any farmers on here?

Re: any farmers on here?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:06 am

Rob R. wrote:Hey Nosmoke, how do you guys produce hot water for the milking parlor?


We have an outside wood boiler to do that. Everyone thought it was a great idea because we got plenty of wood and its "free"...until they saw what a 40 cord hole in the woods looks like and so now we buy it. Another farmer with an even bigger farm up the road, did the same thing, but he consumes 150 cord per year. No joke. During really cold nights that outside wood boiler will go through over a cord per day! It is okay with me, I supply both farms with tree length firewood. It is almost a full time job just keeping these two farms with enough wood to burn...190 cord is a LOT of wood to cut!

My father, who has a 5000 square foot home to heat, got sick and tired of buying $4000 worth of oil a year to heat it, and so he put in a wood pellet boiler. In all these cases I was thinking, why don't you guys go with coal instead? I mean if you are going to buy wood/pellets, the cost is about the same for coal. People here do not even think of burning coal, they just keep doing what they have always done, because its all they have ever done. Sometimes it just does make sense though.
NoSmoke
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yoker WC90
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vogelzang Pot Bellied Stove
Coal Size/Type: Stove/Nut/Pea Anthracite
Other Heating: Munchkin LP Boiler (Back-up)

Re: any farmers on here?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:17 am

Just so you guys (and gals) know, I have my own separate farm, with my own separate sheep operation. I have significant acreage as well, with a large portion of it being used by our families dairy farm. But that is a separate entity though. Because we are a big family, who has been here a long time, the farm does not draw enough of an income to allow everyone in the family to work on it. That is why I have my own sheep farm and I work off-farm as a welder building US Navy Destroyers at a shipyard. But when they need extra help, I fill in operating equipment or milking cows.

That is why you see me post things like "our dairy farm", yet also see me post, "I supply them with wood". I am a part of it, but also separate from it.

As for the history of the farms; my sheep farm is a lot older and is the one that has been here since 1746, the dairy farm did come into existence until 1909.

So I recognize that my posts get confusing at times, but that is why. I am very much a part of the dairy farm, and know what is going on, but I am separate as well. I just wanted to clarify this.
NoSmoke
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yoker WC90
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vogelzang Pot Bellied Stove
Coal Size/Type: Stove/Nut/Pea Anthracite
Other Heating: Munchkin LP Boiler (Back-up)