When’s your first fire?

ChadMc

Member
Dec 12, 2019
89
Bucks County PA
This may be the dumbest question ever but I’ve been staring at my wood shed and stove all summer and it’s that time of year to start getting ready haha. We’ve had some cool nights and the wife and kids always say “let’s start a fire”! Obviously it’s too early, but what’s your sign for starting it up??? My parents heated with wood for as long as I can remember and my dad would always say have enough wood ready to burn wood so on a chilly October day you can have a fire and not worry about your supply in the spring. I have plenty of seasoned wood and I do love the stove. I do not love a 100Deg house though ha!
 

BIGChrisNH

Minister of Fire
Dec 16, 2015
512
New Hampshire
I’ve started in late September before. It’s been getting down in the low 40s at night here honestly I could be having a fire at night and in the morning now. But I’ll wait until October. Plus I still need to sweep.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
974
Palmyra, WI
what’s your sign for starting it up
If the furnace needs to run more than 10min to bump the temps to a comfort level.
Also, if the living room stat is below 70, it's cloudy, night, no incoming solar, it's time. At that point the house is cool enough to set up some cool convection currents to keep from overheating the place. This next week nights will be in the 40s - probably enough to cool things off enough - but plenty of sunshine as well, we'll see.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,441
Northern NH
If you have dry wood and its chilly, have at it. Just start with small splits and do not fill the firebox. Obviously the smaller stove the better. A former college professor claimed that if you were serious abut burning wood you should have two stoves, a small one for shoulder season and large one for winter.

BTW its been 34 degrees in the AM a couple of times in the last week. I have minisplit and long before I run the boiler the minisplit is going to be covering shoulder season.
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
5,049
07462
I'll do my first entry fire the first day we have a misty rain and its only 50deg outside, usually occurs sometime in the first two weeks of October, its a whole ritual for me actually, I even have a certain beer I drink while doing it, Shipyard Pumpkin Spice.
 

orlkc

Member
Nov 9, 2017
31
Eastern MA
Just did the first break-in fire for the season since it's forecast to be down in the 30s this weekend. Several weeks early this year, usually not until October sometime.
 

TradEddie

Minister of Fire
Jan 24, 2012
885
SE PA
Unless it's below 50F and likely to stay that way for at least 4-6 hours, there's not much point in lighting my stove.
a) It's a total PITA to start and run my stove with the poor draft at temperatures above 50F.
b} Even with a top-down starter quarter load, the stovetop temperatures required for a clean burn means my stove room will overheat before the load burns down.

Around here, that point happens some time in early October. This being 2020 however...

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marty319

Member
Nov 17, 2014
72
Belair mb
Couple small fires so far temp in the 40s .trying to break in the new osburn.not good draft in this warmer weather.also waiting to pick up my nickle door insert from dealer.
 

ChadMc

Member
Dec 12, 2019
89
Bucks County PA
I'll do my first entry fire the first day we have a misty rain and its only 50deg outside, usually occurs sometime in the first two weeks of October, its a whole ritual for me actually, I even have a certain beer I drink while doing it, Shipyard Pumpkin Spice.
Sounds like your dialed in. Even with the beer. Love it!
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
83,687
South Puget Sound, WA
Last year we started burning in late October. It depends on fall temps. It has been getting later in the past decade. Now we let the heat pump carry the load until temps drop into the mid-40s unless we want a nighttime chill chaser.
 

PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
699
MA
Some time in October. Moved to MA in 2003. Earliest first fire was September 30 in 2012. Latest first fire was November 24 in 2017. Usual first fire has been October 16 to the end of the month.
 

Zack R

Feeling the Heat
Sep 27, 2017
406
Sisters, OR
flic.kr
Usually the last week of September here, once the night time temps drop below freezing and the daytime temps don't go above 45-50F. The last fire of the year this year was June 8, however its usually in early May.
 

fvhowler

Member
May 4, 2018
42
Heart of NC
For heating purposes...November. For recreation purposes...anytime the mood strikes. Still have some maintenance to do on the stove to get ready for burn season.
 
Feb 2, 2020
128
Madison, WI
Normally I would start burning in October, both just short fires that burn out overnight as well as starting 24/7 burning. However I have started burning this year this month! Just small fires that I let burn out. Weather wise my criteria is pretty much any day where temps are anywhere in the 50's and night time lows are at least 45 or cooler. Sometimes a 60 something degree day can have night temps in the low 40's (as we'll be seeing around here tomorrow through Sat) so there'll be fires this week. Cloudy, rainy days this time of year may get an automatic fire depending on the temps and what direction the wind is coming from.
 

ChadMc

Member
Dec 12, 2019
89
Bucks County PA
The mornings have been chilly in the house. Still not enough for a fire but pretty damn close. Last winter the heater only kicked on maybe a dozen times. I have better wood and a lot more this year and my goal is for the heater to never turn on. BTW as I’m typing this I’m on the deck drinking a beer staring at the wood shed!!
 

PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
699
MA
... Still have some maintenance to do on the stove to get ready for burn season.
Me, too. Planned on cleaning it after the burn season earlier this year. That didn't happen. :)
 

ajayabb

Member
Dec 10, 2017
68
Moorestown
I fired up the VC for the first time this week but I just put the fireplace cover over the front since it’s not that cold yet I still have to sweep mine too
 

buc74

Member
Oct 16, 2012
95
Fort Atkinson, WI
Started a fire last Saturday night after 150 miles of atving in the rain. I did end up opening a couple windows sometime during night though. I believe the low was only like 47.