I am yet another Ray.( I think that's three now) I live up in west Haverhill. Just my wife and I in a 2,500 sq ft raised ranch on two acres.
We run a Russo C-80 downstairs piped in to the fireplace. I'm burning Reading nut coal ( freakin' junk) at $295.00 a ton from Dodge grain up in Salem NH.
This is my first year heating with coal and I'm not liking the bagged coal at all. I see that Doug lives in Haverhill, maybe he can point me in the right direction for a new supplier. If I can find loose coal i'll build a bin downstairs.
We started out with a Whitfield pellet stove five years ago when oil was going through the roof.
That stove's up in the livingroom and works well for heating upstairs. Not used much at all now that I'm burning coal, but I'll hang on to it for now.
Hobbies? Well, the coal stove has definitely become a hobby! I used to flyfish A LOT and tie my own flies but I fell off the back of a lumber truck seven years ago and broke nine bones in my right wrist (right handed of course) So now I've got pretty severe arthiritis. Good excuse to buy a tractor! So now we're growing fruits and vegetables, canning, raising and breeding chickens for fresh eggs, tick control, and compost for the gardens. I hunt with a compound bow because I like the challenge and I LOVE venison!
My wife wont let me "process" any chickens because she named them and says I,d be killing our pets. I guess that would be wrong?
I've been a carpenter for 33 years now. Do everything from frame to finish, custom built-ins, mantles etc. I get the most satisfaction from doing the custom work in my shop, surrounded by power tools and letting the creative juices flow.
So in a nutshell, I'm a blue collar guy, live at the end of a gravel road, drive an eight year old Ford F350, I love my wife of 27 years ,my hound dog,my tractor and working our little piece of land to put fresh food on the table. Thats about it. Oh. and I love this website too.