Have you started turning on the heat or burnt wood in the stove already?

@mermaidivy (15417)
United States
October 2, 2009 7:46am CST
The fall has arrived already... temperature has dropped way down, it feels like winter all in sudden; couple trees were cut down in the summer for the stove this coming winter so we can have a warm house. I have started to burn woods in the stove last week already, it makes the house really warm, we just got the stove in the summer so I thought it is interesting! So how's the weather like where you live? What do you do to make your house warm in the winter?
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
4 Oct 09
Well, been all day with space heater running a few feet away from me. My utilities are included in rent and landlord has not turned my heat on yet - even after saying something to his wife yesterday about how cold it has been :( sweats, couple blankets, and heater all I have for now :(
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Stay warm in the winter!!!
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• United States
4 Oct 09
I am trying to fight it. It got down to freezing here last night, but I managed to keep warm with a couple blankets and a cat curled up. I won't be able to hold out much longer. Then I will start using the wood stove. I feel like it is going to be a very cold winter coming.
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I hope not... I hate winter... I always turn on the gas stove and heat in the winter, cannot stand the cold at all...
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@kprofgames (3018)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I have yet to turn on the furnace, but have a space heater for a bit. It is an energy efficient one and the electricy bill only goes up about 30 a month when I use it. I have a propane furnance and saving as much propane as possible because I understand this will be a long cold winter. During the week it isn't too bad in the house, but when the weekends roll around I bake a lot and my oven is busy with cakes or a slow cooked roast to keep the kitchen warm and that fuzzy fresh baked feeling in the house. I know in another month the furnace will have to be turned on, but I use what I can to keep the house as warm as possible. It's an older house but very well insolated. The windows are the down fall, but during some really bad winters have put cardboard in the lower half of the windows to help insolate them and keep the kids rooms warmer. I'm replace one window at a time so in another 3 years will have all them replaced.
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I like to leave the oven open after baking in the winter, it keeps the kitchen the dinning room area warm for a while :-)
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
3 Oct 09
We live in Australia and we are leaving winter behind and we are into spring now and we are waiting for it to warm up because it is unusually cold for this time of year at the moment. Our seasons are opposite to yours you are heading towards winter and we are heading towards summer, bring it on!
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
It always sounds so interesting to me that you guys have hot Christmas!
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
3 Oct 09
Hi Ivy. No, I haven't turned on the heat or burned wood in the stove yet, though it is definitely getting cooler out. My family and I are very fortunate this winter. We got about a cord of wood from someone my husband knows a few months ago and all for free! So, we should have it made this year, at least when it comes to heating up the house with the old wood stove. Because we usually resort to using portable heaters and hiding away in our rooms so that we don't have to worry about heating up the entire house with the central heating, which my husband (or was it his late dad) disabled anyway as the last thing we need is a whompin' electric bill! Happy mylotting! Stay warm!
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I only started to burn the woods for couple days but the woods are burning so quick... hopefully the trees that we took down last summer will be enough for this winter!
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• United States
3 Oct 09
I don't have a wood burning stove, but I do have 3 fireplaces in my home. I just moved here a month ago and I am so looking forward to being able to burn wood this winter for warmth. The house I was in last winter had a gas fire place and the problems with that was the bill was so high you didn't want to turn it on. And then we had several days where we didn't have any electricity because of snow and ice and we couldn't even use the fireplace because you need electric to get the gas going. So this year I am ready for the fireplace. I have a good supply of wood all stocked up. So bring on the cold weather I will just snuggle up on the couch with my dog infront of the fire
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
hehe I like to lay down close to the fireplace with my dog too :-)
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@Ithink (10673)
• United States
2 Oct 09
We started out outside wood furnace the other night. Fall and this cold weather just seemed to hit without warning this year! One day it was nice and then the next it hit the 40's at night. Im so not looking forward to winter. It has been raining and grey out just about non-stop and now in the 40's at night and if we are lucky hits mid 50's during the day.
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I'm not looking forward to the winter either...
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
4 Oct 09
I have turned on the heat...for a couple weeks now every once in a while but last night it froze and for some reason my furnace would not kick in at all...soooo i called the furnace dude and he came and fixed it today. I usually plastic the windows, put foam in one of the doors, make sure any of the holes for wiring for tv etc are all foamed up again and order propane! Its always cold in the winter.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I hate the winter, fortunately, we have things like that to keep us warm...
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
5 Oct 09
When they work they work when its broke its cold!
• United States
2 Oct 09
I am in Virginia. It started getting cooler in the evenings. I already started bringing out my blanket and wearing long sleeve shirts. During the day, the weather flunctuates. On some days it is 70's, others in the sixties. But we get a lot of rain and storm in this area. To make my house warm in the winter, I use my fireplace on some days and use the regular heat and drink hot tea or chocolate.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I took out the blanket for bed already too but we still don't need the heat to sleep yet.
@DCLehnsherr (1042)
2 Oct 09
Hi Mermaidivy, I have started to have the heating on as well. We have got into the really wet and overcast weather here in England now, with the chill wind that sneaks up on you even in the sun. A few days I have gone outside ready to sunbathe only to be driven back inside by a biting wind! Last night and a few of the other nights this week I have put the heating on in the morning and the evening for an hour each time. I use it to give the house a warm boost while I wake up or settle down, the rest of the time the temperature has been acceptable, but the mornings have been freezing!! All the best and I like the sound of your stove. I would love one of those lol! Dranz
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I have both gas stove and fire stove, the fire stove is really cheap, all you need is stove and wood, gas stove one is quite pricy, but it does a pretty job keeping you warm.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
2 Oct 09
The weather here is rainy and starting to get cold. It is wonderful fall weather but for me it's icky. I just hate the rain. Thankfully though, the heat has only needed to be turned on a couple of times though. Usually at my home away from college we use a wood stove. We've used a wood stove my whole life. That is until I hit colege. Then we had central heating. I was in love with it! Now that I'm living with my partner in an apartment, I still have central heat and enjoy it.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I like to have heat winter for sure especially the fireplace, I don't look forward to the winter though...
• United States
2 Oct 09
We've had to turn the heat on quite a few times the past couple of days because the weather has definitely gotten cooler and in the middle of the night, the house gets pretty chilly so we do have to use the heat occasionally. We haven't had it on for too long yet but I'm sure that'll come in time.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Yea... especially the night time, a big difference.
@jugsjugs (13045)
2 Oct 09
It is now getting cold of an evening,i am thinking of turning on the heating but at the moment it is not too bad to want it on.As long as the children are warm thats all that matters to me.I tend to keep all the doors and windows shut to keep my house warm.When i use my oven to cook i leave the oven door open after i have finished with it that then warms the kitchen up.If that fails then i turn the central heating on.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Yea... I like to use the oven more in the winter, I just leave it open after cooking to let the heat release, make the house nice and warm for a while :-)
@coldmoon (1092)
• France
2 Oct 09
It's still hot in my region, even I can go swimming at the beach. As usual it will turn cold in mid October, at that time I'll turn on the heat. The heat system of my house runs by gaz.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Lucky you... I'm really jealous
@realan (520)
• United States
2 Oct 09
Hi! I haven't turned on the heat yet, but I have been tempted. The nights have gotten very cold all of a sudden. But, I'm holding out a little longer, as it's only the beggining of October. We have oil heating in my house and we also occasionally use the fireplace. It's wonderful to sit by the fireplace in the winter. Hopefully, it won't get any colder for awhile. Stay warm!
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Yea.. it is really nice to sit close to the fireplace, keeps you really nice and warm!
• United States
2 Oct 09
well we bought a fixer upper house that was built in 1950, and since we have been living here we have been doing some remodeling and updating things in the house.. like the carpet, and the walls were torn down and we put in insulation.. and then of course we have the heater/furnace that we will run.. we are considering getting a gas stove that you just turn on a switch, but those can be costly and we are on a budget. its great you have a fire burning stove --that helps keep those heating bills down. Stay warm and happy mylotting!!
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
We have a gas stove too on the first floor, yes, gas is very expensive but it is really warm warm, you just need to turn on the gas and the fan will blow out the heat. It is a good way to keep you warm but you are righ, it is very costy...
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
2 Oct 09
Hi Ivy, it's still hot out here though we did have a few cold days, but mostly the fan is still on all the time. When the cold does hit which I really hope won't be till the new year I will be most inadequately prepared as both the electic heating and the oil heating could be too pricey too run. It could be a case of wooly hats indoors with hot water bottles and quilts, not an inviting prospect at all.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Lucky you! I wish it was still hot here... it is getting colder here already :-\
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
9 Jun 10
Hi, mermaidivy. Well right now, it is very hot now. It is in the late 80s. And sometimes 90 degrees here. I live in an apartment, and I have Central Heating. I just will turn this on auto so that our apartment can warm up. I love feeling the warm heat. I have never had to chop up any wood. About, 4 years ago, my father-in-law used to do this all of the time. I used to live with him then, and I did not like the smell of this burning wood heater.
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
17 Nov 09
It is summer all year round where I am from. The occasional rain brings about much welcomed relieve from the humid heat from time to time. It must be really nice to have your own stove and fire going in the middle of a cold season. And with some thick clothes and a mug of hot chocolate, it is beautiful!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Nov 09
We've been having a lot of rain but it's also been getting much cooler. I was surprised that we made it through October without snow. It isn't far off though. We haven't started running heat yet but it won't be long till we do. Mostly we just keep the windows closed and it stays decent inside. [b]!!Happy Turkey Day!! ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]