we have our Ducks Unlimited Banquet tomorrow night and I'll be gone from about 2pm until midnight.


    fv
  8. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    Not quite Spring yet here, but it's coming. Gaggles of geese gregariously heading due North. The cacophany started yesterday in earnest. All week our resident birds such as Pileateds have been more active, and the first migrants have arrived. The ice is almost entirely out of the lake, but no hepatica yet. Treacherously icy anywhere there is not bare ground. The forecast calls for 50 tomorrow, then back to near freezing over the weekend. Unfortunately, weather permitting, I'm having two large maples removed by a woodlot managment specialist tomorrow. One hangs over my hydro line, the other is ten feet from my living room window, with the majority of the crown threatening my roof. Both are giving evidence that they are beginning to pose threats. A real heartbreak for me. I have nurtured the maple by the house for 35 years since we built the house. I was really careful about protecting it when we built. Unfortunately, it has a fork about thirty feet up, and that fork is clearly showing weakness at this point. Shortly after arrangements for removal were made several months ago, we had a terrific wind storm, during which the section of the crown NOT overhanging my roof made some quite disarming cracking noises each time the wind gusted into the 70's. So, reluctantly, I'll lose my maples tomorrow. Among other concerns, we have great moths outside the window by the tree every summer. I'm hoping we don't lose them (Luna, Cecropia, Polythemus, Io, Rosy Maple, the list goes on). The maple by the window is 26 inches diameter at chest height. Be interesting to see how old it is...trees grow very slowly here.
  9. ddown

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    NO fire yesterday but did get a chance to install new handmade Baffle gasket. Stove looked really good on top of the baffle. First time to check it . I'll clean chimmney when I don't have to fire it up again.
  10. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Been cool here, frost at night. Had a fire this morning, but it got up to 60 later on. Welcome to the yoyo season.
  11. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    I'm good with that.

    This time last year I was cursing the fact that we were 15 degrees below the seasonal average high.
  12. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The time of year when I would kinda like to have a furnace or something. Woodburner's hell is Fall and Spring. But this ain't Spring yet. Just early woodburner's hell.
  13. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    This year or next I'm getting two decent electric room heaters. My neighbor has a pretty good one.
  14. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I have them in every room in the house on plug-in thermostats. They have never come on but if I grab my chest and fall over someday something needs to keep her warm.
  15. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Great, now I'm picturing BBart looking like Redd Foxx
  16. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    It's pretty much been yoyo season since October here in Lower NY.
  17. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    This weather is great for pine. A quick hot fire in the am, another at night and plenty of sun during the day to keep the house warm.
  18. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Same here also.
  19. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Everybody knows the ride at the big theme parks where you go up, then come down and swirl through various curves and loops? Right?
    Welcome to the springtime roller coaster.
  20. Waulie

    Waulie Minister of Fire

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    Spring? I don't think so yet. It did get up to 54 here a couple days ago, but it's chilly again. I'm sure we have plenty of burning still this year, Dennis. However, I did light a match for the first time since getting the Progress the other day.

    I'm still waiting for the snow to melt so I can get back in the woods and start cutting for 13/14.
  21. thewoodlands

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    From the forecast I saw today for our area it looks like warmer temps (50's & up during the day with lows around 33 at night) are coming in on Sunday for almost two weeks.

    zap
  22. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I can say without a doubt it is cold out there today. What is cold is the wind. Looks like our high will be 34 for the day but that wind bites right into you. However, this will be short lived. Hooray!


    rideau, so sorry you are losing the maples.
  23. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    We have had a series of squalls come through today with thunder and lightning. My ride home from Chicago yesterday landed almost half an hour early because of a 142 knot tailwind. Crazy weather.
  24. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Wow! That is a big boost with that tailwind. I wonder what it would be like riding a bike with that tailwind.... No, I don't really want to find out.
  25. burleymike

    burleymike Feeling the Heat

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    Last night at 9:30 I put (4) 4" diameter splits in, got it going good and went to bed. I woke up at 1 am pouring sweat, I have been sick so I thought my fever must have come back, I went to the kitchen to get some ibuprofen. Nope it was 90 degrees in the front half of the house. My wife who is always cold was sleeping like a baby of course. Tonight I am going to build a small fire with some pallet wood and start a few fire in the morning if we even need one.

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