Well, I put the last charge of coal in the Chubby this morning. I almost feel bad. Almost. Its been nearly 3 months since I put that first match to the Chubby on October 10th, 2010. A few more days and it would've been official. It still is the longest sustained fire I've ever had on one match to date; considering.
Adding this last charge of coal was easy. What wasn't is knowing that tonight I will watch the fire die. Its going to be hard tonight to not put another charge in and let it go, "Just one more day".
It may seem stupid but I've grown attached to my Coal Chubby, and the fact that I've had a fire for nearly 3 months. I never felt this way about wood. I know that in two more days I will have a larger more heaty stove, but the love for the Chubby is still present.
I think the stove knows that it is going to be put-out and replaced. Both last night and this morning I got burned. Both times by hot coals. Both times while charging the stove. I think its also trying to say, "Look, I can burn really well. I can do it." I've had an amazing fire in it since bringing the DS home and putting it smack dab in the living room almost in front of the Chubby. Its been idling at 570* - 600* and hasn't really consumed too much coal.
Its definitely going to be difficult shutting her down tonight. Its going to be extremely painful to see her sitting there Friday without the red glow in her and hearing the furnace kick on.
I just only need to look at the 1600 though, and know that by Saturday afternoon, I'll have another coal fire again that won't be put-out again until the end of March.