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What would you do?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Jack Straw, May 20, 2013.

  1. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    My daughter graduated college yesterday and is moving back home today. We have a raised ranch and her bedroom is in the basement as well as the wood stove. It was 58 degrees down there this morning and it tends to be damp. My options were to run the oil fired boiler to warm and dry up the basement or let warm, moist outside air in and then run the dehumidifier to dry it out, or start a fire in the stove. Since I am on "stay-cation" this week I started a fire. What would you have done?

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  2. Nick Mystic

    Nick Mystic Minister of Fire

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    I would give your daughter the choice of what she wants to do since it is going to be where she is living. If she wants to haul wood and tend a fire then she can heat with wood. If she would rather pitch in and pay for the electricity for the dehumidifier, she could go that route. The same with paying for the oil.
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  3. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    If you haven't already, teach her to run the stove. Or, let her help pay the oil bill.
    Good life lesson.
    I'd probably give her a minute to catch her breath first. :cool:
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  4. lumbering on

    lumbering on Feeling the Heat

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    Dehumidifier can make life pleasant, but I ran one 24/7 when my basement flooded and it absolutely ATE electricity.
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Wood heat can dry things out nicely as well as warm up the room.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Subtlely encourage her to get a job and find a nice warm place to live.
  8. ddahlgren

    ddahlgren Feeling the Heat

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    I have a small fire going enough toget the chimney hot but not run me out of the house yes it is 50 something but a late night glass of wine and a bit going in the wood stove can be very relaxing.
  9. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    I would definitely be lighting a fire as long as your daughter doesn't have any strong objections. I wish it was cool enough for a fire most nights.
  10. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    can she (help) handle keeping the stove going as needed ?

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