When are you going to light your first fire for the season?

Bwhunter85

Feeling the Heat
Aug 21, 2010
252
Sunfield, MI
We have propane backup and an OWB for forced air and DHW. I normally light first fire in middle of October, I am going to try and stretch it out and not start burning until November, especially since we normally get blasted by some freak weather event later in the winter in Michigan. Polar Vortexs, Bomb Cyclones...Currently have 7 full cord stacked, will start cutting more after hunting season!
 

shortys7777

Member
Nov 15, 2017
139
Smithfield, RI
Might be sometime this week. Temps dont seem like they'll be out of the 50's for the remainder of the week. Just enough to get the chill out of the house. I turned the thermostats on Sunday just to get the chill out and make sure everything was working properly. All went well so I'll start using some pine and other scraps for the next few weeks.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,566
South Puget Sound, WA
Cold is coming in waves here. Supposed to be in the 30s tonight so we may have a fire if that happens before 8pm.
 

Rhodie

New Member
Oct 29, 2018
29
Pacific Northwest
Today! After the hail made it looked like it snowed, cats demanded it!! One teen was asking for a fire days ago when we weren’t using coats outside.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,566
South Puget Sound, WA
Today! After the hail made it looked like it snowed, cats demanded it!! One teen was asking for a fire days ago when we weren’t using coats outside.
Hail?! We are sunny and 53º in the South Sound.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,566
South Puget Sound, WA
Yep, this area is full of micro-climates. Some are dramatically different from areas just 10-15 miles away.
 
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Bwhunter85

Feeling the Heat
Aug 21, 2010
252
Sunfield, MI
Just got a line on boiler wood. Approx 13-facecord split hardwood and delivered for $800.00. I already have 7+ up for this winter, but only being able to cut on the weekends, it is sometimes hard to keep up with the beast of a conventional boiler. Comes out to just around $60/FC
 

Dabster13

New Member
Nov 27, 2018
28
CT
I had my first fire 2 days ago (this past sunday) Saturday and Sunday were cold (woke up to the house being 56 Sunday morning) and decided to just have a small fire to take the chill out.

Used my "less desirable" wood (pine for my outdoor fire pit + sticks/branches) got the house to 70 (wife was happy as she was away at her sisters Saturday night).

That's been it so far, the past few days have been quite warm (mid 70's)
 

Lakeside

Feeling the Heat
Feb 6, 2009
427
Mike's World
I am low on good dry wood maybe 2 cord. I think I will try to put off burning until X-mas and save my wood for the real cold of January and February here in Connecticut. Also burning 24/7 is easy.
 

Microduck17

Member
Dec 21, 2017
127
New Concord Ohio
I'm thinking of lighting a small fire this weekend to test my blower and ductwork upgrades. This is only the first day we haven't had any air conditioning running. So I might postpone for another week.
 

Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
2,205
Ottawa, ON
I have had 5 fires so far. Last week was damp and it felt cold. This week it is sunny, lots of solar gain. It suppose to be like this for several more days. They just called a frost warning for tonight....
Will run the NG in the morning to warm up the house while the ladies are getting ready for the day.
 

MTY

Member
Jan 9, 2019
212
Idaho
The first fire was in the Hearthstone about two weeks ago during a wet cold day. Wasps had built a nest in the chimney since I cleaned it in may. The BK was fired up tonight as it is supposed to cool off to about 30 tonight. It could be weeks until the next fire, or it could be tomorrow. The weather is pretty changeable this time of the year.
 

kyguylal

New Member
Oct 6, 2018
64
New Hampshire
had a couple night breaching the 30s so far. Had one small fire because my wife wanted to roast a marshmallow last weekend.

The pellet stove is going at nights now. Probably another couple weeks from running the wood burner full out.
 

Vikestand

Feeling the Heat
Oct 29, 2014
275
Missurah
Hopefully not for a few weeks. Consistently in the upper 60's and low 40's at night will prolly spark a few fires at night. Or atleast on the damp cool days.
 

Beer Belly

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2011
2,158
Connecticut
Cold and damp this morning, caved and lit'er up
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
10,626
Southern IN
Cold is coming in waves here. Supposed to be in the 30s tonight so we may have a fire if that happens before 8pm.
We've got a couple 40* nights coming but I don't know if I'll be able to fire up yet; Waiting on gaskets for the stove, and still haven't brushed the liner. Might have to break out the quartz heater, or make a pizza so I can fire up the oven. ==c
 

Zack R

Feeling the Heat
Sep 27, 2017
308
Sisters, OR
flic.kr
I finally have a handful of fires under my belt on the new Jotul F55. Also lit the first break in fire on the new Jotul F45 downstairs. Its 40F out right now (mid day), was 21F this morning.

Cleanest the inside of the F45 will ever be:
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First break in fire:
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Inside a brand new F55. Only complaint is the back firebrick that is not flush with the sides, makes it a bit harder to load. It holds a lot of wood.

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The F55 basking in the sun, waiting for the coals to burn down.

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