200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This Winter It's Warmer
On the far left of the mantel, you can see that I've put my indoor thermometer to check how warm it's been getting above the stove. What I'm getting is 75 degrees there, and 65 degrees across the room at the sofa. This is a psychologically important 7 degrees warmer than it got at all last winter. (Last winter, the warmest I EVER got the inside of this room was 58 degrees!) Outside temperature this morning was 17 degrees and the inside temps are maintaining at 65-ish at the sofa. So all the work I did to tighten the house worked! Woo hoo! Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!
If I put this temperature gage on the floor, it'd be colder of course, because heat rises. The Lehman's holiday catalog (thanks Chicken Mama for the suggestion!) has some heat-powered fans that sit on the stove and will move the hot air from above the woodstove, but they're spendy (to use a west coast term). I think I'll research options for evening out the heat across the room. I'm so thrilled that there's heat to even out!!
On the left side of this picture, you can see the single most useful thing I've bought in the last year, the hand truck. I went through most of last winter carrying wood in by armloads. Us woodstove people know that an armload of wood will get you a few hours at most, so it was a pain. I bought the hand truck in February and it holds several days worth of wood. It takes two hand truck-loads to fill the round thing near the wall. With that full, and a full hand truck here, I can get through an entire week without carrying wood. What a difference that made!