Hope Your All Prepared for the Cold Spell.

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Lightning
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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 7:18 pm

@Stan - I only run the pellet stove for a couple days during severe cold. I work long hours and don't want the coal furnace to loose temp on a long hard burn. It's not that I gotta burn pellets lol. Wife and kids will be home all day tomorrow. School has been cancelled already! :o

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Stanb999
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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 7:23 pm

Lightning wrote:@Stan - I only run the pellet stove for a couple days during severe cold. I work long hours and don't want the coal furnace to loose temp on a long hard burn. It's not that I gotta burn pellets lol. Wife and kids will be home all day tomorrow. School has been cancelled already! :o
I figured as much. Plus it's good not to over tax any one system if you don't have to.

Tell em to be safe. It's gonna be brutal.

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Lightning
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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 7:27 pm

Stanb999 wrote:Tell em to be safe. It's gonna be brutal.
Will do! Thanks partner :D
and a good coal burning to all!

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lowfog01
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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 7:37 pm

We're all ready here. I've been bringing one bag of coal in every time I pass the pile for the last couple of days. The only difference I'll make is I'll switch over to range coal in the Mark II. No changes to the Mark I.

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 8:26 pm

Ready as I can be here.
The Clayton 1600 is humming along fine with the Bit coal. -8 degrees outside, 75 inside even in this drafty old house.

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Rob R.
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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 8:28 pm

EarthWindandFire wrote:The other day I had my coal stove, two kerosene heaters and an electric heater all working to heat the house.
Don't you have an oil furnace and/or Hitzer in the cellar?

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 8:31 pm

-5 in my neck of the woods at the moment with 35 mph winds. Supposed to get down to -12 before the night is over. Even opening the spinner knobs up a turn, the ol beat up stove isn't keeping up heating the 3,000+ sq ft 110 year old farm house. Been listening to the dreaded proPAIN furnace come on about once every half hour. First I've heard it come on since it was inspected :) Only 68 in here at the moment... Guessing it's time to get out that old bottle of white lightening and chase mommy around the house.

Wheelo

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 9:13 pm

In Harrisburg area, it was 34* at 2:30 pm, dropped to 28* by 5:00 pm, now 16* at 9:00 pm, calling for 0* by 6:00 am Tuesday.

My DS circulator is running at about 475* top temp with MPD almost fully closed. I'll adjust the thermo control up a bit before bedtime.

Our "heat pump" (btw, has there ever been a mechanical device with a more grossly inaccurate name??? :x ) has been cycling on and off every 10 minutes or so for the last two hours, thanks to our very poorly sealed house. I expect it'll be running nearly full time when the temps hit 0, but even then there will be no backup "toaster" heating running. Electric meter spins like a buzz saw when those starting kicking in.

We're very fortunate around here...the cold snap is only supposed to last about 36 hours.

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 9:18 pm

MarkV wrote:In Harrisburg area, it was 34* at 2:30 pm, dropped to 28* by 5:00 pm, now 16* at 9:00 pm, calling for 0* by 6:00 am Tuesday.

My DS circulator is running at about 475* top temp with MPD almost fully closed. I'll adjust the thermo control up a bit before bedtime.

Our "heat pump" (btw, has there ever been a mechanical device with a more grossly inaccurate name??? :x ) has been cycling on and off every 10 minutes or so for the last two hours, thanks to our very poorly sealed house. I expect it'll be running nearly full time when the temps hit 0, but even then there will be no backup "toaster" heating running. Electric meter spins like a buzz saw when those starting kicking in.

We're very fortunate around here...the cold snap is only supposed to last about 36 hours.
At the temperature you have now (16) and falling, you should turn the heat pump thermostat to emergency heat. In regular heat mode I can't believe the compressor is sending you any heat. You're only getting heat from the auxilairy strip heater. Better to not waste the juice that the compressor is using and send it the the second strip heater. (emergency heat).

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 9:27 pm

I've burned about 90 bags since the beginning of November, and I've got about 150 bags left in the basement, so hopefully that'll be enough for the next couple of months, at least until the end of March!

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 9:36 pm

... Got coal ......."T" shirt

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 10:06 pm

We doing fine here with a -10* right now,the 983 is at 610*(never had to run it that hot before but I haven't seen temps this cold since I got it),and a warm almost 76* upstairs :D.Take care. Keepaeyeonit
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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 10:10 pm

It is only 7° here in upstate with what feels like 30-40 mph winds. The Kineo is keeping pace very well and not even over 400° on the barrel yet.

Stay safe everyone, it may be warm in your house but if you have to go out there is ice under most of that new snow.

Randy

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 10:27 pm

Furnace is pulling 450* house is at 70* heating 1950 sq ft ranch style.
-15 right now on bit coal got to love it.

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Post Mon. Jan. 06, 2014 10:29 pm

I am so jealous right now.... :)
Someday I'll own a blue ladies appliance....... sigh.

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