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BigJ273

Minister of Fire
Feb 15, 2015
503
Maryland
Does anyone else have anxiety about the first few burns of the season? I find myself constantly checking things and re-assuring myself everything is safe. After a few fires I get more comfortable. But those first few always seem a little nerve racking to me
 
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MongoMongoson

Member
Feb 6, 2021
239
Wisconsin
You are not alone. The first fire doesn't bother me, but the first time I leave home with a hot stove in the house gives me a little anxiety.. I won't leave it when it is in the off-gassing stage with strong secondaries.... just when it is coaling or approaching that stage. Even so, it makes me nervous and I check and recheck stuff before I go.
 
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firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,508
Unity/Bangor, Maine
Have had one fire so far . . . no worries . . . but at this point I have been running this stove for 13 years so we know each other intimately (for example I know my stove prefers to have the side door ajar at the start, needs the nearby window open just a dite in the early Fall and late Spring and enjoys cool fall nights . . . and walks on the beach.)
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
91,428
South Puget Sound, WA
We've had a couple fires now. After 11 seasons with the stove, starting up in fall is a non-event. It burns just like it always does. This year might be a bit more interesting as we are going to burning through a stash of 2-3 yr old mixed hardwoods. There's everything from apple and cherry to eucalyptus and holly in the stack. The first to burn will be all the uglies on the top of the pile. That should mean more heat, but also more ash emptying. I am spoiled by burning doug fire, but that is 2 rows back in the shed.
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,060
Colorado
Hey I'm nervous even before my first fire on my stove...When it starts I will not leave the house until it is "out"--at least until I get used to it and get to know what I am doing..lol clancey
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
3,050
Long Island NY
Have had one fire so far . . . no worries . . . but at this point I have been running this stove for 13 years so we know each other intimately (for example I know my stove prefers to have the side door ajar at the start, needs the nearby window open just a dite in the early Fall and late Spring and enjoys cool fall nights . . . and walks on the beach.)
lol. What is the favorite drink of your stove that begets the right mood?

75 F here again today...
 

shortys7777

Feeling the Heat
Nov 15, 2017
379
Smithfield, RI
Tonight will be the first night. I will sit by it for a few hours looking over before bed, but likely wont be worried. Cleaned it this past weekend and blew out the blower fan. Just need to wipe the glass. Hoping only a few fires to keep the chill out over the next few weeks. Wednesday looks like 73 here.