Cold Weather Settling In - Dec 2017

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Post By: Lightning » Sun. Dec. 03, 2017 4:08 pm

Here it comes, starting around Wed of next week for this neck of the woods it appears the cold is showing up, digging in and holding on with its claws. Today I finished up putting things away outside. (While I gaze out into the soon to be frozen tundra) Get your coal game faces on fellas! Here we go! Lots of single digit nighttime lows are right around the corner.

ARE YOU READY!
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Post By: Hambden Bob » Sun. Dec. 03, 2017 4:22 pm

This is what We've been training for,Lee ! By the way,nice pick,Mistah !

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Post By: tsb » Sun. Dec. 03, 2017 4:26 pm

Hope it gets cold enough to light up the Glenwood.

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Post By: coalnewbie » Sun. Dec. 03, 2017 5:42 pm

Of course you realize that weather forecasts past 48 hours are pure fiction ... Olean NY, now that's mans country and only the tough survive. Here in Chester the liberals are still playing with their solar panels.

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Post By: k-2 » Sun. Dec. 03, 2017 11:26 pm

Im ready! Got great coal this year. Can take this weather with ease.

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Post By: corey » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 12:28 am

Yep it's here they calling for a low of 22 Wednesday and 28 as a Saturday.

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Post By: lsayre » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 7:08 am

It looks like real winter starts in earnest here on December 6th. That's the day when (per the local forecast and my definition) the mean (average) temperature for the day falls below 32 degrees and stays there going forward. By December 12th I'll be burning more than 60 lbs. of anthracite per day.

Looking back at November, we had only 4 days with a mean of below 32 degrees here, and never more than 2 such days back to back.
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Post By: coaledsweat » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 7:11 am

That's my shirt!


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Post By: lincolnmania » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 7:44 am

i got 4.5 tons of coal in the bin.....the most i have ever had at once! when i lived in coal country i would get 1700 lbs at a time in my 86 toyota.i will see how well this reading stove with the coal trol can do....getting a duct from the stove to the furnace finished this week. and also cold air returns.....right now the oil furnace pulls in crawlspace and basement air. it also pulls in cold air from every nook and cranny that leaks air. no wonder my dad gave up on this place! well i will just keep fixing.....i have no credit score lol no means to move if i wanted to lol.

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Post By: freetown fred » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 8:10 am

L, I spent my first winter in this 200 yr old farm house walkin around with a BIC lighter & a caulk gun--post & beam is tough!!--I found that if you treat these old houses right--they'll treat you right!! .>)

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Post By: Rob R. » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 8:15 am

It will be interesting to see when I have to raise the setpoint of my boiler temperature. Right now it is 160 degrees and doing a fine job of heating the house.

I don't mind the cold, but I could do without the wind.

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Post By: coalkirk » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 8:43 am

Yea Rob, the wind is a game changer for sure. My house has been completely gutted and renovated including adding R13 insulation to the walls, R30 tot he attic. What I did not do was take the time and effort to seal it up at the time like is done in new homes. Consequently when the wind blows heat loss is significant. New home code requires every seam in a stud bay be sealed with expanding foam. That is where the sheathing meets the studs, sill and top plate and every hole for wiring etc. It would have been so easy to do at the time but that was 20 years ago and it just wasn't common practice then. My neighbors home was built like that and it is amazing how little energy it takes to heat his home. air infiltration and air movement in the walls is the enemy.

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Post By: warminmn » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 9:25 am

Its supposed to hit 60 here today but near 20 the rest of the week. Im blowing it all in your direction! ;)

A "little" air infiltration isnt all bad. Besides the fresh air, its why some of these old houses havent rotted down as they can dry themselves if they leak somewhere, and they often do. More than a little and it sucks though. My house sat empty a few years before I bought it and I was pretty busy filling holes myself that first and 2nd winter. My house was built in 1874 and there are extremely few around here built before 1870, and fewer every day. The ones before that were log or rock homes.

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Post By: lincolnmania » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 9:46 am

the insulation i have is not bad here, just not completed.
on the original bungalow, the first thing my dad did was put 8" of vermiculite insulation in the attic and covered that with 5/8" plywood.
then one room at a time we ripped out the plaster and insulated the walls with r13 insulation.
the addition dad and i built in 91, it's bigger than the original house. downstairs walls are 2x6 and have r19 insulation, upstairs walls are r13, and upstairs ceiling is vaulted and almost 10 foot high in the center with r19 insulation.
no insulation in the crawl space at all. a lot of uninsulated joist ends in the basement. dad had a few insulated with chunks of foam from packaging lol.

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Post By: lsayre » Mon. Dec. 04, 2017 10:31 am

The NOAA "Climate Prediction Center" long range forecast is radically changing. Whereas their previous release had things at above normal, now they are coming around to below normal, particularly targeting Ohio.

What is worse though is that precipitation (meaning snow) is forecast to be above average, with this bullseye also hovering over Ohio.


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