I bought a jug of rust killer, and have to remember tomorrow to bring it in out of the garage. It's that time of year again! But the weather's acting funny again this year.
Harmon Mark II is running well in the cellar since Saturday morning. Well, almost. I let it go out last night! Too tired, I guess -- looked like there was plenty in it to me, but there were only three burining embers in the morning. Had the draft too high, I'm sure. One thing I did figure out before I started was to have some high-quality kindling, so I did the unthinkable; I picked up a pack of compressed hardwood logs at the Tractor Supply. Works slick with one match (and a couple of firestarters).
I learned that you should not put a waxed-based fake log into any closed stove, they're made for open fireplaces only. I don't suppose vapors from them are that good for you to breathe anyway.
I am so impressed with this stove, especially now that it's painted and has new glass. I broke the glass putting a new gasket on it -- needed a new one anyway. Of course I really didn't have the hundred bucks to sprare. But anyway, I only wish I had more things in my life that were as well designed, and as rugged, as the Harmon Mark II.
We ended up keeping the pellet stove, and now have a spare woodstove. I suppose that still counts as real wealth, though I'd rather trade it towards another ton of coal! I'm now wondering if I overbought getting two tons of pellets.