I wish we were cooler, every time the temps rise, the bugs come back out. Our springs have changed too, we usually go from winter to spring and just skip spring.It's surprising you're so warm, I'd expect it to almost always be colder up where you are. We hit upper 30's last night, now back up to 45F at 3 hours past sunrise.
Your west coast hemlock must be different density from ours in the east. Using my eastern hemlock I will have zero hot coals once the cat enters the not active zone. I use hemlock a lot especially in shoulder season, can go a week or more without having to empty the stove.Overnight temps have been in the high 40s for a few days, with daytimes in the mid 50s. Didn't reload the stove yesterday, planning to clean out the ash and install an Auber flue thermometer. This morning, about 40 hours after the last load (hemlock), the cat has been inactive since last night. Still found more hot coals than I wanted to put in the ash bucket. Waiting a few more hours.