When’s your first fire?


Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
SW Missoura
I lit the stove off for the first time last night.....it was 31 when I left the house this morning and we had our first frost on the ground. I could have justified lighting up last week or so. It got down in the low forties.....but I thought it was a good time to make sure the heat pump was in order and working so i went with that.


Feb 6, 2019
Had a few overnight fires over these past 2 weeks, today I decided to put the wood rack back in the house and load it. Looking back I did the same this time last year. Looks like back to overnight fires consistently judging by the forecast


Jan 11, 2010
Central CT
Maybe tomorrow night. Nighttime Temps will be dropping into the 30’s. Dave T.


Feb 12, 2014
Fredericksburg, VA
It’s going to be 37 tonight, but close to 80 by mid week. Holding off still till November. After the two day cold spell this weekend, the ten day shows temps in the upper sixties to seventies with lows in the mid forties. As long as I can keep the wife and kids at bay, I’ll hold off.

That will also give me time to do some maintenance. I’m going to replace the door gasket for the first time and also replace the catalyst.
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Minister of Fire
Dec 12, 2015
Long Island, NY
It's real simple with a BK. House hits 65, fire. No worries about overheating or underheating with the thermostat. I can burn when it's 60° if I want to.

We never used to run that way with our smoke dragons- we'd get another blanket or a jacket if it wasn't time to fire up the stove yet. I guess you get soft as you get old!
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New Member
Aug 27, 2019
First fire of the year was last night. Needed to have one as the stove is in my otherwise unheated hunting cabin and the plumbing was not yet winterized. We spent the night toasty warm and this am I drained the water lines, blew them out along with the drains and added antifreeze to the drains. The stove ran great, after I got it rolling. I had a couple false starts when I shut the door fully or cut the air too low prior to the fire being ready. Once the secondary's lit she ran a stove top temp 500-600 degrees. I loaded 3 splits of oak about midnight and had coals that would have relight more splits had I wanted to at 7 this am. We had ice on the deck this morning , so I'm glad we got up there and warmed the place up and shut down the water system. I'm still learning just how to best run this stove (my first) but my draft concerns are pretty well gone now that I have well seasoned wood. Looking forward to being warm this deer season !


Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
Cold today and tonight. Going to warm up again starting tomorrow.

Nan went to her parents, so I am home alone. Don't feel like having a single fire. Made homemade mushroom and garlic pizza for dinner. 425 F oven threw some heat in the kitchen when done.

Frost advisory tonight. Have to go help set up outdoor church service first thing tomorrow morning. Hope they move the service indoors soon.

Saddle Mander

Sep 20, 2013
Northern NJ
This year? Not sure. We are probably putting the house on the market in the next few weeks so we may decide to keep the stove all clean and pretty until someone signs a contract.


Feeling the Heat
We lit our first fire in mid September. We've been burning daily for the last 2 weeks now. I'm almost at the point where we'll be burning steady, we've already burnt a face cord this fall in the stove. It's supposed to hit -20c (-4f) here tonight.


Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA
Woke up the giant from its slumber yesterday.
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Feeling the Heat
Feb 26, 2019
Visit the daughter, SIL, and granddaughter and got to enjoy a first fire of the season. The 32 year old Osburn is still going strong.
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Feeling the Heat
Nov 4, 2008
Long Island
It's going to be in the 30's tomorrow morning, but I forgot to top cover, and the remnants of whatever tropical storm soaked everything. <>


Aug 30, 2009
SE Ohio
Lit mine for the first time this evening. It’s going to Drop to 29 tonight. I’ve been putting it off but they filled my propane tank today. When they leave that invoice on the door it always gets me in the mood to start the stove. I’m hoping to get by with only one tank of propane this winter.