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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1215 on: January 03, 2014, 12:52:18 pm »
Flogging it, eh?  Hope it holds up.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1216 on: January 03, 2014, 03:02:11 pm »
Well, not really flogging it as it has a 10 cu. ft. firebox.  :yikes:   But I am having to feet and water it more than usual and I like to preempt the temperature drop. When heating with wood, it is a lousy method to wonder if the stove needs any attention because you feel chilly- if the stove has really died down and is about out of fuel, it can be a long recovery. Much better to tend it first.

These are also the times of the winter where chimney fires become an issue. A lot of casual wood burners have spent a couple of months coating the chimney with creosote, and tonight they will kick the woodstoves in the butt, put some fire into the chimney and occasionally ignite that creosote. I have only seen a couple of them, and only one that got out of the chimney and into the house and none of them were pretty. The one that caught the house on fire was particularly nasty to the people living there because the fire (in the wood of the house) has caught and is burning pretty seriously before there are any symptoms in the house; when the smoke detector(s) go off, it is because the fire has already burned through the chimney well and whatever the walls are made of and is now inside the house. They did not lose the house though, and no one was injured but still, it serves as a reminder to be vigilant. How does it go- fire is a wonderful servant but a terrible master?

By the way, it is just passing 10F and headed lower right now.

Brian

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1217 on: January 03, 2014, 06:23:06 pm »
It will probably get close to the single digits here tonight.  I hate the winter.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1218 on: January 03, 2014, 10:50:42 pm »
Me too - I love winter! Oh, wait.....

It is now officially -1.5 F and dropping. Stove loaded. Inside temp. 73 F. Going to bed and expect to wake up with a big pile of coals in the stove but probably in the high 60's / low 70's tomorrow morning.

Serious wood burners light a fire in November and let it go out in April. Really serious wood burners light one end of a giant tree on fire and just sit near it all winter, moving down the trunk as required.

Brian

It will probably get close to the single digits here tonight.  I hate the winter.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1219 on: January 04, 2014, 06:23:36 am »
Well, not really flogging it as it has a 10 cu. ft. firebox.  :yikes:   But I am having to feet and water it more than usual and I like to preempt the temperature drop. When heating with wood, it is a lousy method to wonder if the stove needs any attention because you feel chilly- if the stove has really died down and is about out of fuel, it can be a long recovery. Much better to tend it first.

These are also the times of the winter where chimney fires become an issue. A lot of casual wood burners have spent a couple of months coating the chimney with creosote, and tonight they will kick the woodstoves in the butt, put some fire into the chimney and occasionally ignite that creosote. I have only seen a couple of them, and only one that got out of the chimney and into the house and none of them were pretty. The one that caught the house on fire was particularly nasty to the people living there because the fire (in the wood of the house) has caught and is burning pretty seriously before there are any symptoms in the house; when the smoke detector(s) go off, it is because the fire has already burned through the chimney well and whatever the walls are made of and is now inside the house. They did not lose the house though, and no one was injured but still, it serves as a reminder to be vigilant. How does it go- fire is a wonderful servant but a terrible master?

By the way, it is just passing 10F and headed lower right now.

Brian

Back when we bought our house in 1986 it was heated with electric baseboard heating only. After finding out what my electric bill looked like over that first winter I decided to buy and install a nice air tight wood stove. I was able to install some ductwork and a few small volume thermostatically controlled fans up in a false ceiling that allowed the heat from the stove to reach the bedrooms and other areas of the house. I heated the house that way for around 10 years. I saved a ton of money since I had a good free source for firewood (It didn't feel free when I was cutting down trees, splitting, and hauling logs). In '96 my brother (he's in the HVAC business) and I installed a gas furnace and the associated ductwork in the house and the 'free' heat days ended. I still have the wood stove and still use it from time to time. It's fantastic to fall back on that stove for heat when/if the power goes out. Heck, you can even cook a full meal on that thing and bake bread too. 

I’ll be firing that stove up for sure on Monday when the forecast highs around here will only reach MINUS 15.    :o
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1220 on: January 04, 2014, 07:26:37 am »
When we first got married, we lived in a duplex with electric heat- it still stings now just thinking about it :-( And for the gobs of money it cost, we were always cold.

I had a great source of wood- a local pallet maker sold me the end blocks of the 4X's. But that place was lost in a fire some years ago (no one hurt though). Now I just buy cordwood. The problem with cutting your own in this area is finding a source of standing wood that isn't privately owned and restricted, or publicly owned and restricted.

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Back when we bought our house in 1986 it was heated with electric baseboard heating only. After finding out what my electric bill looked like over that first winter I decided to buy and install a nice air tight wood stove. I was able to install some ductwork and a few small volume thermostatically controlled fans up in a false ceiling that allowed the heat from the stove to reach the bedrooms and other areas of the house. I heated the house that way for around 10 years. I saved a ton of money since I had a good free source for firewood (It didn't feel free when I was cutting down trees, splitting, and hauling logs). In '96 my brother (he's in the HVAC business) and I installed a gas furnace and the associated ductwork in the house and the 'free' heat days ended. I still have the wood stove and still use it from time to time. It's fantastic to fall back on that stove for heat when/if the power goes out. Heck, you can even cook a full meal on that thing and bake bread too. 

I’ll be firing that stove up for sure on Monday when the forecast highs around here will only reach MINUS 15.    :o
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1221 on: January 07, 2014, 07:19:54 pm »
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1222 on: January 07, 2014, 09:09:27 pm »


I thought you were going to say the mechanics address and phone number!

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1223 on: January 08, 2014, 04:11:45 am »
There's lots of old Ford trucks still on the road as are Chevys and Dodges.  I haven't heard anything particularly negative about any of them.  I don't think I would own a GMC or Chevy truck, though, as I'm just not a fan of GM.  Nothing to do with how they are made.  Just don't like the brand that much.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1224 on: January 08, 2014, 08:00:19 pm »
Nothing wrong with Chevrolets.  My wife likes hers.


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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1225 on: January 13, 2014, 11:48:17 am »
So to answer the burning question of whether deer, or members of the deer family are Kosher or not the answer is...... sorta', kinda' but not likely. Not being Jewish myself, it has never posed a problem but hey, it crosses one's mind on occasion, right?

The animal and its products are, in fact, Kosher. The rule is: any land animal that chews its cud and has cloven hoofs is Kosher. So any member of the deer family is A-OK for Jewish people to eat without fear of a smiting, or being 'smote' which while I am not entirely sure what it is simply cannot be good. Also good to know for us non- Jewish folks sitting close to Jewish people eating a big ole' helping of venison 'cause really, how far does a smiting reach and could we possibly get some on us in the event....?

But wait: just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water for another big helping of moose, something else gets in the way. There are other aspects in Kashrut law that could bite one in the heinie, so to speak. The method of animal slaughter is also quite specific and very much a requirement; that method is to slice the neck through the major blood pathways with a single, painless cut. The animal dies quickly without pain or shock, both of which must be avoided. And therein lies the problem: most members of the deer family that end up available as meat are shot, which is absolutely outside the bounds of OK! So, while the animal itself is Kosher and fine to consume, one cannot consume an animal that was not killed properly!

Oy Vei, look at all the rules! It really is tough to be Jewish I guess.

Next time on "Name that religion", a quick look into why Jehovah's Witnesses will not accept any blood products, including a transfusion.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1226 on: January 13, 2014, 11:52:58 am »
Well, that takes a big bull elk out of the question.  This means Mr Elkhoof isn't kosher :o

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1227 on: January 13, 2014, 01:59:39 pm »
Ah but he is! He is kosher, but kashrut law was not followed to kill him so he remains kosher but uneatable.... for those who follow Jewish dietary laws at least. I, on the other hand, would be free to snack on him without fear of retribution..... other than the probable botulism and definite self- loathing I would end up with.

And 'illegal' methods of death include death from natural causes as well as any form of traumatic death.... there goes anything you find on the side of the road or in the woods too.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1228 on: January 13, 2014, 02:12:31 pm »
So, what you are hinting at is I start using a straight razor for the kill?  Sharpest thing in the house for sure ;D

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #1229 on: January 13, 2014, 02:42:26 pm »
Well, that would work.... but you are going to have to wear slippers to sneak up on the game so you don't get it worried....

Brian

So, what you are hinting at is I start using a straight razor for the kill?  Sharpest thing in the house for sure ;D
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