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time to let the fire go out!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by ScotO, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. ScotO

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    WOW! We're supposed to be hitting around 58° here in central PA today, guess we'll let the fire go out and pull the baffles on the ol' Napoleon this evening and give her a good mid-season cleaning. I can't believe how mild it has been all winter. Kind of depressing if you ask me...........

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  2. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    I Agree! Our stove is only a few weeks old so I don't need to clean it yet but it is already 50 degrees here in South Eastern PA and it is going to 60 today! The wood from this morning is just glowing embers and I am not filling it again. I just look at this as a blessing - no snow - no ice - more wood for next year!
  3. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Did some processing this morning, T shirt weather. Still sweating.
  4. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Still only 22 here, it will be interesting to see if we actually get the big warm up. If Syracuse gets in the 50's we will be in the high 30's.

    zap
  5. woody49705

    woody49705 New Member

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    yep. Buddy is coming over to help me clean the chimney liner tomorrow. May as do cat. combustor as well!!
  6. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    I just wasted some time doing the first sweep with the new stove. Got less tban a cup of powdery soot and dirt after two months of mostly smoldering burns. Hope the UPS man comes today with my new 3' section of pipe, before I go back up and put the cap back on.

    Gonna have to fire it back up pretty soon. The females of the house are starting to get chilled. Into the upper 60s in here right now. Even though it's 54° and sunny outside, the wind is blowing about 25mph.
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Holy crapola . . . normally I would say you could keep those higher temps, but at this point I have just about given up on this winter and its lack of snow . . . if we don't get hard by some good storms soon I'll be hoping for an early spring and a return to those temps since right now having just the cold without the snow is a complete waste.
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I'm not complaining. Nice to see how much more wood I will have left over for 2014.

    It was just too warm in the house last night so I didn't bother putting in any for overnight. There was enough ashes to preserve some coals to rekindle the fire this morning.
  9. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    With all these warm temps, zappy is gonna have enough wood till 2025.... :lol: :lol: :coolsmirk:
  10. ScotO

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    Zap did you guys get any lake effect the past couple of days? I wish we had some cold, the syrup season is supposed to start soon and it isn't looking good for us.
  11. ScotO

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    I agree Jake. I just hope this mild winter doesn't turn into a cold, wet spring and summer .......
  12. ScotO

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    yes a lot of us will be set in that department ......lol...
  13. PA Fire Bug

    PA Fire Bug Feeling the Heat

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    I threw in some pallet scraps and a small piece of unsplit wood keep the fire going. I'll put some wood in at bedtime so that the living room is warm in the morning.

    It was great to have all four family members outside after school today. It was t-shirt weather since the wind was calm. I'd still like to run the snowblower again this winter.
  14. greythorn3

    greythorn3 Minister of Fire

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    58f must be nice! you trying to rub it in or what?
  15. ScotO

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    Greythorn, believe it or not, I'd trade some of my mild weather for a couple feet of snow and some icy cold for the next full month........and I'm not kidding!!!
  16. ScotO

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    yes it was nice to see my kids outside enjoying the weather. I, on the other hand, split some wood in the swamp (was formerly our backyard before the rains came in September). I'm thinking of getting some cattynine tails and lilypads fer spring, stocking it with frogs....it's ridiculous!!
  17. PA Fire Bug

    PA Fire Bug Feeling the Heat

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    I can't complain about having wood to burn in upcoming years but I liked last winter's weather when there were several weeks of snow cover. Cold rain is my least favorite weather. I'd like to see a few feet of snow (without moving to Alaska).
  18. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    This whole winter for the lower 48 has been great "firewood processing" weather.
    You folks burned very little wood & got several more cords CSS.
    Many posts of growing CSS wood stacks, love seeing them.
    Good for you all, I believe your winters will show up again & you'll all have some good dry firewood when it does.
    We up here are glad to post our winter stories so you can remember what winter is. LOL :lol:
    Was nice today (+18 °f) to get the long burns back & be able to go outside dressed for normal winter weather & get some chores done.
    Fire will not be going out here any time soon :)
  19. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Hey there Scotty, I have a good friend that does maple syrup too. I thought he told me if no cold snap it may not even run this year ????? He was also saying something about if it does get cold and starts to run and then back to a warm spell those trees will start to heal over. Does that sound about right ? I am sure he knows what he is talking about but I was just trying to recall how he said that. I have never been around the syrup thing.
  20. ScotO

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    he's exactly right! This is about a week or two away from being the worst maple syrup season in many years, at least for our area. What you want to happen is at night you want the temps to get down into the teens/low twenties, then during the day you want it to get into the upper thirty's or low forties. At night the trees freeze and swell, and during the day when the temps warm up, the tree contracts and pushes sap out of the taphole. You need the freeze/thaw cycle to collect the sap. Once the mild temperatures set in for good, the buds on the tree will swell and the sugar in the tree converts to starch, and the run is over. If we don't get some cold weather in the next week or so, I'm not going to bother making it this year. The next couple of weeks are crucial, and our 10 day forecast isn't looking too promising for sugaring.
  21. snowleopard

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    Time to let the fire go out?

    Dang! Thanks. Missed the memo . . .
  22. ScotO

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    I guess this mild weather has its advantages bogydave......I actually tried to talk the wife into moving to Alaska and almost had her convinced, til she saw that show "Alaska, the last frontier"......she didn't realize how brutal and long the winters are up there. She said NO WAY! Lol.... :lol:
  23. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I understand her concern. Long dark winter days can get to you..
    But with a wood stove, you have to stay busy, good therapy. Good time for inside projects.
    To me, the worst month is April, painful time, top 3" of the yard is thawed & if you walk on it, it's goo & standing water everywhere.
    Lakes aren't quit thawed. Snow is melting. Garden is a muddy mess to your ankles. Smell of Dog crap everywhere as it thaws.
    Can't do much of anything outside but the warmer weather makes you want to.

    Up to 26° now :)
  24. colebrookman

    colebrookman Minister of Fire

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    We keep going in and out of mud season. Right now it's raining making more mud. Country living at its' finest! The noseums should be early this spring. Be safe.
    Ed
  25. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    No snow, you weren't supposed to see that.
    Alaskans don't get that memo for another 6 months. :cheese:

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