Morning all! Freddy, I hope you don't mind, I snuck into the kitchen at 3:30 this morning and got a tea bag. I woke up with a headache and runny nose, a cold, I am sure.
Well, the cold snap reached us last night. At midnight, the temp hit 30f, but I don't think it got much colder than 28f during the early morning hours. We were aware this was coming, so last week I got the DVC-500 prepped. I got a surprise when I opened the load door to re-glue the grates back in.... the loading door glass had cracked over the summer! The crack cannot be seen from the outside looking in, but can easily be seen if the door is open and you look thru from the inside of the door. The crack runs side-to-side, but stops halfway across. I know as soon as I put heat to it, it will crack the rest of the way. So I lifted off the door, and just swapped it out with the other DVC-500 until I can get a piece of ceramic on order. Took 30 seconds to swap doors, they just lift up and off.
Fired it up around noontime Friday. I let it simmer for about 8 hours, to make sure the new door was sealed good. Then I started opening her up, and ran about 50% BTU output all night.
The dog liked the warmth so much, he dragged his bed from the hallway, and put it right in front of the stove! Dang smart dog, but not smart enough.... the cat jumped on the bed and was unwilling to share it. Pissed the dog off, so he just sat on the cat.
Just like to kids fighting....
Todays project, continue dropping trees from around my old barn, and get the 60 year old hay out of there. The gable end walls are shot, which I will have to rebuild, but the post/beams/roof/floor are fine! Not bad for 100 years old, and not maintained for last 60 years.
ROB! Congrats on the Moderator Title! Do you get a salary with that title?