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« on: December 29, 2017, 06:31:00 PM »
I live in a heat monster.  The last few days been no higher than 9 days and as low as -9 nights.  Shut all the windows tight, new and old,  and all the storms on the old ones.  I moved all the furniture away from the air ducts and the house is back up around 65 with the furnace water at 185.  I think I am burning just under a half cord a day.
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Re: last few days
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 07:44:33 PM »
Hardwood? I'm burning a quarter to a third of a cord of dry softwood slabs a day, same weather conditions.
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Re: last few days
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 07:51:24 PM »
You may have an air bubble in yoiur heat exchanger or a ad pump. Feel both lines going into your furnace and if both are cold or cool you pump in ot pumping

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Re: last few days
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 08:35:38 PM »
We're getting almost the same weather this weekend.   :-\

I have to switch to my better wood (Oak, Locust, and Hedge) to keep the house warm.  Fewer big rounds, more split and 6" stuff to have more surface area to burn faster. 

Are you talking a full cord or a face cord? 
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Re: last few days
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2017, 09:00:07 PM »
 I am in northern lower Mich and we had not had a day above 5 for the last week. Night temps are running between 0 and -15. I am burning maple fill the stove at night full next morning rake the coals down so they burn up then at noon add a couple pieces of wood until night fill up. Our house has not varied from 74 degres as that is what the thermo is set at. I run the furnace temp at 165

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Re: last few days
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 09:08:02 PM »
No one wants to hear that the rotten pine,fir,cedar,hemlock,maple,red oak,white and yellow birch is keeping my house as warm as I want.  ;D
Must have something wrong with the heaters. 
And no way am I burning a half cord of wood either a day.
The guy that installed my system said you can not hold onto copper at 180,but plastic you can.
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Re: last few days
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 09:26:44 PM »
No one wants to hear that the rotten pine,fir,cedar,hemlock,maple,red oak,white and yellow birch is keeping my house as warm as I want.  ;D
Must have something wrong with the heaters. 
And no way am I burning a half cord of wood either a day.
The guy that installed my system said you can not hold onto copper at 180,but plastic you can.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2017, 09:33:38 PM »
I went the green route.  :o Just experimenting,fir,white pine and maple. I burn less rotten wood.  ;D  Man that green wood took some wood.  :o I suppose it had to burn the moisture out of the wood to get heat??
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Re: last few days
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2017, 09:49:04 PM »
That's exactly what's going on. It takes 1 btu to heat 1 pound of water 1F. Take fifty pounds of water from 0 to 212, plus s little for phase change, and that adds up. I much prefer softwoods over hardwoods.
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Re: last few days
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2017, 09:50:03 PM »
Me thinks you are losing heat somewhere between the stove and your house.
I am burning a mixture of green wood white birch and aspen.
I have my stove set to run between 180 and 195 (cut off) and I and I might use 1/8 of a full cord in 24 hrs.
The house is between 72 and 77 degrees
The outside temperature at night has been -35 t0-40 F
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2017, 11:35:19 PM »
never saw 0 today ran a 4000 lbs pickup in the shop this morning . fan never shut off until 2 30 filled the boiler 2 times . 1 wheel barrow each time . That's extreme for me . I don't know how you could even burn a face cord a day . that would be a semi load a month .
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Re: last few days
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2017, 07:33:39 AM »
I'm burning a dozen or so dry logs per day in the woodstove. A neighbor logger was saying one or two more owb's in the neighborhood and they'll denude the county.

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Re: last few days
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2017, 08:29:03 AM »
As I said I fill mine once at night and the next morning I check it and rake the coals down so they burn up over the day. At noon I may or may not add a couple pieces just to keep going and the furnace temp never goes down much. If I added  more wood in the morning I would have so many coals that I would not have much room for the night loading I figure I am burning 1 1/2 wheel barrows load a day with as cold as it has been. Mine is all maple cut last Jan and stacked in the yard all summer. I cut it to length this fall

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Re: last few days
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2017, 08:33:37 AM »
All I can say is WOW. That kind of wood usage takes the fun out of having an OWF.  I'm wondering if those of you burning 1/2 cord (and more) a day might be losing heat somewhere, have poor insulation or maybe both?  I'm gonna bet that your houses probably don't get much sun during the day either?   I mean darn guys, that's a bunch of wood! 

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Re: last few days
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2017, 10:49:17 AM »
50 Acre Jim, I have the same boiler.  The temp right now goes between -5 and 10. I have to completely fill the firebox every 12 hours. It wouldn't be based to figure out the volume of wood I'm using.  I'm burning softwoods slabs,  which work way better than hardwood for me. When the draft opens, the slabs conned to life right away abd the temp climbs immediately. When I'm burning hardwood, the temp continues to drop until the fire rekindles, then it starts a slow climb back to temp. My house is poorly insulted. I don't have to rake the snow off the roof, it melts by itself.  :D
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Re: last few days
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 10:55:46 AM »
I took a few hours to seal up the duct work and redo the failing insulation on the hot side of our furnace.  Have had to cut back on how much I put in the firebox.  My wife had to open some windows to cool off!   ;D 

Betting I cut usage by almost half from sealing the duct to the house.  Forced air outdoor stove, not a boiler.
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 12:56:23 PM »
I live in a heat monster.  The last few days been no higher than 9 days and as low as -9 nights.  Shut all the windows tight, new and old,  and all the storms on the old ones.  I moved all the furniture away from the air ducts and the house is back up around 65 with the furnace water at 185.  I think I am burning just under a half cord a day.
I gather from your post that you are using a water-to-air HX and blowing hot air into the house.  And with all the holes you have (lack of insulation, old windows, etc.) it leaks out about as fast as you pump it in.  So yes, you're gonna be feeding that dragon until the weather warms up.  Is this the first Winter you spent with the OWF? 
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 02:33:13 PM »
50 Acre Jim, I have the same boiler.  The temp right now goes between -5 and 10. I have to completely fill the firebox every 12 hours. It wouldn't be based to figure out the volume of wood I'm using.  I'm burning softwoods slabs,  which work way better than hardwood for me. When the draft opens, the slabs conned to life right away abd the temp climbs immediately. When I'm burning hardwood, the temp continues to drop until the fire rekindles, then it starts a slow climb back to temp. My house is poorly insulted. I don't have to rake the snow off the roof, it melts by itself.  :D
Hi Dave, I haven't had much luck with softwood.  For my application it makes too much ash and I don't get enough heat out of it.   I don't think I would have the same enthusiasm for my OWF if I had to feed it 15 cords of wood a month!  Yipes!   
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Re: last few days
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2017, 02:41:25 PM »
I think you are mixing me up with the OP (Woodmills1).  I don't know what stove he has, but by his tag line I'm betting he's had it 12 years or so.   ;)

Mine is an outdoor unit that doesn't use water at all.  Insulated box that circulates air over the firebox and to the house.  Simple and has worked well for us the last 3 or 4 years.   Hasn't needed any maintenance or repair beyond chimney cleaning and looks like it will need a starting capacitor for the blower.  (The insulation and sealing was done chasing the wrong part of the problem.   ::))  Can't say much though as I got it used and it's over 30 years old.  ;D

We burn about 3.5-4.5 cord in a typical winter, but that is a mix of good wood, junk wood, and sawmill waste.  Small house, but not real well insulated.
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Re: last few days
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2017, 03:10:10 PM »
  We've been raging through wood the last couple weeks with the cold.  It's not any colder than it's ever been.  I think it's the green red oak we're burning.  It doesn't seem to dry out in the firebox like sugar maple, beech, ironwood etc. but seems to hold its moisture longer.  Maple, beech etc. is pretty well dried out and clean burning after a couple forced draft cycles.  The red oak has a smoky/steamy exhaust much longer and a longer forced draft cycle. 
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