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Roll on the Floor Flooring

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..well, we opted for a quicker solution to finishing the floor. We know we are going to do tile but in the meantime we picked up some vinyl flooring in the meantime. With the rest of the place near complete we want a final version..at least until we finalize it. It being the season for people popping in we has a neighbor drop by with a guitar to play and some canned caribou (and a bottle of whiskey to wash it down) which we cooked up as per his instructions with boiled potato…very tasty! Does caribou give you a headache the next morning?

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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Construction, cookstove, entertainment, food

 

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3 Hour Swing

In temperature..not a swing like a tire swing. Trying to capture some info on my highly technical gear. Below 0 most of the day and we are still burning softwood..want to see the difference it makes on a similar weather day when burning hardwood. The pictures are 1st – hometime, 2nd – outside, 3rd – inside after 3 hours. The upper 3 are c and the lower are f ( for those (me included) who are f to c ignant. Yes I spelled ignorant wrong. Hehe.

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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in cookstove, heat

 

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..so that’s where I put the stapler.

..lost the stapler a month or so ago..right around the last time I cleaned the stove and pipes…oh, there it is right underneath the wire brush in the box. So simple (as I grit me teeth). Once the brushing was done I could not find the thin attachment for the shop-vac to get in the very back of the stove so I had to improvise with some pex tubing. Creosote buildup was minimal but I am not taking chances and I also wanted to time the operation while doing it solo. 1:10 with fabrication time..I think we can get it down to under 1/2 hour, although 4 ft of snow on the roof does tend to slow things down so I should not get too confident, hehe..

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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in cookstove, todo

 

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Handmedowns

..birthday time! Not really big on gifts but Ma has some heirloom pieces from when she grew up and she gave me the cast iron humidifier. No, heirloom does not mean we can plant it and the kettle will grow a kettle tree or anything..Mom grew up using this as her mother had..funny thing about the humidifier/kettle..I once saw my grandmother pour a beer in it that my father was trying to get her to drink (she does not drink the devils ale) when I was 10..ah the memories..

The bellows I am considering it a gift but I liberated it from my brother last year..it was our bellows growing up and he ended up with it and did not use it. I did ask him but he had it as decoration and I wanted to use it. I wonder how many fires I started with this bellows growing up? The bellows ia getting fairly ratty so I might look to get some work done to it or try my hand myself (but this is one project I would not want to ruin).

Oh, and we repositioned the panels temporarily too until I grab some longer wire for the array to the charge controller. The tree shadows are worse than I thought and are the root cause of the battery issues. We moved them about 30 feet out but need 40 more and I want some thicker gauge wiring to go with it at the same time in preparation for more panels. With the sun issues one silver lining is that we now know where ALL of the solar panels will be installed next year on a pole mount system.

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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in cookstove, heat, power

 

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Full Bore Winter Cooking

Not a boar, sorry. We are back in full winter cooking mode as the bbq goes unused. Tonight is quiche. Using softwood trees/logs we cut last summer for now then when we switch over to hardwood sometime in December we will reclean the pipes..and create a new ash pile or oak barrel..we want to try to make some soap and I was reading of how you can use hardwood ash and rainwater to make lye so we might check it out if we can find a barrel. But for now the ecofan cruises along blowing hot air with homegrown heat..I need to get this temperature up though for the quiche…

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image we never usually take after shots as we generally savage the food once out of the oven..a quiche looks better without a bite taken out of the side.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Construction, cookstove, heat

 

This is That

..no this radio is not that cookstove griddle cornbread as per the pictures. ‘This is That’ is a radio show on CBC radio on Saturday mornings..since I started listening to it I tune in weekly for the comedic interviews that border on reality..really funny and deserves a plug. So does ‘Wiretap with Jonathan Goldstein’ while I am on the subject. If you get satellite radio or cbc1 check them out. While we listen we bake some cornbread for breakfast..a great way to have morning coffee.

‘The Debators’ is good too for radio but the tv show is too produced.

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in cookstove, fun

 

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Final Stove Prep for Burning

..darg. ok wood burning season is here..no need to deny it any longer..so today A* and I set to cleaning out the stove, pipe and choppping wood..the 3rd p is for pro. Anyway, up on. The ladder I went..we try to do this regularly so we can do it all in about 1/2 hour. Off with the exterior stove top and in with the sweep brush…vigourously plunge the entire pipe length for 5 minutes..remove and replace the cap. Then A* removes the inside access for the pipe soot..shop-vac until clean…replace access cover…the end…and then we light it up..

Now we get to burn some of the crappier wood until the real cold weather hits! I must admit..it is nice to have a working oven again..I put some potatoes in there to bake in july and they still were not done!

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image A* felt it prudent to make sure the oven still worked by baking up a batch of brownies..nice.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Construction, cookstove, heat

 

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