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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by CHeath, Apr 15, 2013.
2-3 evenings past 2 weeks. Been in the 60s during the day.
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A week ago last Thursday, April 4th, it only got up to 35 F with rain and sleet all day and it was my wife's birthday! We stayed home all day and I burned a fire in the Jotul F 600 most of the day. Then on Friday, a week ago, it started warming up and I drained, cleaned, and refilled our outdoor spa to get ready for the season. We have a natural spring for our water source, so the water goes into the spa at 55 F, but in three days the sun had heated the water up to 91 F and from there I finished topping it off with the electric heater and by last Tuesday my wife and I were out soaking! It got a bit warmer everyday last week topping out at 83 F one day. Then we got some rain over the weekend and it cooled off a bit, so today I fired up the Woodstock Classic on our lower level where it was just 64 F. It was 67 upstairs, but since it was too warm for a fire up there I thought I'd heat the lower level up and let the heat drift upstairs to take the chill off things. This weekend, however, they are calling for highs in the 50s again and lows in the 30s, so I might get one or two more upstairs fires yet this season.
Cool and rainy last week, so we burned evening and morning fires. Daytime temps hitting 60s now so not needed, but turning cool (low 30s) with rain again toward the end of the week so we'll light one in the evenings to chase away the damp.
I have a small ,intense fire going right now .
Still burning daily here. Its -4c now with tomorrow having a high of 0c and lows of -7c. Warming up later in the week but nothing that will keep me from burning for awhile yet. Sure have noticed a drop in the amount of wood we are going through though. Sitting by the fire right now ready for a reload, watching the walking dead with my wife and the husky.
16" of fresh snow since last night and still falling. Am I still burning?
Morning fire and night fire - with a few days here and there of no morning fire. About 2/3 cord left in the barn from this year's stash - about 4-5 days of cherry and the rest is primo oak that I'd like to leave for next winter. I might pull some pine from the stacks to finish off whatever cold days are left - I have about a cord set aside for next early fall and late spring. Cheers!
Rarely do I get to say this about snow ! !
Glad it's you & not me.
Meant in a friendly way of course. LOL
I'm still burning at night. Low temps have been in the upper 30's. I burned the last wood out of the shed a few days ago. Now I'm burning alder I cut down on my property in July. The smaller pieces are under 20% so I just have to be selective about what I pull from the stacks.
I did 8 years in the mountains of Colorado, how is your snow pack? I read that it was below average but also know that means nothing locally.
Tonight is first fire in the last couple weeks. It has been 80's in the day 50's at night. Spring showers rolled in last night, 60's yesterday, 45 last night. This one will go out and probably not need another for a while.
Thought I was done a week ago. Lit one fire over the weekend. Probably one more this weekend for a forecasted cold evening. Keep getting random nights in the 30's about once a week.
Snow pack is below average. I think the news this morning stated this brought us up another 10%, but we could use more.
one fire once per day.
Some years we burn year-round. Average summer and winter temps are different by about six degrees, since we are close to the ocean.
So, yes still burning two fires per day.
Still burning,, it's going down to 28 here Saturday night.. Cat stove is nice , you can burn it long , low and slow for these shoulder days and still have coals for a reload at night
Haven't had one in a week. There is a few wheelborrow loads left in the wood room that I guarantee will get burnt up. Fat lady never sings until the end of May!
Ran out of seasoned wood in January. Been using the snowshoes and sled since then to pull standing dead pine out of the woods. About half the snow is gone now, and I have access to my fields with the 4 Wheeler, but there`s still 2 feet of snow in the bush. Temperatures are still in the low 30`s at night, and go up to 50 in the day. Burning 24/7. I can`t see myself scrounging for wood until May, as well as trying to find wood that can dry over the summer for use next winter. This winter was a really hard winter, and I figure I needed at least 5 full cords. I`ll try to cut enough wood this year to last for 3 years. First cut will be dry standing wood to last till May and for the next two winters, and cut maple for the third year. Any oak will be kept for 3 years to dry.
I have thought I was done a couple times but we're dropping from the 70's today to the 20's tomorrow night with 30-40 mph winds. So it looks like the stove will be fired up again tomorrow.
Ive been burning 4-5 nights a week lately, still love having my coffee in front of the stove in the morning with the dog laying next to me, its the only time shes calm.
Going to fire the boiler back up tonight low of 26F and strong winds with light snow.
I'm done for about two weeks now, had a couple second thought's but just got more blankets for the bed. Cleaned the chimney last weekend, Not bad at all about a coffee can full of crap, maybe a bit more..... been scrounging and got about 8 to 9 cord's sitting now for the long haul..
you guys are starting to shut yours down and over here where just starting to fire ours up lol , nice fire going tonight , got some gum / eucalyptus thats been seasoning for about 2 years burning away , myself and daughter and young bloke even roasted some marshmellows lol .
Looks like I have run out of steam before running out of winter. Still plenty of wood, but I'm down to 4-5 fires a week depending on temps and whether I can be bothered to go through the routine at that particular time. Been working too many hours & my wife has quit making fires.
Come October we will both be itching to start burning again, but right now we're both sick of it.
Still burning . . . mostly just a morning and evening fire, but on a few nights I've been getting away with a single fire in the morning or evening.