We had some snow last night, too. It’s pathetically clinging to the grassy surfaces.
The people who know these things are telling us to expect 7 to 10 inches over night. This time it may actually happen as the storm is coming from the southeast and that’s when we typically get whopped. Living in the Mid Atlantic states for as long as I have I’ve learned to be prepared but expect to be disappointed.
I got my barro on yesterday.
Yes, I put 3 screws at each pipe joint. No, I don’t have any pictures yet. The installation went very smoothly even though I had to get my husband involved and that usually doesn’t end well. He has his way of doing things and I have mine. I am visual and he is analytical (an engineer.) He has to have the exact tool for the project and I tend to make do with what’s on hand and just get it done. The space on my horizontal pipe was even tighter then I first thought; barely enough space for the T joint. I will have to use the barro opening to clean out the pipes in the spring after all. Bummer! It won’t be the most thorough cleaning but it will be better then nothing.
I have decided to refer to the barro as the Iron Lung because that’s what it reminds me of. It seems to be breathing for the stove. My kids all think that’s spooky but I think it makes the stove a breathing creature. How cool is that? I have to think of an appropriate name for the stove now.
Thanks for all your input – that’s why the project went so smoothly despite getting my husband involved.
I am anxious to see what difference the barro makes in my coal usage. I’m next in line to get the manometer from the forum. Last night the stove seemed to have a more steady burn and to be throwing out more heat; lots of hot coals this morning with very little ash. The stove burned 100* cooler then before while producing the same heat into the room. The stove top temperature is 150* higher then the pipe after the barro. Does that sound about right? I am keeping a log and will try to make some conclusion about the benefits about the barro over the next week or two.
Thanks again for your input. Lisa