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  1. Czed

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    Here's my 89 year old farmer neighbors
    Work. 20181217_164431.jpg 20181217_164628.jpg 20191027_160021.jpg he's never heard of hinge wood apparently
    Luckily he switched to propane heat this year.
     
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    Been through about 2 cords. I actually moved a cord on Christmas Eve with my son and my dad. I thought I was going to be short this year I have probably 2-3 cords left. I have only burned 1/2 tank of oil. It is my hot water too. I have been relying on the oil more when it’s mild.

    I am grateful because I couldn’t take another 2019 winter.
     
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    Been a mild one here so far (south central PA). I’ve been burning primarily shag bark hickory and white oak. Man this sbh puts out the BTU’s! If I had to guess, I’d say I’m at about 3 cords. Typical is 6 for the season. I’ve actually been using my shoulder season wood in the evenings because we don’t need the heat. Had a bunch of poplar and pine properly seasoned and it’s been helping to save the good stuff.
     
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    He has a neat sign 20181126_144442.jpg
     
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    Its been pretty mild here in NE Ohio. Im about half way through my second cord of ash and my only heat source is woodburners (1 in the house and 1 in the garage). I keep the garage heated most of the time through the winter. Makes life easier out there when everything is warm. I've enjoyed the warmer winter season but the major drawback is the woods are nothing but a wet soupy pudding mess instead of being somewhat frozen. My 4wd tractor barely makes it around back there and there's a few spots you don't dare drive in.
     
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    I keep hearing the mention of “shoulder wood” or “shoulder season wood”. Can you explain? I’ve never heard the term locally.
     
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    Here in East TN, it has been crazy. Very few COLD days, but we have been burning some most days. Usually use it to get the shop a little warmer and the moisture out of the air. The dampness makes it feel 10 times colder. I have been burning some in the house on chilly days/nights, but nothing like normal.
     
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    Should season is basically when it's too hot for a fire during the day and too cold at night to not have one. You're not looking for outright BTU's or long long burn times. Usually burn the undesirable wood during this time. For me it typically is silver maple, poplar and pine if I have any.
     
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    -27* F here this morning I have burned about 9 1/2 cord so far this winter. We have ass loads of snow as well!
     
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    Minus 27? Wow.

    Quick blast of cold forecast here for tomorrow night. Forecast to see 1°. But it's just a one night hit. Teens tonight and Sat night.
     
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    I had been reading that for years and had no clue what it meant. Thought it might mean pole wood around 5-6 inch diameter where you could carry a 6 ft length "on your shoulder". Finally admitted I was never going to catch on, so I asked. Explanation was something about both ends of a bell curve, hence the shoulder terminology. Really? Decided I now liked it even less and wasn't going to follow the group on that one.

    So, I've stuck with simply saying "early" and "late" season. Having fires when the temps are milder and you need some heat, but round-the-clock burning isn't necessary. Makes a lot more sense to me. :)
     
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    Locally it means any wood that doesn't have a btu rating.
    It season's and dried very fast
    And is ready to burn as you cut it.
    Unlike denser wood that has to season before burning.
     
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    60* here
    Short sleeve weather.
     
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    -17 here this morning, noticably warmer!
     
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    I've burned far less than normal here. I'm actually trying to run completely out, and then clean up the area where I keep my wood. I wanna build some racks so that I can keep the firewood in the barn on, then pick one up with my tractor and bring it to the house as needed. Either that, or I'm going to build a wood shed. A change is coming though.
     
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    Suns on its way up and the temp is dropping!
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    Its been a Yr without snow so far here for me in the south UK.
    I do see snow when some other parts in the south have none due to being 850 ft up in a hilly district.
    Plenty of rainy cold months with some cutting winds that pull the heat out of a place more than still cold will do.

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    This...is this stoves first proper season and its bigger than the one I took out ....The old one had no secondary burn.
    This stove has become the main heat for my small house and is more or less in the middle of the place.
    I have another stove in the Tv room if it gets colder along with a solid fuel range cooker in the kitchen that at the moment im doing without. I guess on 2 -1/2 ton used overall since Oct 2019 and now.
    Honest ...I do sometimes get snow !! :D
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    March 2018
     
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    I've also heard it called gopher wood, since as soon as you put it on the fire you need to go fer more of it. But my favorite term for softwood like that is "biscuit wood". It's from when people cooked with wood and you wanted a quick hot fire to warm up the stove for baking biscuits, but didn't want a lasting coal bed that would make the house too warm.
     
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