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  1. WoodpileOCD

    WoodpileOCD Minister of Fire

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    Visualize dollar bills on fire.
    Start asking who turned the thermostat up past 60.
    Know we have been gone for a week and are trying to keep the pipes from freezing.

    Your thoughts on this most unpleasant sound?

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Know I am in somebody else's house. We don't have a furnace.
  3. maverick06

    maverick06 Minister of Fire

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    it makes me get out of bed and reload the stove. The heat pump doesnt bother me, but when the oil burner lights up, it will wake me up. There isnt any excuse for that machine to light up unless we arent home.
  4. pen

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

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    If my furnace kicks on, there's no denying I had too much to drink.

    pen
  5. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    Mine kicks on all the time, I'm used to it. Oh, BTW, it runs on pellets.
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    . . . spring out of bed since I realize it's getting cold in the house and I hate that sound of oil (money) being burned up.
  7. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    I'd be darn happy, because that would mean somebody fixed it for me.
  8. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    I hear ya! My furnace is directly below the family room where our stove is. When it kicks on the heat the DHW, my blood pressure rises! It's only for a few minutes so I guess it's not a real health concern...
  9. mayhem

    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    ...realize I forgot to hit the kill switch after a shower and run for the switch before the oil gets flowing. I've got a 30 second window between the time the powervent kicks on and the oil get lit in the chamber so if I'm quick I can get it.
  10. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    I've done that before. When I hear the thermostat click on for heat, I quick run and shut it off. Doesn't happen until the house gets to 60, which isn't often.
  11. MishMouse

    MishMouse Minister of Fire

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    Wonder who turned the heat up.
    Run to the basement to see if the stove stalled or is out of wood.
    Check the outside temp to see how far below zero it is.
    Wonder when the contractors are coming to insulate the N and the S side of my house. (They did the E and W last year)
  12. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Reach for the shotgun because someone broke into my basement- then I realize my hot water is through the boiler.........
  13. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Ditto.
  14. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    You & me both :)
  15. spirilis

    spirilis Minister of Fire

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    ...Find the covers and put them on, because I'm gonna get cold from all that high-velocity lukewarm air. Vastly prefer the slow & gentle flow of hot air from the basement stairwell/hallway/doorway...
  16. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    . . . and me . . .
  17. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Love it.

    I got friends in low places ....
  18. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

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    me four!
  19. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    Last winter when my boiler died a spectacular and colorful (green everywhere) death, and it was January and I went into full fetal panic, you were the one that pointed out that I was already heating 23/6 with wood so go breathe into a paper bag and bring in an armload of wood on my way back. And I did.

    Sometimes we just need a lil' reminder . . .
  20. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    I didn't realize that.

    We amaze me sometimes.
  21. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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  22. mrfjsf

    mrfjsf Member

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    I cringe everytime I hear the oil furnace kick on knowing that my hard earned money is being lit on fire! Got the first tank top off the other day at a mind shattering $3.95/gallon! Thank goodness I only needed 120 gallons. My goal this year is to use only one tank of oil as opposed to my usual 600 gallons. So far ive had a fire going every night this week after work so my furnace only needs to run when im not home or the fire has died down too much to keep up with the demand overnight.
  23. PA Fire Bug

    PA Fire Bug Feeling the Heat

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    When we bought our first wood stove, I turned off the valve to the old oil furnace, unhooked the pipes and stuffed insulation in the chimney opening. It is a Riteway boiler from 1978 and had to run for 45 minutes to get the water hot enough to circulate. I tried burning wood in it one winter since it has a large fire box. There was no good way to prevent it from overheating, the pump was going bad and it required a huge amount of wood (think outdoor furnace, but indoors). After we considered our options for replacing the oil furnace, we took advantage of the 30% tax credit at that time and bought a wood stove. Putting the stove in our living room was the best decision that we made. We had a coal stove in our basement at that time (replaced it with another wood stove last spring) but we could never get enough heat to our living room. We have electric heat in our basement that we can use, if needed. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only times that we are away for more than one night. Thanksgiving was so warm this year that we didn't need to turn on the electric heat.

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  24. Lighting Up

    Lighting Up Feeling the Heat

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    picture says it all...


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  25. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Don't bother me too much. It comes one to heat the domestic hot water and also to heat the garage.
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