Winter has not even started yet how's your supply?

smokinj Posted By smokinj, Dec 11, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. jebatty

    jebatty
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 1, 2008
    5,243
    669
    Loc:
    Northern MN
    It's a balmy -22C (-8F) right now ...
     
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 9, 2008
    7,361
    110
    Loc:
    NW Ontario
    I think the heat from my chimney is affecting your thermometer. %-P
     
  3. burntime

    burntime
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 18, 2006
    2,395
    1
    Loc:
    C'mon hunting season!
    Wow, we just hit the negatives for a two day stint. The house hovered at 75. Life is good...
     
  4. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 29, 2007
    280
    0
    Loc:
    Long Island, New York
    I burned 1/2 cord since the beginning of October. I average three per season, but I don't burn 24/7 and it isn't nearly as cold here as it is where some of you live. I probably have three + extra cords on hand if I need them, but I expect to use them next year.
     
  5. joshlaugh

    joshlaugh
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    May 1, 2009
    330
    2
    Loc:
    Granville, Ohio
    My first fire was September 30th. Burned through 2 cords so far. I have plenty of wood for the rest of the year and the next two.
     
  6. Chief Ryan

    Chief Ryan
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 17, 2008
    172
    0
    Loc:
    Long Island NY
    Hasn't been all that cold here yet except for this past week. I've been using scrap wood since october (cut offs and odd shaped pieces) and still using them. I have about 2 cords of Locust, Oak and Yellow Birch on my deck ready to go and another cord or so on the side of my house that's ready to go.
     
  7. burntime

    burntime
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 18, 2006
    2,395
    1
    Loc:
    C'mon hunting season!
    I think I burned about 2 face cords and some shorties so far...
     
  8. stejus

    stejus
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 29, 2008
    1,227
    109
    Loc:
    Central MA
    Started with 5 cord (4 hard wood and 1 mixed dead standing scroung stuff). Still have 4.25 cords left :)
     
  9. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2008
    17,174
    3,606
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Well I had an exceptionally boring weekend . . . at one point I was so bored I was taking pictures of my sleeping cat . . . which will probably make an appearance here sooner or later.

    I did however take a picture of my woodshed to show how little wood I have used so far . . . first shot just shows the "new" sled shed addition with my brother-in-law's sleds . . . second picture shows the wood usage. The shed is 12 x 20 . . . so far I've taken a little more than two of the interior rows which are maybe 6 feet wide.
     

    Attached Files:

  10. Danno77

    Danno77
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 27, 2008
    5,009
    704
    Loc:
    Hamilton, IL
    totally jealous of your woodshed. I like the thing packed full of wood and then one little patio chair amidst it, like sometimes you just sit there and stare at it all, lol.
     
  11. Ductape

    Ductape
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 16, 2008
    225
    0
    Loc:
    Central NH
    What the heck ??!!! That wood shed is nicer than 33% of the houses up your way !!
     
  12. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2008
    17,174
    3,606
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    I figure one more row down . . . and then I'll have enough room for the big screen TV. ;) :)
     
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2008
    17,174
    3,606
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    And probably just about as drafty. ;)

    Note: If you look closely you'll see the Official Maine Roofing material on the side of the shed . . . ;)
     
  14. PapaDave

    PapaDave
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 23, 2008
    5,740
    2,220
    Loc:
    Northern MI - in the mitten
    Hey Jake,
    How did you support those blocks? Your shed looks like something I could do in my yard. I'd like to do maybe 24' though.
    Nice chair.
     
  15. Slow1

    Slow1
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 26, 2008
    2,671
    286
    Loc:
    Eastern MA
    Well... I've burned about 3/4 cord so far this year. Woodpile has a decent dent in it so it is showing it but I figure I have 3 3/4 left in there so I am not (yet) worried about making it this year. I'm getting better at managing the stove and the family seems to be acclimating to cooler temperatures - warmer than we kept the oil, but cooler than when we started burning during the euphoria of the initial shoulder season. Certainly don't have enough wood to keep those initial temps during January (or enough stove for the amount of space I'm heating!).

    I feel the need for a nice woodshed though. This lifting a tarp that is getting holes in it (already) each time I get wood is no fun. However I'm glad I have it covered - I can tell a difference from last year when I didn't cover it at all and the wood was iced over or wet when I had to move it up to the deck. The mini-shed on the deck is doing a good job - we had a couple days of ice on the roof and it deflected the drips away from the top of the woodpile so at least I didn't have iced over pieces to bring in and drip on the floor.

    Bit of trivia - I've added up 1480 degree days so far this heating season. Last year I burned for a total of 4750 degree days. I can't say that I'm 30% through the season though as the dates don't line up. However based on my wood consumption it does seem that I'm burning about 25% or so less wood/degree day than last year. Shoulder season may be throwing the whole thing off, but it is some interesting trivia to track as the season progresses.
     
  16. wendell

    wendell
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 29, 2008
    2,026
    10
    Loc:
    Madison, WI
    I'm getting close to a cord already but have more pine and punky elm than I thought. Just got home from a 10 day trip and got a path cleared out to the wood stack in back, got some snow cleared off the stack and cleared out the branches that had fallen from a pine and had taken down my phone and cable lines, came inside and took my stuff off, looked out the window and saw that it had started snowing again.

    Welcome to winter!
     
  17. op_man1

    op_man1
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 11, 2009
    140
    0
    Loc:
    Eastern Ontario
    First year burning and i will probably run out in Feb, even though I started collecting wood a year ago. Oh well, back to the central heating then, not that big of a deal...

    At least I am set for the next two years, with about 6-7 cords split and stacked. I just don't want to bother with green wood.

    FirefigherJake, do you have plans for that shed or did you just wing it?
     
  18. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2008
    17,174
    3,606
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    I am built on ledge so I get very little frost in the ground here . . . at least very little heaving . . . so with the exception of the four corner blocks -- which are resting on the remains of what was a very large swingset cemented into the ground (those blocks are actually sitting on the concrete/metal sauna tube like block that was left behind after I cut the steel pipe) -- most of the blocks and large rocks are resting directly on the ground (well I did lay in a half foot to foot of gravel underneath.

    The reason I went 20 feet was due to the size of the existing swingset . . . it just worked out that way.

    A nice benefit is technically this is not a permanent structure . . . nice for tax purposes . . . of course I think moving this shed might be a challenge.
     
  19. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2008
    17,174
    3,606
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    I jotted down some ideas that I had on paper . . . but more or less just went with what made sense to me from a structural standpoint . . . my wife says I tend to overthink and overbuild things . . . but I would rather be excused of that than having to deal with a heavy snow load crushing my shed and having to start rebuilding it.
     
  20. op_man1

    op_man1
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 11, 2009
    140
    0
    Loc:
    Eastern Ontario
    I've never really built anything like that, although I have done wall framing. Hope it's not too difficult for a relative beginner... I really need to build a shed next spring, there is really too much snow here. I live in the suburbs and the shed would really make the yard look less junky as well. Yours looks like something that could work in our yard - not too complicated but nice to look at.
     
  21. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2008
    17,174
    3,606
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    If you can frame a wall you can build a shed . . . trust me . . . I'm no great carpenter.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page