Coffee 2-25-2012

Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:46 am

Good morning! Coffee is hot, join us for a cup? Maybe a poached egg on toast with a link or two of sausage will kick off our day. Going to need some energy to clear the snow that fell during the night...still is falling. A monster storm! Biggest of the year so far. Man-o-man, it's been coming down all night & now I'll bet there's darn near two inches out there! Yowza! <chuckle> Mother Nature hasn't had much punch this year. Fine by me! The AA continues to limp along, easily keeping us comfy. It's SO nice to not care that fuel oil is at stupid prices, other than it affects... (effects?) Yaaa, so shoot me. I'm pretty good with English but that one always get's me.....the price of coal delivery.

I had a cute phone call yesterday. Caller ID shows "Unknown". The voice says "I'm calling about your credit card but need to verify who I am talking to". OK. They ask "What is your phone #?" I replied "It's the one you just dialed, but I'll play your game on this one, and I told them my phone number. He then asks for my birth date & I refuse. "Oh, sir, you must tell me! We need to talk about your credit card". I said "Ahhh, no, no I don't must. You called me and are a complete stranger to me. I am not giving you info that you do not know.". He asks me to hold for his supervisor. The super comes on & we go through about the same thing. The super said "I apologize for the person before me. I have other ways to verify without your birthday. Please tell me your mothers maiden name". I burst out laughing. I told him "You do realize that you called me and that you are a total stranger to me. If you are legitimately the bank and I DO give you my mothers maiden name you should drop me as a customer because I'm sure you don't want complete idiots as customers". He said "Well, sir, nobody has ever refused before." I was still laughing at him. He then asked "Can you call the number that's on the back of your credit card and speak to any agent that answers?" I said, "Finally you are making sense. I can do that". So... a little light bulb comes on over my head. I have been totally wrapped up in work the last two weeks.... I went to my desk & looked through my bills, my credit card payment was 3 days late! Oh, crap. I jumped on line, made a transfer (faster then a payment). I waited 20 minutes & phoned the number on the card. I said "I've been busy the last couple of weeks and today I opened the mail that came during that period. I noticed the payment was over due so I made a payment, but thought I'd call to make sure there was no problem. I expressed surprise that they don't give a whole month to pay like they used to. I was informed all was OK, but there was a $30 late fee. "Oh no!" I said "That's a problem!". He said "Blah blah blah, and we'll remove the fee". And that's how it's done in the state of Maine. LOL

Enjoy the weekend. I just heard the snow plow go by. Time to snow blow.
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: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: jkabdoors On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:18 am

Good Morning Fred Breakfast sounds good snow does not and besides what are you doing up so early? Have a great weekend my freind Jeff
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:05 am

It's 27 degrees outside, the wind is howling, and there is an inch of snow on the ground. The zones are calling and the coal boiler is happily obliging. Sounds like a good morning for the wife and I to splurge and have one of my speciality mushroom, onion, and cheese omelettes. Oh, and lots of coffee.
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:56 am

Up early? Gosh, I slept til 4!

Fun in the neighborhood. Sister in law comes over yesterday & asks if Joe the next door neighbor is home. I said, no & asked why. She had a live chicken, a hen, that needed a home. Joe has a dozen hens that lays eggs. I told her to go over, knock, if no one was home, toss the hen into the coop. She did. I get a phone call 2 hours later. Joe's better half had gone to feed the chickens & counted three times to make sure... "Joe! Joe! There's an extra chicken!". I denied knowing anything, but he could tell. I was yanking his leg as best I could. "Don't you know that chickens have a strong survival of the species instinct. They will hide an egg and hatch it while you're not looking". He says "It's full grown!!" I replied "I've heard of it happening.... they''ll hide it for a long time, sometimes they even pull feathers out of it's neck when they jerk it out of sight when they hear you coming". (I knew it was missing feathers). He wasn't buying it LOL. All in good fun.

The snow has stopped. 32.9 degrees.
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: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:31 am

Good morning all,

No snow around here. We hit 70* yesterday but have dropped back to a seasonable forecast of 50*. The weather people are telling us not to look for any additional wintery weather but I think we'll probably see a few isolated cold snaps.

Off to bee class this morning. I think I'm finally over the crud that's been co-existing in my body the last few weeks. I certainly hope so. Not much on the schedule so this afternoon if it's not too windy I'm going to continue dismantling what used to be the kids' tree platform. By dismantling I mean taking a bow saw to it just as close to the hardware as I can get. I don't want to spend the time to take out all those screws! It served it purpose and now the wood will move on to other projects, like a stand for my bee hive and the posts for a hammock.

I hope all is well in your homes this day. Take care, Lisa
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:35 am

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freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:43 am

Mornin all. Good choice Freddy, haven't had poached for a long time. Hmmm, outstanding coffee as usual my friend. Snowin & blowin on the hill this AM. Gonna help a friend out doing the foundation & parking lot work for a new Dollar General a few towns away. He's got some nice machines I get to play with. Got some David Alan Coe CD's for entertainment. Hell, this ones a little nicer then the old Allis WD 45 :clap: toothy Have a good week end PSSS--update, did I mention this machine has a lap top in it-- :shock:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:52 am

Good morning. Breakfast sounds great - I just threw some "Jimmy Dean" in the pan and eggs are up next. We finally got a few inches of snow! For a minute I thought I might have to get the plow truck ready...then I went to get the paper and realized it was hardly worth plowing.


It is 32 degrees right now and pretty breezy...supposed to get cold this afternoon and have -10 windchills tonight. I will give the stoker a few drops of oil and "batten down the hatches" for another blustery night.

My 2001 Grand Marquis is back in action. The driver side exhaust manifold decided it needed to sh*t the bed a few weeks ago. The repair was certainly more than I cared to spend on the car, but I wasn't going to scrap the car for the cost of a manifold repair. It is quiet as a mouse now and I'm back to enjoying the cozy ride of a 4000lb sedan.
Rob R.
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:15 am

Holy freakin' snow Batman!!!! About a foot on the ground right now and still snowing like crazy! It's suppose to end sometime this afternoon. Weatherman said about 14" total. Biggest storm of the winter for sure. Freddy, I had some friends that were in Waterville on the I-95 last night at about 9 pm. They said that it was snowing like crazy and they could only go about 45mph. Time to go snowblow the driveway. Have a great weekend all!
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:15 am

Good Morning everyone...
Well if you are lamenting the lack of snow, you can have mine. We got 5-6" of wet, slushy snow yesterday, there was about 2" at 8am, when I headed out for my daily 'appointment' and it was drizzle and light rain on the drive.. 40 minutes later, I'm on my way back home, and the rain is now huge snowflakes.. more like snow balls,, it looked like it was snowing popcorn..
It kept up all day long, finally stopped around 5pm..
A neighbor came by and pushed my snow out of the drive, so I didn't have to go out and fire up the old Case 580ck. Gotta love good neighbors.

this morning it's a bit cooler, but still pretty warm,, maybe I'll get lucky and this stuff will be a memory by next weekend.

LOKI likes the snow, except when he's too energetic playing, and his feet slide out from under him,, and he slides on his butt for aways..he gets a silly
look, like what was that?? Silly teenager dog. still can't keep him quiet past 0730.. he's bored, and wants someone to let him out and play.. he often wants to play before he even wants to pee..

Well, lots of things on my 'list', clean up around the drive and walks with the snowshovel.

Have a nice day.

Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:29 am

Had a quik 5-6" of snow friday morning sometime. a wet heavy snow, didn't hook plow up to truck, figured it would melt as temps got up and rain. Drizzled some friday day, mixed with flurries, temp stay just above freezing. This morning its all frozen and a mess. Guess i will hook up plow and smooth down the ruts some, then spread some ash on the ice. Wind is blowing good.. that is the problem. Already thinking of spring planting,getting seed ordered and finishing equipment repairs for this years haying, but i'm not gonna work on equipment outside with that wind. Will keep getting gran sons atv put together, harness on and cleaned up, and fix and connetors on it.
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260 Boiler
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:34 am

Good Morning Everyone,
We got 3 inches of the white stuff yesterday and rain last night. Everything is ice now with high wind warnings. I hope I don't have to pull out the genny. I sure could use that toy you got there freetown. That would come in handy around here!! Well today should be quiet, my plumber is supposed to stop by to move some heat pipes that are running in a load carrying wall that' s coming out for a kitchen renovation that I've gotten myself into. The house is 12 years old and the wife wants a new kitchen. She thinks it is like magic since she married a contractor! Kitchen is going where the dining room is now and vice versa, new window remove a wall, put in a beam, brick up a block chimney, new cabinets oh and make sure we are ready by Easter!! Yea right. Have a good weekend all, I know I will.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:14 am

Good morning back rock burners.

Freddy, I thought you were supposed to get more snow this storm. More like what Bob was getting up north. Maybe the snowmobilers will be happier now !!!

I'll be missing the snowmobile trip up your way this year. Too much for me with the move and getting the shop running at this new location. That and trying to get the employees up to speed so they can run the shop while I'm gone. 2 of the crew are leaving this Tuesday while the rest of the working stiffs cannot leave until next weekend.

One good thing about this winter is the overall lower enregy bills for everyone. Even us coalburners. And every little bit helps.

Lisa I saw it also got to 77 yesterday in Salisbury, MD........Almost time to think about salt water fishing again.

Looks like old Freetown gets to relive his childhood playing in the sandbox. Enjoy that nice machine you got there. I hope the heater is working this AM. I always liked when my brother in law would bring home toys like that for the weekend. I'd have piles of dirt all over the place......Move it once, then move it later in the day, and then finally spread it out on Sunday before the machine went back on the trailer. Permits, who needs permits to dig holes ??? It is nice when you just have fields around your property and no neighbors close by.....

Back to buffing a hood so this car can get delivered today, then home to relax.

Rick 386
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:16 am

No snow here, thank God. Just 3/4" of rain - I can live with that. I don't own a working sled anymore - just a '71 Arctic Cat Cheetah with a 400 Kawi engine. She's a little rough ...

Nice Cat Fred! I want to see wheelie videos! :D

Finally broke out the cannon last week.Been sitting in my parents TV room for years, unused. My ol' man just gave it to me last year, so it's high time we test her out! :woot: :punk:

I know nothing about it except that it was made in Spain, and has a brass coating - found that out after a BB chipped the coating at the muzzle. Bore is 3/4" - about the same as a 12 ga with an improved cylinder choke. Worked our way up to 300 grains of powder with a handful of BB's. As usual, the vid quality sucks - can't even see the cannon flying backward at about 20mph after it went off, nor the 100 holes in the sheet metal. :lol:

Also as usual, LANGUAGE WARNING for my potty mouth. :angel:

Here's the Cheetah. I'll ride with you Rick! LOL!!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee 2-25-2012

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:29 am

‘Morning. Today started out dark and overcast then just like that everything is white. Snow showers are in the forecast but no real accumulation. I am loving this global warming so much that I will be burning a pile of tires in celebration.

Poached eggs sounded good but I opted for Eggs Benedict so there is extra sausage for someone.

Good job with the credit card company Freddy. A few years ago I must have had a brain fart or two and I sent my check to the credit card company and must have not signed it. The next statement showed a payment credited then payment removed, a bounced check fee and a late charge fee. I called to protest but they only wanted to forgive one of the fees so they were made history at that time. My policy with the credit card companies is you get one free screw and then we are through and we were through after that. The funny thing is I forgot to sign a check for either the electric bill or phone bill, I can’t remember which, and they retuned the check to me with a note to kindly sign my check and return it to them but you see the credit card companies have a compelling interest in not doing this for you.

Hey Freetown, nice pictures but posing for the camera does not translate to getting the job done unless you’re working for GQ, let’s get some mud on the tires, OK.

NWBuilder wrote:The house is 12 years old and the wife wants a new kitchen. She thinks it is like magic since she married a contractor! Kitchen is going where the dining room is now and vice versa, new window remove a wall, put in a beam, brick up a block chimney, new cabinets oh and make sure we are ready by Easter!!

In person I would have to bite my tongue until you saw blood coming out of the corners of my mouth but since this is an internet forum I will have to break my fingers…ouch!

Shooting a cannon in Massachusetts? Why do I think SMITTY is going to jail?
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County