Okay. It’s objectively cold in here. Even by my standards. We’re edged up to what is, on historical average, the coldest week of the year here, and the past few mornings have been in the 0-5ºF range (-18 to -15C) outside. The morning kitchen temps have been around 43ºF/6ºC. Once the fire gets going, the downstairs gets into the 50’s. But the bedroom probably hasn’t seen 50 in a week or more.
People keep asking me what quality of “overnight burn” we’re able to achieve with our wood stove– this is a popular topic of discussion among wood burning people. (Example: “You get a good overnight burn with that Vermont Castings at your camp?” “Yeah, pretty good. I top-load ‘er to the brim just before bed, get ‘er roaring, then damp ‘er down all the way and she’s good for seven, eight hours.”) However, we haven’t bothered to find out the answer yet. Generally we’ve stopped putting wood on the fire by 7 or 8pm, or when the temps get to the low 60’s, whichever comes first. So by bedtime, it’s pretty much burned down to coals, and by morning, it’s a big iron icecube. We could load four or five logs in just before bed, but really, what’s the point of heating a house while all the inhabitants are unconscious?