I'm never ready. I DESPISE winter with every fiber of my being. It's the only thing I hate about this area more than the political climate.
I had planned to upgrade my setup (thanks to a forum member that probably wants to remain unnamed for now) to a stoker boiler, but funds are tight & time is non-existent. I don't have the funds for rice coal or plumbing supplies, nor have I had any time ... and nor has anyone else had any to help get this thing down stairs. So with the boiler in my kitchen and 10 pallets of nut outside, I've decided to run the Mark III one more season. That will give me time to better plan this. I'll either have to sell off what coal I have, or make the unlikely trade with someone.
So for now, all I really have to do is get a few pallets in the basement soon. The rest can wait till next season.
Yeah bummer Smitty but as "they" say (WETFTA) "It is what it is". Imagine the little lady is thrilled to have a new kitchen adornment
too. Best to be all set and ready to rumble though before engaging Mr Sulu.
I've got my 6 tons ordered about 3 months ago. Its 4 tons stove and 2 tons nut mixed in a bulk load. They were going to come by last Sat, but someone else in my area wasn't ready or wasn't home to take his half of the load. It will get here this month though. They have an old potato truck for deliveries, It's about 12 tons full but it's got 3 dividers and a conveyor belt that runs beneath them. So the driver just chooses which compartment to slide open and you're good to go. Also has about a 20 foot conveyor chute that slides out and pivots to the bin. Works pretty cool for me cause we could pull that chute in through the door in the barn to the back of the bin and fill that then pull forward to even it out.
I know what you mean too Mike. All of my summer projects in the wood shop have created a nice kindling pile and I still have a 1/2 cord of maple out there in the barn thats been sittin a couple years. It's good for the chilly nights when I will just take the chilly off for a couple hours in the cookstove or the MO 116.