Coffee 8-24-13

Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:49 am

Good morning! My goodness, I hope your place is warmer than here....thirty nine degrees right now. <shiver> The coffee is perking and I have a hot blast of a wood fire going. Bacon & eggs this morning. We need a hot breakfast as it was below 50 in the living room when I got up. I see the upper mid west is hot, hot, hot, but for some reason it is missing Maine. This whole next week is looking to be 70's during the days, yet dipping near forty each night. We did have one humid, sticky night followed by two hot & humid days. I got the AC hooked up after that one sticky night and after that it was some nice to be comfy at bedtime.

We did get new roll roofing on one small roof & plan to do the other this week. That brush on tar cement is awful stuff. No matter how careful you are it finds it's way to your skin. I didn't do too bad, but Marty managed a four finger splat LOL.

Lisa..... sorry to hear about the setback with your bees. That's no easy hobby! I'm beginning to see it not only takes work, patience, and determination, but a bit of good luck is required too. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

We're headed to meet up with my sister & family today for a family picnic of sorts. She's up from Arkansas so if we don't go we won't see her this year......and what's the downside to that? LOL Oh, I know....wouldn't see the nephews & nieces. :)

Hope you all have a smooth week!
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 8-24-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:14 am

Mornin everybody. 48* here on the hill. Nice simple breakfast Freddy--good choice & coffee is outstanding as usual. :) Sounds like you & Marty are really getting things done up to camp. We've put up 20 full wagons in the past 2 1/2 days--2nd cutting square bales & we'll definitely get a 3rd cutting this year. I'm doing NOTHING this week-end---I'm feeling every one of these 68 yrs--golden years my ass-- :clap: toothy Have a good week-end all.
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:50 am

Good morning. It is chilly here as well...43 on the porch. House is still cozy, I guess all that thermal mass in the basement is paying off.

In a few hours we are headed to the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex, VT. Looks like it will be a great day for it.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy


Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:01 am

Good mornin' all, a hefty 48 * at the homestead. Having coffee and getting ready to go to work. Thanks for the bacon and eggs gonna need it. Ciao!
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:07 am

Hi everyone :D I'm out and about on the bread truck this morning wish I coulda joined Freddy for that nice hot breakfast. Instead I grabbed a couple cup cakes out of stale bin. Not so good for my figure hahaha. I have a challenging day ahead. My band is scheduled to play at the Rally in the Valley in olean this evening 4pm - 7. It's a big bike rally they have every year. Expecting about 1200 bikes. No time to go home after work. Equipment is in the Jeep. Ready to Rock!!

:punk:
I just got my tub of refractory cement to custom cast a back liner for the coal furnace. I'll get after it in the upcoming weeks ahead. The sun seems to be pitching further and further south everyday. Looking forward to firing her up lol.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:24 am

Have fun Lee :band: :clap:
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: samhill On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:11 am

Good thing your young, I'd be falling asleep providing that I had any musical talent (which I don't). A bit nippy in these parts as well I pray for the safety of all those firefighters out West & hope for a change of weather for the better for them. Freddy it sounds like the cabin is moving right along. Lisa I too hope you get that bee thing all figured out, I know around here there is plenty of advice from the locals but I think some things do boil down to just luck, Lord knows we sure need the bees. F.Fred they finally got all the second cut in my surrounding fields when we had some dry days for a spell now they have a running out of room problem, been getting extremely good yield once they can get too it. Hope all have a good safe day. :)
samhill
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:51 am

freetown fred wrote:Have fun Lee :band: :clap:


Nice Fred! Looks like ya got the whole band there hahaha!

Some of the bikes are really awesome pieces of art. I'll try post a few pics later on 8-)
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:06 pm

Nice Lee. I won a few custom trophies with the old shovelhead back in the 80's. These people tend to have more $$ & skill then I do as far as what they do today custom wise :)
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freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:49 pm

Whoo Hoo...
A night out...
No kids...
Need i say more...
Drive in movie 15 minutes up the road!
2 movies $9...
I tell the wife and we can drink beer at the movies...
She says how can you do that?
Still has baby brain moments...
No grilling allowed though... :lol:
It is the small things when you have 3 under 15 months!!!
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:03 pm

Hey nice vest Fred! Someday I will own me a nice Bike. Another weekend burning the midnight oil. 3 nights then I can crawl back into bed with the mrs. Hope by now everyone is all situated with the upcoming winter season heating needs. Im prayin for some snow this year. Seems like we havent seen any big acummulation in the past few years. Have a good weekend fella's ...
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:33 am

Nice patches Fred! 8-)


Still waiting for my blades to arrive for my "bladeless" fan I ordered. Going on 4 weeks now, WTF! :x Never in my life have I seen so much incompetence in manufacturing as I have lately ...


Proof that they don't build them like they used to: I just had one lower ball joint and both inner tie rod ends fail in the big Merc. I redid the whole front end in '05, and those components have a hair over 100k miles on them ... while my bought-brand-new '07 Silverado needed lower ball joints at 38k miles (2 years time!), and currently needs uppers ... which requires replacing the entire upper control arm. :roll: Whose idea was it to remove grease fittings from modern ball joints??? Unreal ...

Weather has sort of sucked here temperature wise, but has been great overall. Blue skies every day (minus the chemtrails ...) & very dry. Too cold for me though. Threw on a jacket to take the 2-stroke to the store! I thought this was supposed to be August?? 51° yesterday morning. I can do without that! That's too close to "cost-me-money" temperatures ....... you know, ones that require HEAT! :|

Been waiting for a rainy day to get started on the boiler install. But rain ain't nowhere in sight!

Anyone want to share a tomato? :lol:
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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 8-24-13

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:22 pm

Hi all,

We have beautiful June weather here in Virginia this weekend - clear and bright with a high of 84*. Thanks for all your thoughts about the bees. Yep, there is a good part of just plain old luck involved with these creatures but I've learned that a lot of times we can make our own luck. Hopefully, I'll be able to do that and get the hives through the winter alive. That's the goal but sometimes you can do everything right and the bees still die. :?

With the beautiful weather, DK and I decided we had better go ahead and recaulk the joints and seams of the roof on the travel trailer. That would have been a lot easier but DK used the wrong type caulk last time so we had to pull out all the old stuff and replace it with the correct self-leveling stuff. Thankfully, we have a small travel trailer with a rubber roof so it didn’t take long to pull the old stuff out; even less to put the new stuff on. I’ll spend this last week before school starts doing little maintenance jobs from the ground. It will be like a brand new trailer when we take it out again.

Here’s a good one for you - I received my bus routes for the next school year and they are going to have me park at the neighborhood school close by my house so I can walk to the bus in the morning. That is a good thing. Then I get to pick up a bunch of local kids and drive them cross county to a magnet school in rush hour traffic. Bottom line - I get to walk to work so I can sit in traffic. How great is that? All I can say is it will help my household budget. :)

I hope you’ll have a great Labor Day weekend. Don’t forget that sun screen! Those of us 50 or more should be using a SPF 50 or greater. Take care, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Coffee 8-24-13

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:37 am

Finally got my fan yesterday - almost 4 weeks since the assembly arrived, minus that one important part. When the truck pulled up and the driver handed me the box, my first thought was OH BOY ... HERE WE GO! Was an awfully small box for a 14" fan. Then I open it to see this little 4" fan ... and my blood pressure started to reach critical mass .. and then I realized that this was a fan that required ASSEMBLY! Well that's no problem ... until I look and find that all 24 holes in the spider and in the fan blades to join the 2 pieces together were all a couple bit sizes too small for the supplied hardware! Nothin's ever easy around here! Had to dig out my Drill Doctor after spending 10 minutes trying to get through 1/32" of chinese stamped metal ... but once sharpened it took about half that long to do the next 23. Bolted together, checked for correct rotation, and installed. FINALLY. :roll: It's not balanced very well, and the shaded pole bearings in the motor suck, so I can't balance it using the sink-to-the-bottom technique. I bent the blades so that they all followed the exact same path, and that helped quite a bit. Better than it was.

Geesh .. this is what you get for over $100 today. Unreal! It's an American company ... but they definitely need to get their *censored* together! That fan normally sells for just under $150 with shipping. Was on sale, so I got it for $120. I guess I still paid that $30 extra dollars in aggravation though! I'll post some pics ....



Here's a couple pics of VERY old motor oil. The brownish oil with the white filter came out of a Toyota Camry. About 18k on this conventional oil!! :shock: Was the consistency of gear oil, LOL! The rainbow colored oil is out of a snowblower - unknown age .. but estimated to be VERY old! :lol: Word of the day? MAINTENANCE! Do it, DAMMIT! :D
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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