Hey congrats Rob on the new job! VT is a nice place to be.
Yep - it's that time of year that tries man's soul - at least for me. I am officially extending my middle finger to mother nature in a epic F -YOU!!!
So far since the 22nd, we've had lows of 8°, -1°, -4°, 4°, & 5° with the highest temp all week was yesterday at 19° during the day.
Jammed the grates open on the Mark III Thursday night with more f'ing rocks. Was going below zero that night, so I left the grates jammed open and just piled coal on top of it. Woke up to 57°, as 2/3rds of the fire was ash by morning due to not getting it shook down properly. Managed to break the rocks with an anger-fueled kick to the shaker handle. Thought I had finally broken the grates, but lucky for me it was just the rocks. Took a day of temps in the teens to get the house back up in the mid 60's. Been having to tend to the fire in 15 hour intervals instead of the normal 24. Did some work outside for a few hours too. My lungs are burning, hacking up phlegm, scortching headache .... I'm sick of this *censored*!
On the bright side I finally got a couple dollars in my wallet for the first time in months.
See what happens when I don't drink??
I get REALLY CHEERFUL!