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

MTASH

Member
Dec 24, 2018
53
Montana
I would be burning today if I could, supposed to be 9F tonight. But I'm still running on propane until my chimney liner shows up. :mad:
 

blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,296
WI, Leroy
had up couple fires to chase chill and damp out, was 41 this morning outside , got up to apx 65+ today but It is likely less than that inside at home as it was about 62F inside when I left this morning. Biggest problem is more rain (a lot) none of my fuel is covered . too much wind just rips anything off .
 

lindnova

Feeling the Heat
Nov 15, 2013
364
SE Minnesota
I lit a small fire in the wood stove last friday. Plan to light up the outdoor furnace this Friday as it is supposed to be in the 30's for lows all next week.

about 10 cords of wood stacked and ready to go in the shed and by the furnace. After the early fall last year I have been ready for almost a month now to start burning.
 

vtwoodheater

Burning Hunk
Nov 1, 2015
147
central VT
Hopefully not until December. Going to see how well these minisplits perform. Haven't been able t find any real world data, going to collect my own.
 

WiscWoody

Minister of Fire
had up couple fires to chase chill and damp out, was 41 this morning outside , got up to apx 65+ today but It is likely less than that inside at home as it was about 62F inside when I left this morning. Biggest problem is more rain (a lot) none of my fuel is covered . too much wind just rips anything off .
I use Menards canvas tarps on my racked wood then I make cement filled cans with a hook in them to weigh down the tarps. It works pretty good. Yes we’ve gotten a lot of rain here, we set the annual precipitation record on the 1st. It broke 2016’s record and the runner up year last year. It stinks....:(
 

Grizzerbear

New Member
Feb 12, 2019
61
SW Missouri
had up couple fires to chase chill and damp out, was 41 this morning outside , got up to apx 65+ today but It is likely less than that inside at home as it was about 62F inside when I left this morning. Biggest problem is more rain (a lot) none of my fuel is covered . too much wind just rips anything off .
Another option including above post would be using old hay bailer or combine belts. I too live in a windy area....tin just doesnt work here without stacking a ton of wood on top of them....which defeats purpose of convenience for me. The belts are thick and heavy enough I dont have to weigh them down with wood. If you have a farm repair shop in local town ask if they have any. You may need two belt widths per stack depending on wood size....just overlap for water runoff. You can usually get them cheap if not free.
 

heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,446
Kirtland Ohio
I haven't yet but I'm hoping to make it a few more weeks but this weekend is calling for cooler temps with rain. So I would not be surprised if I lit the basement stove.
 

PA. Woodsman

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2007
1,986
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
The last few years Winter and burning season has come later and stayed later for me here in PA., I used to start burning in October and usually ended mid March but now it stays warmer so it isn't until early November that I start and go into April now!
 
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SuperSpy

New Member
Oct 12, 2017
74
Michigan
As soon as I need heat, I start one and keep the boiler running for the entire season. This year it was last week, when the night temperatures dropped below 40F.

It's a little earlier than I was planning this year, but it also about halves my electrical bill not running the water heaters, so I'm ok with starting a bit early.
 

HisTreeNut

Minister of Fire
Nov 3, 2014
1,004
Burnsville, NC
I haven't yet, but I am hoping not until November this year. Much of it will depend on the daytime temps & the nighttime lows. Currently, daytime is 70's and nighttime is 50's. No need yet. But more importantly the determination will be made by our CHO (Chief Heating Officer), and when the wifey starts to feel cold, we will start burning...


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Knots

Minister of Fire
Mar 13, 2013
1,171
Alfred, Maine
Soon. Supposed to be some 30's at night this week and the basement is getting dank...
 

Microduck17

Member
Dec 21, 2017
127
New Concord Ohio
I lit mine today at around 5 pm to test my blower and ducting installation. As of yet it hasn't reached the target temperature to shut off the blower (71 degF) but i have only loaded two small loads of softwoods having had one too many 2 am awakenings with sweat pouring and it being 98 degrees in the house from overdoing it on a not so chilly night. I think we are going to take out the window air conditioners tomorrow.

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firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
18,899
Unity/Bangor, Maine
I burn when I am cold or my wife is cold.

We've been cold for awhile now . . . but usually a fire in the morning or evening will suffice.
 
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ZZ Tom

Member
Feb 3, 2014
99
SL,UT
www.garnerfoto.com
Last Sunday I cleaned my chimney and stove. On Monday a sheet of ceramic fiberboard arrived. On Wednesday I cut the fiberboard to size and replaced the broken ones in the stove. As soon as I had it put together my wonderful wife asked if we could have a fire. I lit a fire Wednesday afternoon and it snowed (ever so little bit) Wednesday night. We kept the fire going till Saturday morning.