Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

Alcohol or Non-Alcohol Event?

:beer: Alcohol
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:angel: Non- Alcohol
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Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:11 am

Title says it all.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: bksaun On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:17 am

Bunch of lushes!

I fit right in! :cheers:
bksaun
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62

Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:31 pm

bksaun wrote:Bunch of lushes!

I fit right in! :cheers:



Perhaps you can stop by Tim and Tickle's place and bring some good stuff ??? Or perhaps you have your own little cooker down there ???




Rick
Rick 386
 
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
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Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: CoaLen On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:51 pm

I think they'd fit right in with us coal burners! toothy
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Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:05 pm

NEPA Forums specifically says no using photos that are not your own, SO WHAT IN THE TARNATION ARE YOU DOING POSTING MY FAMILY'S PORTRAIT...all four generations of us! :-)

(Just kidding of course, for those without humor)
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: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:16 pm

We used to roll out the cider barrels and have a darn wild party! I say USED TO because in the fall of 1943 my Great-Grandfather got into a little trouble for doing just that!

As I said it was 1943 and World War Two was in full swing. He had 7 boys but all of them were fighting the war overseas and he needed to get his potato crops out of the ground to help feed the troops and the nation. Not knowing what to do, he contacted the War Dept up in Bangor Maine and got permission to use German Prisoners of War to help with the potato harvest.

Well they did a mighty fine job, save one poor chap who tripped over a potato barrel as he spotted my Great Aunt bringing water to her father. He was so enthralled, so taken by the beautiful farm girl that he ran smack into a potato barrel as he locked eyes onto her. She was only 14 at the time though :o

Anyway after the crop was in the basement of the barn, true to a long standing NoSmoke Tradition, out rolled the cider barrels. Now this was no ordinary cider, one of the endearing qualities of my Great Grandfather was his ability to make a pretty stout cider jack even during the prohibition days, if you know what I mean. They say you cannot make pure alcohol from cider, but it can be done. A man does not get a lot by volume, but it is pure. :D

So in the Fall of 1943 the POW's, Guards and my Great-Grandfather commenced to partake in a little hard cider. It was the first alcohol the guards and POW's had taken in large quantities in awhile, so about 9 PM they decided to keep the party rolling and run a few more barrels out of the barn. They had a roaring good time until the wee hours of the morning when they went back to the POW camp in Bangor. The commander of the camp was quite perturbed and even more upset when he saw how sloshed both the POW's and the Guards were. That day he set out for my Great Grandfather's farm to inquire about the irrational behavior, and when asked my Great Grandfather admitted what he had done. :mad:

"But you have seven boys fighting them over in Germany. What in the world are you doing getting them drunk?"

"Well the tradition here is, when the potato are in the barn, we have a little party by getting the cider barrels out, and they did a fine job of harvesting the potatoes and German or not, they deserved a little fun." As they talked however, the Commander of the Base had to sample some of the cider in question, and it is my understanding that not a word of this ever reached the War Dept down in Washington DC. ;)

AS for the POW's, it was said that relations between Germans and American's actually were good following the war because German POW's went home to say that they were treated well. In fact I would like to think the NoSmoke family had a little something to do with that stretching of the olive branch... :D
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: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:01 pm

It was just one of those darn Waldo County rocks, the kind the glaciers had placed here just to spite potato farmers. Formerly located where I live now, the rock caused serious hardships for my Grandfather and my Great-Uncle. Now these two farmers liked two things...dynamite and hard apple cider, and typically they liked to combine the two extremes when they could. After farming around this rather big rock for years and years, they decided it was time for the rock to meet its fateful end in a very explosive way.

Now we all know when working with high explosives its best to be in the proper frame of mind, but I am here to say that after getting pretty deep into a barrel of hard apple cider, the day the two brothers decided to blow up the rock was NOT one of those days.

They decided that simple dynamite was not going to make the trip…being a big rock and all, so they added some ammonium nitrate to their growing list of supplies, along with a dash of copper sulfate, a sprinkling of some diesel fuel and of course the blasting caps. In hind sight, any of the two explosives probably would have been enough, but this was no ordinary rock, and as I said, they had farmed around it for years so that day they were determined to get their revenge!

Using the tractor to dig some holes around the rock, they added 7 sticks of dynamite, and then the concoction of fuel oil, ammonium nitrate and copper sulfate and inserted the blasting cap. They did toss a smattering of soil on top of the rock to keep it “seated”, and then proceeded to run some electrical wire to a car battery. Now was the time they decided...time to blow the rock to smithereens.

My Grandfather touched the wire ends to the battery cable and all of Hades let loose from the earth. Instead of a big puff, there was an explosion as the dirt kicked out from each side and the rock began to go skyward. Unbeknown to the two farmers, the rock was not as massive as they thought, the rock being big in circumference but slabbed and only few inches thick. Naturally when the rather excessive charge went off, the flat rock caught the explosion underneath it rather flatly and instead of shattering, it hefted the entire thing right out of the ground in a nice circular arch.

Now if the power lines had not been there, it would have been just another rock-blasted-from-the-ground story, but the rock...having the aerodynamics of a flat slab of granite, decided that flying was not its forte and made an agreement with gravity to fall back to the earth. Now why it chose to do that as it hovered above the power lines they will never know, but after slicing through the power lines with amazing speed and accuracy, it landed on the shoulder of the road with a loud "womp". At the same time the explosion set up this shock wave that bent every tree over in a one mile area. It knocked the hats clean off my Grandfather and his brother, and blew my Grandmother's clothes clean off her clothes line!

With a powerful shock wave buffeting the house, my Grandmother emerged from the house...who incidentally had not been in the hooch and in no way, shape or form should have been considered jovial, and let loose with a tongue lashing that curled the two farmers hair in a permanent cowlick...or at least would have had the two been not so darn happy from the aforementioned apple jack! They even had this look as Central Maine Power showed up to fix the torn power lines. The linesman looked at the rock in the ditch, still smouldering and looking like a freshly stoked wood stove with green wood when the two farmers just said pathetically, "Darn meteorite".
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: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: franco b On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:11 pm

Excellent story and well told, maybe you missed your calling.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
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Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:16 pm

:lol: GREAT stories!! :punk: :funny:
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Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: just peter On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:55 pm

Wonderfull story, you should be a writer :)
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Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:48 pm

You guys are full of flattery I see...

I have actually started a book called, "Tales From the Tall Grass", which are stories gleaned from our farm over the years. We date back to the Mayflower, but our farm here in Maine was not actually established until 1746. Still 266 years, and 10 generations is not exactly a beginning farm. Our farm is interesting because while the family has always supported the farm, many have also been Dr's, Lawyers, Judges and School Teachers which just means they could write when many farmers could not, so we have a wealth of stories dating back to even the early times.

A second book I actually wrote and finished, including editing it to the point of a third draft, does contain a coal stove in one chapter, but it is a fiction novel about railroading, love and treachery. It might make for a great B movie someday.

Most of my writings are about farming and magazine articles thereof; Deciding if hunting is right for your farm, clearing land, small plots of corn for sheep, that kind of thing. I do a lot of writing for the Soil and Water Conservation district; mostly in the form of letters, and as of yet, no grant writing.

I would right a book about the virtues of coal, but with this secondary administration, a hatred of all things coal, a dislike of our rights under the constitution, and a love of all things "green", I would probably be knocked off for writing it! :D

(Richard S...it was never my intention to knock this thread off track with my stories, just adding some alcohol humor to the thread. Interestingly enough, my father and I do not drink a drop of alcohol, but I have nothing against those that do...just not something I want to spend my money upon. But rest assured, I do (but don't) know how to make a little cider jack!)
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: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:41 pm

Excellent!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
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Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:42 pm

I like beer.
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Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:42 pm

Who doesn't?
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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

Re: Alcohol or Non Alcohol event for Meet and Greet?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:26 pm

NoSmoke wrote:
(Richard S...it was never my intention to knock this thread off track with my stories, just adding some alcohol humor to the thread. Interestingly enough, my father and I do not drink a drop of alcohol, but I have nothing against those that do...just not something I want to spend my money upon. But rest assured, I do (but don't) know how to make a little cider jack!)


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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite