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blacknoir 06-12-2009 08:16 PM

Winter Usage
I'm curious how many people use their outdoor fireplaces in the winter? To me, sitting outside by a fire and cooking a pizza in the WFO sounds awesome..

Even a lunchtime pizza party with everyone snuggled around the fire while the pizza's cook might be fun on a cold day. Makes me want to be sure my fireplace radiates as much heat as possible!


krosskraft 06-14-2009 06:46 AM

Re: Winter Usage
I don't know about you guys up North, but down here I don't even start using my oven until September......then go all winter until May. Winter is my favorite time for the oven!!!!

texassourdough 06-14-2009 07:50 AM

Re: Winter Usage
I am right with krosskraft! I am shut down for the summer (unless a cold front happens by and that is totally unlikely. Just too hot until well after dusk. This is when we down south lust after a cool evening!

blacknoir 06-14-2009 08:01 AM

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;) I used to live in Arizona and still visit my mom on occasion down there so I know what you're talking about..

But, I should have apparently been a bit more specific and stated I was curious what those who actually see snow more then once every 20 years do.. within 2 borders of Canada even..

Chef 06-14-2009 08:05 AM

Re: Winter Usage
We are here in the northeast and ues it all year round. We just bring the heat up more slowly in the winter!!

Wiley 06-14-2009 09:55 AM

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After Thanksgiving this past year I basically closed up my WFO for the winter. Not every year but every few years we see snow. Here are some photos of last winters snow. At my age the idea of sitting around a blazing campfire while it is snowing is somewhat less appealing than in my youth; rather to sit around the fireplace inside with steaming cup of cider or whatever.

Things have changed in layout: the canvas awning is removed and replaced with an aluminum pavilion. Getting up during the night and beating the snow off the canvas got old very quickly.

How much use my WFO gets in upcoming winters has yet to be decided.


blacknoir 06-14-2009 12:55 PM

Re: Winter Usage
Wiley, nice barn house.. I've always wanted something like that with a timber frame. I also see you're a fellow hot tubber.. ;)

WJW 07-30-2013 08:48 PM

Re: Winter Usage
Unless it's raining...we use it year round.

But sometimes if it's a really cold in February... one of the girls will pull a sweat shirt on over her bikini top. :p


mrchipster 07-31-2013 04:51 AM

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Year round, the oven does not retain heat as well when it is -15F. We had a pizza party on New Year's Eve and it was -5F when we did the pizza as I recall.

Keep cooking.

davemartin88 07-31-2013 04:59 AM

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We have an outdoor fire pit that we use all winter unless it's actually snowing or raining- we're in the process of building a covered patio with a fireplace and separate oven so we're hoping to be able to use both all winter except on the coldest days. We also have a hot tub and the colder outside the better!

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