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Comparisons are never fair..

Spent the night at my sisters place last night..5 months ago she got a woodstove installed..wow it is a beauty. It can take some massive logs too which is really nice. We love the cookstove but not having to feed the stove constantly is nice..plus we need to resplit most log pieces to get them into our little cookstove..and this stove PUMPS out the heat as well..shocking really. I have woodstove envy now. image

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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in heat

 

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Weekly Wood

Every weekend we have a chore to do..make sure we have enough wood for the week to assure we do not have to trek out to the master wood pile to grab a load. We have been using our cookstove since Nov 1 but last week was the first week we had to dip into the wood that we bought 2 years ago. For the last 2.5 months we had been using wood that I chopped down and chunked into 16inch lengths.. We had it stored under tarps so for the last 2 months we would grab the wheel barrel, bring it over to the ‘splitting area’ and I would have at it with a 10lb maul. A maul is basically a wood splitting axe..but its not really sharp. Mauls are duller and are really designed to transfer the energy of the maul into the splitting action, not to dig into it. It would take around and hour and a half to transfer, split and load the wood into our ‘pre-house’ location on our front deck. That is also how I totalled the nail on my finger late last year. As I mentioned, we reached the end of wood from the trees I chopped down. These days it takes 1/2 as long..some pieces still need to be split as they are too big for the tiny firebox on the cookstove but truthfully I don’t mind chopping wood. Great exercise and it really makes me feel like a strong-man at a carnival when I swing the maul and split a 16inch diameter log into 2 pieces. Its is also night and day when you split a properly dried piece of wood vs. a wet piece. These days if I take a swing at its too wet I just put it aside and move on..if it won’t split it usually does not burn well either so its a double waste of time.

..I need a new tire..

2 weeks worth of wood gone from a 5 month supply

pre house storage for easy inside loading

We also store at least a years worth at a time. ( but we usually have enough chunked for 2 years). The first year A* and I were in we only got 2 cords and ran out in Feb…and had to have it unloaded from the delivery truck 1km away, transfer it into our truck, transfer it to our place, unload it then stack it..in -10c weather. Needless to say we never want to repeat this!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in heat, Purchases, todo

 

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Wood Burning Disco Inferno

Don’t get your hopes up..disco is not back…nor is there an inferno…but we do have woodstove heat! A* had some late work to do so I came home and started up the first fire of the year..I am always a little apprehensive the first time I light a fire after a long hiatus…did I do a good job cleaning the chiminy this summer..is everything sealed back up, do these pants make my bum look fat..you know. As soon as the fire roars up and the eco-fan starts turning all of that angst goes up the flue with the smoke..I love wood stoves! As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago we had been using the propane heater to keep it warm and it got to 21C if the conditions were good and we did not go in and outside too much. Well,  when I started the fire it was 12C in the house. WIthin 3 hours it was 25C..NICE! As an added bonus I also brought home a pizza and threw it in the oven of the cookstove..it does not cook as rapidly as a regular stove..but when it comes out it is SOOO good.

Here is to a new season of heat, pizze, bread and prosperity..and safety of course!

 
 

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Wood Stove Prep Work

Well, we are only a day away from November..October really has been spooktacular hasn’t it?

Only 1 day away from the official woodstove season and we still need to do some prep work on the stove. The gaskets ( rope ) had been really loose at the end of last woodstove season so last week A* bout some new gaskets with adhesive. We had a halloween party and I am a little under the weather so A* decided to tackle the gasket. First thing you need is to determine what size gasket you need for your particular stove..we went with a 5/8 gasket since its a small stove and that is what the instruction manual told us to get…but that was SOOOOO last week. Today A* cleaned out the old gaskets and adhesive with a wire brush. Then she applied the new adhesive and waited 5 minutes for it to set. Next thing I knew she was cutting the gasket on the second door..and was done. the whole job took 10 minutes..Why can’t I get those jobs!..in this case I know why..and it had something to do with a zombie costume and bunch of beer and a peppering of jack daniels and diet pepsi.

After a couple of hours I poured myself off the sofa and attempted to fix a loose handle that made opening the front door impossible. I had to take off a piece of the dood to get access to the latch..but once again, 10 minutes later I was all done..it actually took me longer to find the proper drill bit then it did to do all the work. I think this might also mean that I need to oranize my shed before I put a motorcycle and scooter in there for the winter!

Bring on the burning wood!

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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October is Getting Cold

..OK so its the 3rd week of october the frost is now a recurring theme. Earlier in the month when we had our first frost we lost all of our tomatoes and cucumbers that we had left..We have a household standing rule..no wood stove until November. In previous years we sometimes used a kerosene heater to keep the place warm(er) but this year we have opted to use the propane heater. Last year we might have used the propane 4-5 times for the year and with that usage and our propane instanteous water heater we only used $20 worth of propane ( we have around $800 worth in 2 tanks ) so we thought we would have enough wiggle room to allow us to splurge a little. With the temperature outside at 3C the inside is 21C..nice. Don’t worry..we do have batteries in the carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector.

Looking forward to next month when we get the woodstove going…wood heat is so nice and since we use the cookstove for baking we can also start making bread and having pizza and such..not a minute too soon as I am running out of things to BBQ.

Yes, my back is still in terrible shape..booking an appointement with a doctor in a day or 2 so I can get a doctors note and then get into a chiropractor..if that is spelled right.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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