Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:00 am

Hot coffee awaits the sleepy, the smell of waffles is in the air. Come, sit, tell us of your week.
Gee, gosh, golly, where has the summer gone? We had three and a half week of "summer". Now, Hurricane Bill brought a marked change in the air. Twice this week it was in the low 40's at sunrise. Every year a hurricane brushes past us and ends summer, usually in early Oct, but this year, the year that mud season lasted until August first, the hurricane comes a month and a half early. Must be that global warming thing. ;) If this keeps up the Axeman Anderson is going to get fired up. The coal bin is full, it's just a matter of flipping some switches and lighting a match.
Hope you all have a good weekend.


Fred
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:17 am

Bucks county coffee, French roast. :) Rain today. :sick: I guess I will get a hair cut, go to Lowes and Home Depot and pick up a few things for an upcoming project and watch my once manicured field of weeds grow another foot.
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:35 am

Good Morning! Got a tall hot coffee in hand, the kids got their Ovaltine already. Life is good. Its FOGGY as all get-out, this morning. The fog is so heavy, its getting everything wet, even things that are under cover. The tractor sits under a shed roof on the side of the barn, but it looks like I hosed it down. On the rear tires, I can see where the calcium cloride level is. The calcium must be colder than the rest of the tire, and that part is 'sweating'. I guess I'm not painting outside today. Oh well, I got a couple chainsaws that need fixing. Just got my Stihl 076 all tuned up yesterday. It now runs like it did when brand new. I guess I'll work on my 066 today. You can't kill a Stihl.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice


Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: Yanche On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:58 am

Enjoying the fresh brew coffee, Wheaties and a cherry turnover here. I made a one day trip to Alternate Heating Systems with my S130 boiler on Thursday. I had a new supply tapping welded in, the "tombstone" version of the inspection port door added and an ash temperature sensing thermocouple installed. AHS has really grown since my first visit 5+ years ago. Nice new buildings with modern metal fabrication equipment. I spent quite a bit of time talking with Jeff on a wide range of heating equipment and related issues. Meet sales staff Patrick and Mike. Throughly enjoyable visit. I arrived shortly after their 7:30 AM opening and was back on my way by early afternoon. They hustled to get the job done.

Now it's my time to hustle and get it re-installed. I'll be plumbing it as a true primary-secondary system with my oil boiler and adding a way to measure delivered BTU.

Grass needs cutting but it's way to wet and it's starting to rain again. The local public water reservoir is full and the spillways are partially open. Quite a different summer from recent years when there was water rationing.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:58 am

Hi Guys,

We are half way through headache season here in the Mid-Atlantic States, thank heavens. There is only a 40% chance of thunderstorms today which means it won't rain but we'll have to deal with the haze and humidity anyway.

I was in Las Vegas this week and boy could I move there in a heart beat because of the weather and air conditions. There is no humidity but plenty of heat and haze. The city sits in a valley much like LA and unless a strong wind blows it away, the auto pollution quickly builds up. The auto pollution is much less than what I have now so I could deal with that. There are 2 problems though - 1) No ocean so no job - my husband and the primary bill payer is a navel engineer for the DON and 2) almost no fire places, wood fires are outlawed and coal is non-existent. Coal is not mentioned in the local code but you couldn't even get it locally if you wanted to and shipping it in would be cost prohibitive. Bummer - I could get used to waking up without the headache!

This morning my son and I are going to finish our coal bin - which as you know is more of a raised flowerbed next to the house to stack our our bagged coal in. It shouldn't take long. Then I'm going to retire to the safety of the AC and chill out for the rest of the day. That is my plan and I'm sticking to it. I hope you have a great day. Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:04 am

My coal bin is empty and every time I have a chance to move coal from the pile out back the ground is to soggy to do it. The 2N will sink like a brick! Guess I'll have to bring another wheel barrow full down to the house. I hope to cut the very tall grass tomorrow, supposed to dry out.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: GRinRI On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:44 am

Labor Day is around the corner. This time of year I am consumed with thoughts of waterfoul hunting on Narragansett Bay and deer hunting amongst the beeches and oaks soon to follow. Yes, I look at the Hitzer every time I pass by and I'm reminded of how the warm glow provides respite from the winter winds. I almost look forward to winter because of that curious attraction to the coal burning stove. That's when it hits me, SNOW IS COMMING. Uggh. My warm fuzzy feelings have evaporated.
Ah well, we still have coffee. Hey Freddy, how's about a little more for the road? Thanks buddy. I gotta hit the road. The mail must go through!
GRinRI
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:48 am

Ran out of blueberry beer, so I'll take a cup today Freddy! ;)

I have secured my coal for the season from a different supplier for the same money DELIVERED! That was a deal I couldn't pass up! Still paid a couple hundred more than last year for 10 less bags though... :x But I won't be making a bunch of back-and-forth trips with severely overloaded equipment. I'm hoping this stuff burns ok..... it's Blashak -- I've burned nothing but Kimmel's in the past. We shall see.

Rain, rain & more rain on tap today! :roll:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: ScubaSteve On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:19 pm

Just sittin here watching baseball... Got a beach volleyball tourny tomorrow, it will be an early night tonight for me. Its hard to believe Summer is just about over. Oh well, im ready for the fall!! bring on the cooler weather :D :D
ScubaSteve
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings Vigilant II
Stove/Furnace Model: model 2310

Re: Saturday Coffee 8-20-09

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:47 pm

Yanche, I wish I could have been a fly on your shoulder. What a fun way to spend a day.

Cold rain all day. I can't remember an August that we needed to turn on the heat, but I wasted a bit of oil today just to take the chill off. Crazy year.

Smitty, from all I've heard you'll have good things to say about the Blashak. Let us know when you start burning.

My wife went to get a hair cut today. I told her to get two so when she came home she could give me one.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined