Coffee 5-11-13

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 11, 2013 2:50 pm

Looks like she'll be a nice project. That should keep ya out of the bars for a while. toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat May 11, 2013 6:39 pm

Good evening. This has been a long week. My little guy threw up all over his crib Wednesday night, and no sooner did I get the sheets swapped and get him settled back down...round two all over mom and dad's bed. Got those sheets swapped, and then round three! By then I had smartened up and had him on a towel, so at least the clean up was quick. We were up from 1-3 am and back up at 5, then the phone rang and we found our that my wife's grandmother had passed. She headed out Thursday morning, and no sooner does she arrive at the wake she realizes she is bleeding badly. 13 weeks pregnant...NOT what you want to hear over the phone. Thankfully she was close to a hospital and the ER staff was on their game (US born and English speaking also!). They quickly determined that part of her placenta had torn away, but thankfully the baby was doing fine. She lost quite a bit of blood, but the bleeding stopped and her parents were able to drive her and our vehicle home last night. Everyone is home safe and sound, but she is on strict orders to lay low for a few weeks. The little man is still not feeling good, but getting better every day.

Now for some more cheerful news. A few weeks ago I bought an beautiful Larson storm door and was going to install it on our front door. By the time I got the instructions unfolded and realized they took up my entire workbench, I decided it was time to call in a pro. A local contractor hung the door yesterday, and man did he do a professional job. It certainly helps that someone replaced the casing years ago and it was nice and square...the new door seals so tight that the inside door is tough to open quickly, it creates a vacuum between the two doors when you try and pull it open. I expect this will really cut down the drafts around the inside door when the North wind blows...saving me some coal. It doesn't hurt that the new door looks great and allows a lot of light/airflow into the living room in the nice weather.

Coal news: I shut my EFM down this morning. I ran it until the drum was nearly empty...7.5 tons up in smoke since October 1st. I have more coal on hand, but the boiler is due for a thorough cleaning.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 11, 2013 7:11 pm

Rob R. wrote:Thankfully she was close to a hospital and the ER staff was on their game


Glad to hear that she's OK. Scary stuff.

Rob R. wrote:7.5 tons up in smoke since October 1st


Ahhhhh, Wouldn't that be "up in no smoke"? *smile*
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 5-11-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 11, 2013 7:16 pm

Freddy my friend, you're just on a roll here aren't ya :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat May 11, 2013 7:18 pm

Freddy wrote:
Rob R. wrote:7.5 tons up in smoke since October 1st


Ahhhhh, Wouldn't that be "up in no smoke"? *smile*


Yes, yes it would. The coal I got this year was very good.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sat May 11, 2013 7:22 pm

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new porch dweller.... gotta get "TOBY" done before hitting a beat on "RINGO" :)
Poconoeagle
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Buckwalter & Co. , EFM520
Stove/Furnace Model: No. 28 Glenwood 1880, Alaska

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun May 12, 2013 9:28 am

Winter has returned.. 37* last night forecast for 29* tonight. took the dog out for his morning 'walk' and the wind chill feels like 18*.

I fed the hopper in the AA, swapped ash pans and headed back in for coffee.. brrr..

Rob, that door is going to help a LOT.. infiltration is the biggest heat loss.

I took my German shepard over to a friend's house yesterday, to visit and play with his dogs.. they planed, but his dogs are all neutered,, but LOKI is still 'complete'.. and guess what.. he decided this was the place to lift his leg and 'mark' a spot on a wall.. :mad: :mad: So he's going to have an appt with the vet soon..

When I asked the vet about neutering him, I was told that LOKI would have to wear the plastic 'cone' for a few days Well my house is NOT 'cone-proof' for a 80-90# frisky dog.. The vet mentioned that there is a harness available that straps to the dog's chest and neck, to prevent enough neck movement to turn and irritate the stitches from licking them..
Anybody have or used one of these harnesses?? I haven't found them yet on the 'net'.

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 5-11-13

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun May 12, 2013 9:32 am

hmm I never heard of the harness... sounds cool...the "cone of silence" on a big dog is a way of entertainment for some.... 8-)

No smitty....there wont be video @ 11....... :)
Poconoeagle
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Buckwalter & Co. , EFM520
Stove/Furnace Model: No. 28 Glenwood 1880, Alaska

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: Yanche On: Sun May 12, 2013 11:31 am

A cool weekend here in central Maryland. Rain showers, with some thunder on Saturday, Mothers Day is sunny but cool. I've kept the coal boiler going, most mornings need some heat. The photos below are the azalea bushes along my drive way in full bloom. Taken earlier this week.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun May 12, 2013 5:42 pm

Cough, cough...my EFM is now free of flyash. Man it was bad, the smoke chamber in the rear was nearly full to the flue outlet. I took the entire smoke pipe off and banged in on the floor to get all the caked flyash out. Fire is relit, and it is coming up to temperature. My wife and I hated the sound of the oil burner...one day was enough.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 5-11-13

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon May 13, 2013 12:52 am

My solution to that this time of year is to just leave the thermostats rotated fully to the left. Gotta wear clothes to bed though. :D 56° will wake your ass up in a hurry. I find myself hanging out in the greenhouse all morning trying to get the chill off. Forecast is saying possible 80's by Wednesday, so it's all good. 8-)
SMITTY
 
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 5-11-13

PostBy: gaw On: Mon May 13, 2013 5:23 am

Some of us had to work Saturday. I guess that would be me. :(

Yesterday was out and about running around and then dinner for Mother’s Day at a friend’s restaurant. Mow the lawn today and/or tomorrow. Lots of stuff to do, lack of time and ambition is always a problem. :sick:

Yanche’s azaleas look pretty, that’s the best part about spring. It looks like a large rhododendron right next to the house, they are always beautiful when in full bloom.
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County