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The Last fire of the season. How much did you burn?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by seeyal8r, Mar 8, 2012.

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  1. seeyal8r

    seeyal8r Feeling the Heat

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    Tonight will be the last fire we burn for the season. The next couple weeks show highs in the 60s and 70s. Today though sunday will only be in the 50s so it give me a chance to burn some ugglies and use up the last of what I brought up to the house about a month ago.

    In total for this year I burned only about 2/3rds what I burned last winter. Most of my wood was pecan, elm, and white oak. The pecan and elm were great for the shoulder season we had most of the winter and the oak I burned was really a waste most of the time but I kept it burning pretty slow. I'd say I burned a good 2 cords and never had the heater kick on except for a couple cold mornings. When it kicked on I promptly got out of bed to turn it off and add some wood to the fire. I'm a cord ahead of where I thought I needed to be this time last year.

    How much did you get by with this year?

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  2. grommal

    grommal Feeling the Heat

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    Not done yet, but probably not too much more to go. About 3.5 cord so far, mostly oak but also a mongrel mix including everything from arborvitae and red cedar to white pine.

    This is actually the most wood ever in a year for me. Not because it was cold, but because I was on a mission to burn the stove whenever I could, to see how many days I could string together without the heat pump cranking up even once.

    I'll have 4+ cord of oak on hand for next season.
  3. seeyal8r

    seeyal8r Feeling the Heat

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    I always start the season so eager to burn that I end up opening windows because it gets too hot in the house.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    You will probably find that very few are done burning for the year. We never figure we are done until well into May here. However, we have already had our first night with the stove cold and that is very unusual for us. As for wood consumption, we probably will be about 30% less this year but that is only a SWAG.
  5. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Still working on the wood I had scheduled for use in February. Probably have enough of that to last for another week, maybe longer if the forecast stays true. Temps are due to get into the 50's for the next 2 weeks, so not much wood will be consumed. I may end up with about a full cord that should have been burned, but like Dennis said, I don't think we're done until mid-May. Usually use close to 5 cord/yr.
  6. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    good ole boy used to live next to me, burned wood. i recall him compaining one time to me, saying 'had to make fire in JUNE!'

    living here in south central PA, his words are the ones I always remember when it comes to woodburnin'
  7. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    It is not over here yet still some cold spells in the forecast.
  8. The Beagler

    The Beagler Burning Hunk

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    I've had fires going in the middle of May here in Northern Ky. Last year I burned a couple of days during the first week of May.
    I've got one going now, but it may be the last for a while. I always count on burning a handful of days in April.
  9. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    I'm guessing I'll have fires (although less frequently) until late April / early May. Looks like I'll save 1/2 cord this year. Cheers!
  10. n3pro

    n3pro Minister of Fire

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    2 cords, one cord less then usual. I get a feeling we're going to have one of those freak cold snaps yet. My mamma always said " I remember one year when we hid Easter eggs in the yard the night before, woke up Easter morning with 2 inches of snow, we could find a single egg." I have about 1/2 cord left. I was afraid I was going to run out this year, life got in the way of my wood accumulation hobby. Got 3 1/2 cord ready for next year and just made room for another cord.
  11. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    calling for 19 tomorrow night, I'm not done yet. But if I have to guess where I'll end up, it's looking like about 3 to 3 1/3 cord instead of the usual 4.5. Much warmer winter than normal.
  12. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    I am just about done with my second cord. The past two years I averaged about 4.5 cords burning full time for heat.
  13. Mo Par

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    I'm not quite done yet. Burned about 3 cords so far. I didn't light it up the past two days, temps in the 60's but it's going to cool down again.
  14. MofoG23

    MofoG23 Feeling the Heat

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    I've probably burned 2.5/3 cord and we are winding down...last year we burned a bit over 4 cord. I have a cord left over and even more stacked and ready for next year. :)
  15. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Just told my wife about this thread. Her response "If you think you are done burning in early March, think again. Even in Virginia.".
  16. ScotO

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    same here, BB. We are like Dennis, usually burn right into May (at least the last couple years it's been that way). We let it go down to coals throughout the day on warmer days (past two days were in the mid 60's up here in central PA) but at night I get it going again for an overnight fire. I've had one going since early evening, it has been in the mid 50's but rainy and damp. Wind is really picking up now, I think that colder air we're supposed to get is squeezing it's way in. What really bumps my hump is I have lots of great, seasoned oak in the basement right now, brought it in back in the beginning of February expecting SOME cold weather, but we've really had none to talk about. I fear if I haul all that oak back out to the stack, we'll get a cold snap. So I'm burning that white oak in the shoulder season, maybe it will keep the cold outta here!!
  17. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I am responsible for the warm winter. In October I moved two years worth of oak into the shed, built the new generator shed and bought two more gennies and mounted the snow blade. Said then that it would guarantee a warm winter. It worked.

    PM me for the Paypal account. :cheese:
  18. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    Thanks BB!

    I burn when it gets cold in the house. That can be one day and the AC on the next. I have burned a lot less wood this year and with 2 stoves instead of one, but I don't think I am done yet. Last week one day it got up to 63 °F and dropped to 23 °F that night.
  19. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Not done here I'm sure. I have burnt about 3 cords and have a cord on the patio outside the stove room (walk in basement). Just started back up about a hour ago as the cold is moving in. No fire last night as the house was 76 after work y-day 71 this morning. I will likely quit about the middle of April and just run the natural gas boiler the rest of the way in. I use gas for cook stove,hot water heater and a heater in the garage. Budget is $77 which picks up about Sept. just got the bill the other day and it was $28 as I am ahead of the curve. Usually don't see that till April.
  20. ScotO

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    well if that's the case BB, PM me your address, I owe ya a bottle of homemade maple syrup.... :cheese:
  21. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Thanks BB.......Good to see that you are good for more than just keeping us posters in line. Or should we check that with Mrs BB ?
  22. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Forecast low here tomorrow night is 26 and more then likely their will be more cold spells.
  23. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Still burning, temps dropped from 50 to 30 with heavy rains,wind and it's started to snow so I packed the Liberty with Sugar Maple (it was in the racks) locked in at 650 degrees stovetop.

    Still have under a cord of Cherry which we planned on burning this year.


    zap
  24. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    Come on Zap, tell the truth. You and Dennis are going to have so much left after this winter, you are going have to give ME some :snake:
  25. HotCoals

    HotCoals Minister of Fire

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    Will be burning awhile yet.
    Little over 3 cords so far.
    Not saving all that much from last season..but way warmer!
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