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Posted By WiscWoody,
Apr 8, 2019 at 8:57 PM
I lit mine last night and I think I'll light it now.
Really loving my mini-splits. Haven't had them that long really, but so far have been one of our best investments IMO. They have saved burning a lot of wood & fire making this spring. So much so that I think I am going to put a little more effort this off season into burning the boiler once every week or two for DHW - looking at my stacks outside, it is going to be a few years before I get it all burned & I don't want to lose any to rot and this way-soggy spring has me thinking rot might be a possibility. Got some stuff out there that was marginal to start with, having scrounged only windfalls the past few years, some of which had been down for quite a while before I got to it. Had no idea this kind of issue could possibly develop - a conundrum I didn't anticipate. But there could be worse conundrums to have to deal with...
I've never seen "delightful" on the forecast before. We are finally entering a period of occasionally burning. We had a fire yesterday because it was windy and cold, but the sun came out and the house got up to 80... This morning it's cold and rainy and I'm not sure if I want to light a fire or not.
I think it's finally over for real here. There might be one or two fires before fall, but that should be it
I've had the stove setup with kindling in anticipation of a cool night, but the coolest temp has been in the low 50s. Haven't burned for over a month.
Your kindling is going to be filled with pistachio nut shells by fall!
Done for a month. Removed brick liner and secondary air tubes last week, vacuumed the insert, and removed the surround and vacuumed the fireplace. Will probably SootEater the liner this week and put the tubes and bricks back in.
No fire now for three days
Temps have gone from 5
to 31 Today
May be time to install window ACs
From winter to summer in three days not a record
Have been in past years fire in the morning AC in the afternoon
If you don't like the weather wait 5 min.
Got that right, though hopefully not 3 cu ft worth!
I thought I was done burning with last weeks morning fires to warm up the house but last night it was in the low 40’s so I had a “last” fire this morning... I heard on the radio that with our calm winds there was some light frost in northern Minnesota but with Lake Superior a bit north of here it tempers us some.
It's chilly today with the clouds and the house got cold, so lighting a small fire right now.
It's finally switching to the warm season in the PNW. We've been having some outside fires to burn up the firewood processing trash. The nights have been lovely, light until past 10pm!
Soon I expect they will ban all outside burning for the summer dry season.
I used to go out to the factory in Jeffersonville, IN (Louisville, KY) a lot when I worked at CL in the 1990s. They are at the western edge of the eastern time zone. Light a lot later than I was used to. They guys said they could go golfing after work and get a round in.
I think we are in some twisted competition to see which one of us will have the latest fire of the 18/19 heating season lol.
Ha, it seems that it now. On Monday it was super nice and I opened up too many windows and the house got cold. Tuesday morning was rain until the evening, and the house only got up to 64 on its own, so we had a fire. I don't mind really, the house is always comfortable!
64 and having a fire? You're not from around here, eh?
Just kidding. I know you moved up here from the south. I was wondering if last fires are related, in part, to where people are originally from.
When you said you had a fire yesterday, I checked the temperature in Machias, ME. Too warm for a fire for me since I grew up in New England. 64 is around what I have the thermostat set to in the winter, +/- a couple of degrees either way.
I have coffee Friday mornings with the old guys (I'm one) from my wife's former church. The minister's husband frequently comments (complains?) about the temperature in the parsonage in late fall. His wife is French Canadian, and she has the windows open in the house for sleeping very late in the fall in New England. He's freezing.
64 inside is chilly when there's no sun and windy like yesterday. It's 64 inside this morning, but I'm not lighting a fire since it's sunny. My wife would keep the house 75 year round, but I prefer 70-72.
For me I like to keep the house around 68-69 during the day and 58 or so at night when the furnace eventually takes over for awhile during the heating season but if it’s a little cool in the house in the morning and I know it’s going to be hot later in the day I’ll leave it that way and keep the house closed up so it stays cool inside. Then I won’t have to run the AC until later in the evening. Pretty basic carbon and money saver I guess. Oh and btw I just had a fire going. I’m down to just burning some of the red oak mower crates wood that I collect from the hardware stores now.
I think my wife would love to move in with you.
I used to have the upstairs thermostat set for 58 - 59 for overnight when I was younger.
I think it's really related to what folks are used to. My wife and I went up to Ogunquit, ME when we first moved to MA. Lots of people swimming in the ocean. The chalkboard on the beach said something like: "Today's water temperature - 52." Way too cold for me to consider going in the ocean
I asked someone about it. He said to look at the license plates of the cars in the parking lot. Mostly people vacationing from Quebec. 52 is fine for them.
It's 48 outside this morning. I'm determined to not get a fire going in the stove. My wife might decide she wants a fire though
SpaceBus … several of the guys I have coffee with have little summer cabins* at the former Methodist camp in Machias. They were up there a couple of weeks ago to get them ready for the season. Said that black flies were really bad, as you mentioned. Had to wear head netting, if they went outside. One guy left his car windows open overnight and said there must have been 50,000 mosquitoes in his car in the morning.
* Little is just a statement of size. The cabins were in pretty rough shape from neglect when they bought them. One guy had a strap around his cabin and two straps inside held tight with come-alongs to hold it together while he gutted and worked on it.
I could handle a cooler house, but my wife has joint pain below 68. During the day it's nice to have a bit cooler of a house since I have to wear long sleeves if I want to work on the house outside.
Sounds like our house! We had to wrap the southeast corner of our house due to a bunch of undisclosed water damage. Thankfully we live on the coast and don't have the same numbers of black flies as elsewhere. The mosquitoes don't even bother me too much, I'm used to those down in VA and NC.
Having been born and raised in NH, I'm one of those that think 65 is perfect summer weather. Anything over that is too damn hot. I primarily heat with wood but have propane baseboards as a backup. I keep my thermostats at 45. 55-60 in the house is very comfortable. When the wood stove is cranking during the winter, I usually have windows or the French doors open, whether it's snowing or not.
We spent a few NC winters in an RV and that was uncomfortable for my wife. It was a struggle to keep the bus at 65f in January and Feb with a propane furnace ducted into the floor. My wife jokes that she is a lizard due to her narrow range of temperature comfort. She also had a heat injury as a kid, so she can't do hot.
lit the stove up this morning got a nice bed of oak (saw mill ) slab coals running and tossed some what ever on top before coming to shop.