Icy ice

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: Keving On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:13 pm

Mighty neighborly of you Michael, I'm sure you have no sympathy for us when complaining about the temps. I'll do my best to divert these storms up your way, I know you guys like the snow and it keeps your economy perking along.
Keving
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:27 am

The snow has stopped coming....for now....they say another storm brewing in the wings for Thursday. Thursday? That's the day they say the HIGH temp is going to be minus 4.

It looks like we got a fresh 10" of heavy snow. I'll need to be removing it from the roofs. Time to fire up the John Deere & snow blow the driveway.
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: Icy ice

PostBy: Keving On: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:19 am

Morning Freddy, mostly rain here with just a frosting of snow, 18 degrees this morning. Sounds like some areas inland iced had and have some outages. That storm forecasted for Thursday sounds like it will be a old fashioned Northeaster, cold, wind and heavy snow all rolled into one. Good luck with the cleanup.
Keving
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal


Re: Icy ice

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:07 am

I just finished snow blowing....well.... enough to get Marty on the road. I take back the 10". We didn't get that much.... a fat 8 I guess.

I see they've closed the very new "cable stay" Penobscot Narrows suspension bridge because of falling ice. One guy & his wife are lucky to be alive. Ice took out their windshield & the entire car is a mess. I'm going to guess from the looks on TV that it's a total loss. The bridge will remain closed for now. Hey....it's only what, a 23 mile detour?
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: Icy ice

PostBy: Keving On: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:27 am

Yeh, I think for 5 or 6 million they can run to the hardware store , get some heat tape and duct tape it around those cables. Plug her in and be good to go. Our Deer Isle bridge has a special built in anti-icing device. She dances around so much that the ice can't hang on. :lol:
Keving
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:03 pm

Was listening to the radio about the narrows ice problem...
As i was driving the kids to daycare...
Laughed a bit...
Then Had my Icy ice Icy trip...
Seems the State Highway did not get treated...
And we got a bay effect snow storm...
Pretty Fluffy Snow...
That turned to sheet ice on the Untreated highway...
Saw 30 cars wrecked during my usual 30 minute trip...
That took just shy of 2 hours...
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: Icy ice

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:40 am

Brrrrr..... The ice isn't going anywhere soon.... Minus 18 as I type. I think they cancelled Thursday's storm? Fine by me!
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: Icy ice

PostBy: rberq On: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:54 am

Freddy wrote:Brrrrr..... The ice isn't going anywhere soon.... Minus 18 as I type. I think they cancelled Thursday's storm? Fine by me!

Yes. Minus 18 here this morning, too. AND I was experimenting last night with stove coal in place of nut. It jammed up at the bottom of the hopper and wouldn't drop. :( Almost lost the fire, and the Arabs benefited by selling me a few more gallons of oil when the boiler kicked in. Still lots of ice clinging to the trees in this area, but most people had their power back by last weekend.
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: karen On: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:39 am

I have a balmy 8 degrees here on the island… still lots of ice on the trees. The beast is keeping the house nice and toasty no wool sweaters needed in this house…. Wow they cancelled the snow storm, I am not upset. I have to go back to work tomorrow even though I work in the schools snow days are no pay days for me! ---
karen
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: buckwheat

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: Keving On: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:14 pm

No iceboating today but I drove my truck on some ice covered roads that gave me about the same kinda thrill and it was much warmer in the cab of the truck than the cockpit of the boat. Daughter smacked a whole in the base of her car on these goat trails they call roads and brother in law lost his deep well pump so it was a help thy neighbor kind of day. And to end the day I put my plow on, storms a comin.
Keving
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:54 am

karen wrote:I have a balmy 8 degrees here on the island…


You people in the tropical islands have that big ol' ocean to keep you warm. Sweet!


karen wrote:The beast is keeping the house nice and toasty


Even after 5 years it amazes me how the Axeman loves cold weather. It just happily jogs along seemingly more efficient the colder it gets.

Keving wrote:No iceboating today


Hard to say, the season may have passed for this year. It's the most fun, but the most finicky sport on Earth.... you don't get to play when you want, you only get to play when mother nature, the sandman, leprechauns, and the tooth fairy all sing at the same time.
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: Icy ice

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:31 am

Freddy wrote:Even after 5 years it amazes me how the Axeman loves cold weather. It just happily jogs along seemingly more efficient the colder it gets.


They are most efficient at 100% duty cycle.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: Keving On: Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:35 am

We used to get in 30 to 40 days of iceboating per season but that number has dropped steadily each season. Last season we got 3 days of sailing on Walker Pond. But I must admit I'm not as hungry for ice as I used to be and it seems life gets in the way of good ice every once in awhile.
That's a wild sounding weather report on the tv this morning. 8-12" of snow, below zero temps, 40 mph wind and to top it all off astronomically high tides which means the causeway between the islands will be under water at high tide. Guess I better check the air pressure in my rubber ducky.
Keving
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: karen On: Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:19 am

Thick sea smoke on the bay this morning zero degrees and the school I work in already cancelled. The dogs stuck their noses outside this morning and looked at me like I was crazy. Thy are stretched out on the radiant floor and all of us are quite toasty this morning. Gale force winds might cancel the ferry today. Winter in Maine!
karen
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: buckwheat

Re: Icy ice

PostBy: sterling40man On: Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:01 am

I don't post much anymore........but thought I'd chime in on this thread with my fellow Mainah's. :) Glad you guys got your power back. It's been a very cold winter so far up in the valley. According to the local news last night we have 401 heating degree days more than last year at this time........but only 4 above normal. :shock: No wonder I've burned almost a ton more at this time than the previous 5 years. My K6 used to struggle a little in these temps until I installed a new circulator between the two boilers (Taco 0011). That thing can push some heat! It was -35* at 8am and the house is at a comfortable 72*. Stay warm everyone!
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