Yes Rob is north and it gets colder were he is because of the winds. So how cold did it get for you Rob? I did buy 4 bags of Kimmel nut just to try it out. A lot of fines but guess it will have to do for now. The wife is liking the heat but I think its because the floor is warmer on the feet!!
Until the lake freezes over we are usually a few degrees warmer than the surrounding area. 26F this morning with a NW breeze.
If your bride is happy you are on the right track. Don't be tempted to dump the ash pan into a different container in the basement...unless you want to explain the fine layer of ash on everything upstairs. Handle the ashes very carefully and carry them outside before dumping. I know that sounds like common sense, but you might be surprised how many have made that mistake.