October heat

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Grizzerbear

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
1,099
SW Missoura
87 here today with 25 mile per hour winds and 88 forecasted for tomorrow and severe storms, hail and tornado risk tomorrow evening. As the local weather station said its "October blow torch" weather. Lovin it. That was sarcasm lol
 
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MEngineer24

Member
Dec 6, 2020
70
WV
A while to wait yet in WV. Highs in the mid 70s lows in the 60s no heat or AC needed. First frost is usually late October to early November. I need to clean the chimney still but will wait a few weeks. The stink bugs mosquitos and fruit flys
are driving me crazy but they will be around a while.....
I can relate! I’m ready for that first frost to get rid of them.
 
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Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
969
Massachusetts
I was just starting to think about getting into chimney cleaning/wood stacking mode, but we're still consistently in the 70's in CT so no need so far. I did just get a new supposedly completely silent stove top fan that runs on convection heat. I hate the sound of my blower, so it will be cool if it really is silent. While I'll be happy to light up, I'm fine with perfect fall weather for now.

BZZZZZZZZ. I ran the stove to cure the new paint the other day and I always forget how invasive the blower noise is even on low. After a while it simply becomes white noise you get used to though. I have an insert so I 100% need to run it.
 
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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,791
South Puget Sound, WA
We've been burning the past few days. Got down to 36 a couple nights ago. Locally we are running well below average temps for October. Temps are so low that the average is setting an all time record. Skiers are getting giddy.

 

tabner

Burning Hunk
Jan 17, 2019
175
Eastern CT
out of curiosity, at what night time lows do most people start burning? a poll might be interesting here.

(I know these answers will be very subjective based on climate, house construction, efficiency of primary heat source, type of woodstove, etc)
This year I am chomping at the bit to use my new setup, but I suspect due to the efficiency of my heat pump, and improved woodstove draft in cold weather, in the long run it will probably make more sense for me to use heat pump during shoulder season, and save the woodstove for Dec through Feb.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,791
South Puget Sound, WA
out of curiosity, at what night time lows do most people start burning? a poll might be interesting here.

(I know these answers will be very subjective based on climate, house construction, efficiency of primary heat source, type of woodstove, etc)
This year I am chomping at the bit to use my new setup, but I suspect due to the efficiency of my heat pump, and improved woodstove draft in cold weather, in the long run it will probably make more sense for me to use heat pump during shoulder season, and save the woodstove for Dec through Feb.
For us the threshold is in the low 40's. The heatpump can handle down to 25º, but we like the wood heat.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,177
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
out of curiosity, at what night time lows do most people start burning? a poll might be interesting here.

(I know these answers will be very subjective based on climate, house construction, efficiency of primary heat source, type of woodstove, etc)
This year I am chomping at the bit to use my new setup, but I suspect due to the efficiency of my heat pump, and improved woodstove draft in cold weather, in the long run it will probably make more sense for me to use heat pump during shoulder season, and save the woodstove for Dec through Feb.

I don't consider what the outdoor temperature is. If it's cold inside then we heat the home. This might be the difference between part time furnace people and full time wood heat people.

There are places that have wild swings in temperature from day to night and then some that don't have such big swings so the lowest temperature reached overnight is not very relevant when determining the heating needs of a home.

Yes, we saw 30 degrees yesterday morning. Frosty pumpkins for sure!
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,611
Long Island NY
If it's below 35-40 outside day AND night, I use the stove. My heat pump goes well to 17 F or so, but I don't like to hear it defrost, so below 35 outside is a problem.

The bigger problem is when it's below 35 at night but 50 during the day. Because my stove is in the basement, it takes some time to heat the main floor. Burning only at night does not make a lot of sense then.

So, in fall I tend to use the heat pump a bit more, but when I see I have enough wood for the season in March I'll burn more with the stove when the daytime temps are already a bit higher.
 
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kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
5,975
07462
I personally dont mind cool nights and waking up to a cooler house in the AM, its when the house doesnt warm back up that I light the fire. I'm looking at this weekend here, Saturday night will be rain w/ the cold front and Sunday will be a breezy northwest wind with temps in the upper 50's and then lows in the upper 30's, that might trigger the first fire of the season, which means I better make sure I have yingling lager in the fridge cause I always drink a few of those when doing the first light up of the season.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,470
North Eastern MA
The weatherman just said we have had the 5th warmest October on record so far with even warmer weather on the way.
Normally I would be very bummed it was so warm this late in the year but it's perfect weather for painting the outside of my house. This Summer would have been awful for painting, it was miserably humid with constant rain.
 
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Gearhead660

Minister of Fire
Dec 20, 2018
694
Southern WI
I personally dont mind cool nights and waking up to a cooler house in the AM, its when the house doesnt warm back up that I light the fire. I'm looking at this weekend here, Saturday night will be rain w/ the cold front and Sunday will be a breezy northwest wind with temps in the upper 50's and then lows in the upper 30's, that might trigger the first fire of the season, which means I better make sure I have yingling lager in the fridge cause I always drink a few of those when doing the first light up of the season.
You make the drive to PA to get the Yingling or do they sell it in other states now?
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
1,423
Colorado
i am going to buy some of my cans of lager too to get ready for the cold and don't forget the hot chocolate and especially baby marshmellows you can put on top of a large cup and add your favorite ingredients to it..This makes you feel warm...Cold is coming...clancey
 
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,611
Long Island NY

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
5,975
07462
You make the drive to PA to get the Yingling or do they sell it in other states now?
Tristate local for the past 15yrs, they keep expanding out, but with glass and can shortfalls things may change
 
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MrCool1

Member
Oct 6, 2021
41
OR
we heat only with wood - and this house is pretty drafty - I used to wait until close to freezing at night, except when it does that and stays in the 50's daytime I tend to keep it going all day. I don't know why I hate to let it go out. seems like in the past it was always just before halloween.
I have been burning since last Wednesday, I think. wife wants a fire once the house is down to 71 - where I am just getting comfortable!
so Hawaiian shirts and shorts all winter for me! at least if inside. lots of rain and fog, so I just have burned smaller fires all day.
we got our first frost Tuesday morning this week.
and always firewater for the first fire.
the air police just opened up outside burning - so tomorrow I will be burning ladder fuel limbs outside, and probably NOT be burning in the house. will likely hear about that when J gets home!
 

Gearhead660

Minister of Fire
Dec 20, 2018
694
Southern WI
Tristate local for the past 15yrs, they keep expanding out, but with glass and can shortfalls things may change
I had a coworker who grew up over that way. He brought some back with him after a trip to the parent's. Good stuff.
 

fbelec

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
3,058
Massachusetts
as fire_man said it's still warm here so it won't be until it gets down to mid thirtys for a nightly fire. looks like november at these temps. today 77 tomorrow the same. it's even been to warm for the fireplace during patriots games:(