Hotblast Year 6

 
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Post by larryfoster » Tue. Sep. 17, 2019 9:03 am

Chilly mornings are coming unless we have global warming this year.
I'm still trying to find a downside to that.

Sitting here now with a pretty full coal bin and not enough wood to start the winter.

Circumstances have kept me away from the chainsaw.
At 69 I'm not as nimble and don't feel comfortable venturing out to the woodlot by myself.
My helpers are sort of available on weekends but I was called out of retirement and work/on call for 48 hours at a clip then.

I stopped burning early last year (late February) because I had sinus problems. Guessed it was the dry air.
Got a portable "whole house) humidifier and that didn't help.
In retrospect, I don't think it was the coal burning.

Since I'm going into my 6th year with this, I think I'll have a chimney inspection before I start

New windows and siding on the house the last couple years and just had my ducts cleaned for the first time ever (60+ years).

Even with all the issues I've had from the beginning, if winter has to come, it's great feeling the toasty warmth from a coal fire.

I've concluded that I don't save much money but I'm no longer a hostage to the commodity markets.

It's good to be back.

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Post by freetown fred » Tue. Sep. 17, 2019 11:23 am

Damn L, you're a young pup!!! LOL I'll swap, ya a few cut off toes for those sinus problems!!! Double LOL Yep, don't figure coal aggravated those sinus problems. Glad to hear from ya. :)

 
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Post by larryfoster » Tue. Sep. 17, 2019 12:26 pm

Fred, I may not be older than you but probably fatter and uglier.

Good to see you, again

 
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Post by warminmn » Tue. Sep. 17, 2019 12:32 pm

I look forward to reading about your annual adventure yearly. Its a learning experience and entertaining. good luck this year!

 
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Post by larryfoster » Tue. Sep. 17, 2019 12:39 pm

Thanks, warminmn.

While it is helpful in my learning, hopefully, it may help someone else.

If there's some entertainment, too, then that's good

 
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Post by Lightning » Wed. Sep. 18, 2019 1:29 pm

Good to see ya around Larry. After 8 years of heating with the Clayton, it went to the scrap yard today. I found an AA boiler to replace it. It'll be a fun filled winter for sure :lol:

 
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Post by larryfoster » Wed. Sep. 18, 2019 1:38 pm

Whole new experience, Lee

 
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Post by larryfoster » Tue. Oct. 29, 2019 6:58 am

Looking like it's time to fire in a couple days.
With highs in the 40s to low 50s and lows in the 30s, I'll start early this year.

Ugh!

While I have a good bit of coal already on hand, I'm getting 3 more tons next week and hoping that will get me through the winter.
That's about all I can hold.

Through all of the years here, I don't think I've learned how to regulate the heat very well.

What I mean is how to not be too hot when the temps aren't real low like we will be having starting this weekend.

Talk soon

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Post by larryfoster » Thu. Oct. 31, 2019 12:35 pm

Looks like tomorrow's the day.

I was looking at manometer probes and saw this:

Dwyer Portable Static Pr Tip, A-303, For 3/16" Plastic/Rubber Tubing, 4" (101 mm) Insertion Depth

I have been using a piece of small copper tubing.
Will this work?

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Post by freetown fred » Thu. Oct. 31, 2019 1:24 pm

YEP-------------------

 
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Post by larryfoster » Thu. Oct. 31, 2019 2:20 pm

I'll have Amazon put it on their gitty up
Thanks Fred

 
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Post by larryfoster » Fri. Nov. 01, 2019 9:55 am

We have fire.

Have to admit the fire feels good today.
House was chilly yesterday with the winds and dropping temps.

 
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Post by corey » Fri. Nov. 01, 2019 10:48 am

larryfoster wrote:
Tue. Oct. 29, 2019 6:58 am
Looking like it's time to fire in a couple days.
With highs in the 40s to low 50s and lows in the 30s, I'll start early this year.

Ugh!

While I have a good bit of coal already on hand, I'm getting 3 more tons next week and hoping that will get me through the winter.
That's about all I can hold.

Through all of the years here, I don't think I've learned how to regulate the heat very well.

What I mean is how to not be too hot when the temps aren't real low like we will be having starting this weekend.

Talk soon
Hey Larry hope all is well.

I am in same boat here bit seems tough to tame without me getting soot webs on low fire lol.

 
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Other Heating: Propane Kerosene

Post by larryfoster » Fri. Nov. 01, 2019 12:29 pm

Hey, corey.

First fire of the year brings optimism that every burn will be just the right burn.
Not too hot or cold. Just perfectly comfortable.

Kind of like spring training in baseball gives everyone hope that this year your team will win the World Series
(Unless you're a Pittsburgh Pirate fan.)

 
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Post by larryfoster » Tue. Dec. 24, 2019 1:17 pm

Merry Christmas.

Stay warm.

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