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what temp do you reload at??

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by kayakkeith, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. kayakkeith

    kayakkeith Member

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    So what temp do you usually reload your stove at??

    I have a woodstock keystone and tend to reload when its just coals but even though the temps are still btwn 300 to 400

    Should I load more by temps or wood/coal amount???

    Just want to make sure I am not wasting anything by loading to early

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  2. fire_man

    fire_man Minister of Fire

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    I reload based on heating needs. When it's super cold out I reload at 300-350 stovetop. I open the draft up early in the burn cycle so those babies are cherry red and burned down good. Reloads then light up fast, too.

    When its warmer out I reload closer to 250 stovetop or if it's really warm the stove cools off even more.
  3. snowtime

    snowtime Minister of Fire

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    Same here. It just depends on temps. When its -50 I will keep that sucker above 400 for reloads but in warmer days might load when theres just enough coals to light it up. Sometimes thats just 150 but she does not stay there.
  4. Ratherbfishin

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    Sure depends on temps outside, If it is super cold I keep it loaded up but at some point you need to open the air up and let the coals burn down to ash. Then reload. But as a rule of thumb I don't go by stove temps rather when the fire and coals are burning down and the room temp starts to drop. If you don't at some point let the coals burn down you run out of room in the fire box.
  5. joshlaugh

    joshlaugh New Member

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    300*-350* and it depends on how warm the house is
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Reload by my heating needs and stage of burning typically vs. temp . . . although if pressed I would guess the stove is typically around 200-300 degrees F.
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I don't have a thermometer. When my wife complains, or my little dog sits in front of the stove looking at me- I reload.
  8. shawneyboy

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    Reload based on heating needs, not on the temp of the stove.
  9. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Gotta' go with the heating need answer.....most of the time.
    Last evening however, we hadn't had a fire for a good chunk of the day. The house started feeling a little cool, but I was preoccupied working on a sis-in-laws laptop.
    My wife mentioned that it was getting a little cool in the hose, and I agreed, but continued with the laptop. When I finally got around to the stove, the house had cooled to about 61. :grrr:
    Stove was down to about 200. OOPS. Not my usual reload temp.
    When it's below zero, the stove gets reloaded at whatever temp to keep the house warm. That can be a struggle, and tends to build coals...........a lot.
    I've only had to do it twice this year, but when they get that bad and I need heat, those get emptied.
  10. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Papa Dave- 4 medium small splits of pine on the coals, open the air- you'll get REAL HEAT and burn down the coals. I have to use this trick in colder weather as well.
  11. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    When the thermometer on the thermostat in the hall way says 66, I have waited to long. (she will be cold)

    This morning I reloaded with stove at 150, some days in January I reloaded at 400 stove top... Thermometer in house about 68 or above both times.

    I will note, I have built a fire when the house was 69 and steady, just because the house felt "cold" without a fire. Sweated my arse off in bed that night... :cheese:

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