Coffee 4-21-12

Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:11 am

Come in, join us. The aroma of fresh coffee fills the air. Lot's of work to get done today so I'm thinking a good ol' heart clogging breakfast is the only thing that will give us the calories we need. Bacon, fried eggs, toast with real butter and homemade raspberry jelly. There's plenty for everyone.

This weeks wonderful sunshine made the grass grow. Tis time to mow it for the first time this year. I see a few daffodils have bloomed. Finally Spring is here.

Here's a cute one.... My wife & sister in law raise goats. (Not my thing, but for hobby & fun, they are better than sheep.) A few babies were born recently. Yesterday just after Marty headed to work I heard screaming from the pasture. I looked out the back door to check things out. I hear "Maaa! Maaa! Maaa!" non stop from a little goat voice. I can not see where the distressed thing is as the coal bin blocks my view. All the other goats are in a giant arc about 75 feet away, all staring at the source of the noise. I have a gut feeling what has happened. I put down my coffee & walked out. Sure enough, here's this little one with his head stuck in the fence. Our fence is heavy wire made for small animals. The rectangular holes are small near the ground and each row gets larger as they go up. The kid goat found a hole that was a bit tight & there he was, stuck. I walked down the outside of the fence. As I got 6 feet away he noticed me and stopped yowling. As I got 3 feet away his looked turned to fear. When I took one more step, fear overtook him. He yanked his head out & danced off to be with the others. LOL

Enjoy the weekend!
Freddy
 
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 4-21-12

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:41 am

Good morning. The breakfast menu sounds like a great way to finish out the week. All week they forecasted a good chance of rain, but it never came. Yesterday I mowed the lawn for the first time this year, and managed to change the oil in our Honda Accord. I have never had a vehicle burn as much oil as this 2008 Accord...hopefully my efforts to clean the ring packs reduce the consumption.

45 and breezy this morning, still burning about 40 lbs per day.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:50 am

Good breakfast choice Freddy & the jelly is outstanding. My compliments:) Yep, them goats got a knack for getting into things. LOL I day before mowed yesterday. Last week we had hard freezes, hard frosts plus a couple of 80* days. I'v got some tough plants & trees I suspect. Just gonna do some bush hoggin today & that's about it for planned stuff--oh yea, they are talkin snow around Monday sometime. :wtf: :notsure: Have a good week end all.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix


Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:53 am

Good Morning... bowl of cereal, coffee, juice and meds. Off to get 5' rototiller for 3pt hitch on tractor. Spread old hay mulch, some lime and fertilizer and till in a few strips for tater patch. got kennebesc & red pontiacs (50#'s seed), still lookig for sweet taters though. then get new bar for chainsaw, take a half dozen chains to sharpner friend, wore out one on it....again, clearing off a field of saplings and younger trees to reclaim for hay/pasture. Taking sandwhich, block of cheese and plenty of water and a soda . Rains supposedly on its way want to till before rain. Still burning, about 40#'s also a day. low 50's this AM.
wilder11354
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:31 am

Good morning everyone.. I'm running on batteries and my cellphone this morning, my area is having it's 6th or 7th power outage since the begining of the year.. our power company has not been maintaining the infrastructure at all, just collecting our money.

I'll eventually have to fire up a generator, but don't want to listen to it yet.. I can hear generators from neighbor's places 1/4 mile away..

So I'll be reheating yesterday's left-over coffee, once that's gone, I guess I'll have to fire up the generator, just to brew a pot.

The house is still 70*, it doesn't loose heat very fast, even though it's 35* and windy outside.

Lots of projects on 'the list' for this weekend,, not sure if any of them will get done or even started. :mad:

OK, time for reheated coffee..

Have a good day.

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

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:49 am

Morning all....
Thanks for the coffee Freddy... does your wife make goat cheese?
Sun is out and bright this morning. Gonna be 83f today. DVC500 haas been out for 6 days for this heat wave.
Todays chores:
Gotta repair a MAC130 chainsaw for a friend, tiny little saw. Good for trim work for him, while he builds a second log cabin on his property.
I also have to head over to a neighbors house to complete repairs on a Polaris Sportsman 500 6x6. I think he tried to repair it himself, and just gave up. After that, he has a 50HP Ditch Witch with a 6ft bar, that needs repair. Looks like it rubbed a wire bare under the dash, everytime he tries to start it, the dashboard starts smoking.
Then onward to the local John Deere dealer to hopefully pickup a small Zero turn mower, that they are trying to get rid of. Its a small 42" residential mower, but a great starter-mower for my son.

Lisa!! Hows the bees doing????
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:07 am

morning, put two tanks of fuel thru the sthil magmum 600 blower yesterday. looks like i have to start going to PCCA.....

Pine Cone Colectors Ananymous....there must have been thousands.... 8-)


puting the top end of the 3.4L GM junk monte carlo motor back together for a friend . what a test of patients and dexterity they are....twin double overhead cam sidewinder stuffed under the cowl.....

then its off the entertain the guys who came from all over for my nieces baby shower. they flew up from fla yesterday

then back home to spread the 5 ton of fill dirt around the front yard to cover the rroottss aand try for a grasssy knoll......
Poconoeagle
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Buckwalter & Co. , EFM520
Stove/Furnace Model: No. 28 Glenwood 1880, Alaska

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:16 am

Morning all. Beautiful day here yesterday. Had an unexpected day off and just got stuff done around the house. Moth-balled the coal boiler for summer. Disconnected the vent pipe and cleaned it. Light cleaning of the boiler and then put the drop light in. That works so well and makes so much sense. Wish I knew about it years ago. My grates look amazing for 9 seasons of use.
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I've got to wonder whats going on when I read about these Harman grates only lasting a season or two. Heck, my vent pipes are original also and they look great too. I didn't take the stoker apart yet but I will do that soon.
Going to rain here today and Sunday. We sure need it. Hope everyone has a nice weekend!
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: steamup On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:45 am

Good morning, Time focus on more spring time chores this weekend.

Beautiful summer like day yesterday, 45 degrees and raining today, possible S*** in the forcast for Monday.

Don't put out that fire and clean the boiler yet.

Lots to do , gotta get moving.
steamup
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman-Anderson AA-130, Keystoker K-6
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: HS Tarm 502 Wood/Coal/Oil
Coal Size/Type: pea, buck, rice

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:20 am

Yeah Greg we went though the same crap up here last year. Every time it rained, or if we had a light breeze, the power would go out. The whole neighborhood hammered the electric company, and the next day there were 5 trucks up here fixing everything. Haven't had an outage since. ;) You probably have a smaller neighborhood than us, so I'm guessing you've been hammering them .. but they're not listening. Got to love today's business practices ... :roll:

My secret deal has still not yet been completed. More on that later. Might be updating this thread later in the week. ;)


Been working on lawn tractor after lawn tractor. Finally got to mine, & one of the bearings was totally smoked in the deck. Blade was flopping all over the place. When I knocked the bearing out, it came out in pieces. No damage to the tower though, which is good. Nobody had them in stock, except a place in Worcester - all set with that drive. Can't complain though. Been running every summer for 7 years. I think what killed it was my use of Amsoil off road grease - it's meant for pivots on yellow equipment, not high speed bearings. I recall hearing & feeling something wrong in the deck not long after I greased it. The other 5 were still good though, so who knows. $25 for a set of 6 china bearings on eBay. I'll just keep the Amsoil multi-purpose flowing & they'll be fine.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:21 am

009to090 wrote:Freddy... does your wife make goat cheese?


Marty just feeds 'em. Sister in law does the milking & what not. I think she did make cheese once, but 99% of the milk finds it's way to babies that can't tolerate cow milk or mothers milk.

"The Bangor Home Show" is this weekend. Headed out the door right now. One year ago today I got the solar panel bug. I hope whatever I find this year is less expensive!
Freddy
 
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 4-21-12

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:08 pm

wilder11354 wrote:Good Morning... bowl of cereal, coffee, juice and meds. Off to get 5' rototiller for 3pt hitch on tractor. Spread old hay mulch, some lime and fertilizer and till in a few strips for tater patch. got kennebesc & red pontiacs (50#'s seed), still lookig for sweet taters though. then get new bar for chainsaw, take a half dozen chains to sharpner friend, wore out one on it....again, clearing off a field of saplings and younger trees to reclaim for hay/pasture. Taking sandwhich, block of cheese and plenty of water and a soda . Rains supposedly on its way want to till before rain. Still burning, about 40#'s also a day. low 50's this AM.


Got it attached and did the tilling. 4 rows 30>40 feet long, 6 feet wide. Home now cutting seeders, plant in AM sunday, rain or no rain. Nice tiller, only a couple larger rocks, deep bed about 8 inches all tilled. will post later, when i return tiller and take a few more pivs. Neeed to RU 5' grass strips between rows.
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:01 am

Good Sunday morning folks! Freddy's about to mow his grass! We've got 5" of snow so far today :shock: but will turn to rain this afternoon..........won't be mowing for another month for sure. I did get the raking done this week though.......that power broom works awesome! Working the weekend so not many chores will get done. I did start training for the law enforcement torch run on June 6. It's for the special olympics......a great cause. Take care all!
sterling40man
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Coffee 4-21-12

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:32 am

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert