Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:25 pm

I missed the coffee but is it too early to start on the hard stuff ???

Working my ass off here at the shop. The other day my daughter called to tell me about the upcoming snow and was disappointed that I was not too happy about it. Tried to explain to her that as busy as I am at work, having to deal with snow and plowing driveways doesn't allow me to get the work out the door. Let alone even think about starting the snowmobile.

And as my luck seems to be going, I finally had time to prep for the storm on Thursday night. Pulled the truck inside to make sure everything was good for hooking up the plow. Well the motor ran fine but the pump was not lifting the ram. Effin Great !!!!!! Took everything apart but couldn't find any issues. No problem I've got a Case 580C at home. Start heading home to find the most ill prepared and scared shitless drivers are in front of me preventing me from getting the hell home. It is not like the storm caught everyone off guard or anything. They were told to stay off the roads. But Noooooooo, they still try to get around. I spend considerable time and effort prepping my vehicle to handle the winter weather. Yet these yuppies with their Cadillac SUV's and soccer mom minivans just think they can handle anything. Then the roads get slick and they panic. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH. Took me 45 minutes vs. the normal 8 minutes to get home on main roads because they are too friggin scared or do not have the proper tires to go above 10-15 MPH !!!!!!

Then Friday morning rolls around. Go out to fire up the backhoe and it takes 1 1/2 hours to finally get it started up. Batteries too cold and I guess the block heater is not up to snuff. In the meantime, get the snowblower going and the wife takes over running it.

Finally open the driveway, get the vehicles shoveled out, and unbolt the plow motor. Load up the snowblower in the truck and head to work. Drop off the plow motor on the way. Unload the snowblower and find out that the darling wife must have hit something and bent the right side pig tail feed and took out the shear bolt. :mad: All of this she vehemently denies !!!! Get that in the shop and whack with the sledge to get it in place, replace the bolt and I'm off and running. Get the lot somewhat open and the day is almost gone. Then get stuck at shop waiting for customer to get his sprinter van.

This morning I get a call that the plow motor is basically done for. Would cost almost $400 to replace main piston rod and replace pump body. But they had a rebuilt with 1 year warranty for $477.00 That was a no brainer.

Heading home to hook up the blade and give it a go. Hopefully the rain tomorrow will soften up the remaining snow/slush/ice so I can get it out of the way for the next round.



OMG, I just realized that I'm starting to sound like Smitty with my tales of woe..........




Now where did I put that bottle ?????? :shots:




Rick
Rick 386
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:04 pm

Hi all,
Just got back from a quick trip down I-95 to Williamsburg and the grandbaby; baby and Mom doing well. Williamsburg is the perfect distance from us; too far to go down regularly but close enough to make a day trip of it if needed or for pleasure.

We didn't get the truly severe weather many others had. It warmed up somewhat today and tomorrow is forecast for the high to be in the mid-thirties with freezing rain. Monday is rainy with highs in the mid-thirties but overnight Monday the temperatures drop to single digits again, 5 degrees. The cold is going to go through Wednesday morning. It appears that winter has arrived.

The combination of stoves is keeping the house toasty without overheating any room. The Mark II is shouldering most of the heating and I’m running it with a mixture of pea and nut coal. The Mark I is humming along at 300* on just pea coal. It's only adding a few degrees of residual heat through the ceiling but that's enough to make a difference in the comfort level on the second floor. Our experience with two stoves has proven once again distribution is everything.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, stay warm, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:46 am

The last storm missed us in SE Michigan, except for those on the Ohio border. But tonight and tomorrow, we are getting hit hard by this latest storm. Forecast is for 8-12". I have friends in Ft Wayne and Auburn Indiana, and their forecast is for 12"-18".
Then, Monday and Tuesday, it's not supposed to get warmer than 0-2*F. and lows in the -10-15* range.. Yowza !!
And it's supposed to be very windy too.

I'm as ready as I can get, tractors and loaders have fresh batteries, I have extension cords to plug in block heaters. etc. The genset has several days of fuel ready, and there is plenty of food in the house.. I heard that the grocery stores were getting mobbed today.. LOL

I filled up the Hopper for the AA260, and emptied the ashpans, so I'm good for over a week.

Hopefully the drivers around here have had enough practice with driving in winter weather so far this year, that they won't be idiots and get stuck all over the roads..

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 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:55 am

This storm stayed south us us but now they say more freezing rain. Tonight another 1/4" of ice is on it's way. Then 1/2" of rain at 42 degrees for tomorrow, then down to 8 below tomorrow night? I will only be above freezing a few hours, not long enough to do any good at all. What a mess this winter has been & continues to be! There's just no end in sight.

Stay warm everyone....& stay safe too.
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 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Keving On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:06 am

Tim Sample says that in Maine we have 11 months of winter and one month of damn poor sledding. :lol:
Keving
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
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Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:43 am

Ice Coffee... finally Freddy's catering to me :dancing:

I heard temps are heading back into the 40's here! I just hope its enough to remove the coating of frozen tundra from under foot on the pavement... took a header yesterday in the driveway :cry: (did not brake a hip yet though so i guess im still considered young to some :punk: ). on another note... finally found a nice brandie new 30lb coal hod at the dump :clap: (been searching for a year... ill be damned if i was gonna pay $40.00 :mad: ).... i suggest everyone keep their eyes out for coal hods, nice fireplace screens, cast fireplace baskets, even fireplace tools (its crazy how much this stuff costs, yet how much these things are tossed out by so many as worthless).
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Kennebago On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:01 am

Good coffee - need it. Whether report says it's 17 and calm. NOT SO. It's 3 degrees and blowin steady over 20 gusts to 35. Weather report also says rain in mid 30's at 1:00 PM. Well what do you think the chances are of that? By the way, it's an airport weather station and about 8 miles away. Makes you not want to fly. Oh well, gotta go get a refill and then get ready for the ice attack!
Kennebago
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Coming Spring 2014
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Oak / Home Grand Restoration Projects
Other Heating: Arrgghh "Oil Boiler"

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:13 am

dcrane wrote: on another note... finally found a nice brandie new 30lb coal hod at the dump :clap: (been searching for a year... ill be damned if i was gonna pay $40.00 :mad: )....


Our dump has a new sign up informing us that removal of items is a crime and will be prosecuted. Bummer! People used to leave the nicer things over to the side for anyone who wanted them. That's how I got the "murder weapon;" an almost new large skillet. We called it the "murder weapon" for years because we thought that's the only reason anyone would have thrown it out.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:57 am

I used to hit our local dump back in the day for bicycle parts. Dad wasn't buying them, I couldn't afford them, so the dump was the only way! Once I got a crank out of an exercise bike. I threw it in my bicycle, and set land speed records ... until I hit the hills. I think that crank made one rotation every 100' of travel ... :lol:

Sad. Another part of America being chipped away. It's probably illegal because they want to cash in on the scrap, and squander the money like they do with our taxes. :mad: What times we live in ...


Geesh Rick! I thought I was reading my own post! Welcome to my world. Ain't it great? :P Just bustin' ... hope ya get that mountain of crap situated. Sucks having days like that! I seem to have more of them than most ... :lol:

Supposed to hit 54° or so tomorrow! Gotta love New England. Just wait 48 hours for a 59°+ temperature swing. People out in the eastern part of the state will be shoveling roofs to prevent collapse! They got hammered out there. We barely got 5".



And Thanks Chris - I'll bet I was "gladder" than you! :D Glad you got your plumbing situated there. I couldn't imagine what would happen to this place if we had no basement! Back when I was running the Mark III, the baseboard plumbing in the bathroom used to freeze up. If I turned the thermostat up to take the chill off, the oil boiler would fire ... but there was no circulation in the pipe. That bathroom is missing insulation in several places - you should feel that iron tub on your feet! When it gets to the single digits, that room gets damn cold!!

And to John ..... YES it is!

Also THANKS to ROB R. and everyone else who helped me out with that boiler install! CHEERS TO BEERS!
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 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:02 pm

OK, OK OK ! It's winter, I believe you!! NOW STOP SNOWING

Our 8-12" forecast missed the mark by a bit.. maybe by 100%.. From what I shoveled and pushed yesterday and
again late afternoon. And what I had to shovel to get out to the shop and coal boiler building... Well I think it's more like 18-24" .
Even in the wind-blown areas, where the wind has been 'removing' snow, there is 6-8" in the sheltered areas, where the amount on the ground since noon yesterday it looks like another 14-16" fell.

ONLY LOKI thinks this is fun.. LOL.. he's having a ball jumping in and out of the snow, rolling in it, sticking his nose in it to sniff, but his whole head disappears in the snow, up to the tips of his ears..

It was 11* at 7am, it has dropped to 9*, now at 11am.. serious minus cold numbers tonight..

OK, time to change into another set of DRY outdoor clothes and get back to it.

Greg
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 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:07 pm

I hate to sound like I'm rubbing this in Greg .... but it's now up to 56° here!! :o :shock: :o All the snow is gone .. again!

I know it won't last ... but I'm enjoying this. My floor is finally warm for a change. :lol:

I'm heating the house up to 75° to get the fire nice and big, and the house nice and warm, so I can shut the boiler down for a bit and clean the pipe and firetubes. Might even remove the top and vac that out too. Long overdue. Over 2 months of continuous operation, and there's a TON of flyash inside ...
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 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:17 pm

Better get to work Smitty. You only have a few hours until the cold is gonna be back!
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: KingCoal On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:11 pm

LsFarm wrote:OK, OK OK ! It's winter, I believe you!! NOW STOP SNOWING

Our 8-12" forecast missed the mark by a bit.. maybe by 100%.. From what I shoveled and pushed yesterday and
again late afternoon. And what I had to shovel to get out to the shop and coal boiler building... Well I think it's more like 18-24" .
Even in the wind-blown areas, where the wind has been 'removing' snow, there is 6-8" in the sheltered areas, where the amount on the ground since noon yesterday it looks like another 14-16" fell.

ONLY LOKI thinks this is fun.. LOL.. he's having a ball jumping in and out of the snow, rolling in it, sticking his nose in it to sniff, but his whole head disappears in the snow, up to the tips of his ears..

It was 11* at 7am, it has dropped to 9*, now at 11am.. serious minus cold numbers tonight..

OK, time to change into another set of DRY outdoor clothes and get back to it.

Greg


i hear ya neighbor, i agree with those snowfall estimates down here in south west elkhart county, indiana.

here's the local current conditions http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/46550

if you scroll down you'll find how far that's going to drop into tomorrow and early wed.

BUT............i have the DSM 1400 bi metal set at 4.6, the stove top is 525*, the intake flap is 1/8" open, MPD's are set to hold the mano. at -.04WC during the lulls between gusts and the house is a very livable 65* down stairs ( considering that's like 100* differntial when i came backin from shoveling the cars and drive out, i think that's great ) and warmer upstairs.

so, i have plenty of room to crank it up and we will just keep toastin' till they lift the travel ban.
KingCoal
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DSM 1400, Riteway # 37, Comforter Stove Works
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anth.
Other Heating: none
Stove/Furnace Model: 2013 1400 Circulator

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:33 pm

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:34 pm

Its been so cold out the politicians actually have their hands in their own pockets for a change.
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