LsFarm wrote:OK Chris,, time for another update !!
How is the reflector working, how well is it holding together?
How much snow did you get up north of Chicago??
Amazingly the reflector is still holding up! I'm impressed. I've not noticed a big difference with it installed, but it does seem to help. Mostly I think I'm getting better clinkers - I'm pulling all the ash out as clinker now. Part of it is just the learning curve, too. A few times I've thought there was too much loose ash so I shoveled some out only to not have any clinkers for a few days until it built up again. It just stabilizes at a certain level and that's that, I guess.
Hard to say how much snow because either the ground is almost bare or it's a 6 foot drift! I'd say an easy 14" to 16" of it, and the wind has been howling at 30+ knots since 6pm last night. My work is closed today, they even called it yesterday before we left. Roads closed, nobody is out. Everything is pretty much shut down. It's possible that this is THE biggest snow storm to have ever hit Rockford, IL - the largest being a bit over 16". No doubt some areas got 20" or more.
I've got a 3 or 4 foot drift between the house and the garage that I need to knock down so I can check the boiler. I was at least smart enough to fill the hopper to capacity and leave two 5 gal. buckets full next to it before this mess hit. Tonight is supposed to be -15 to -19 degrees! Better add an extra dose of PowerService so I don't end up with diesel Jell-O on the way to work tomorrow.