Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

Coffee 1-4-14 Perhaps Iced coffee

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:13 am

Oh my goodness. If we have coffee on the porch it will surely be iced coffee! The thermometer is resting at minus 20.4F. Brrrrrr They missed the prediction. It was supposed to only get down to minus 5. The headlines on AOL today said "Arctic vortex to deliver the coldest air in years" and "We have only seen the opening act". I think they are talking in the south. Around here the next week is supposed to be not so bad.

OK.... There's fresh Gevalia house blend coffee brewed & waffles abound. Come on in, warm up & stay a spell. How are you doing? Coal holding up? Is everyone warm enough? The Axeman Anderson keeps chugging along and easily does it's job. To this day it amazes me that a little puddle of glow in it's gut can comfortably heat every corner of the house....and provide hot water. I think the most comfort comes from knowing we have all the fuel for the entire season on site. I always worry a bit about oil burning people....one snag in the supply line and a whole lot of bad news could occur.

Man....it's Jan 4th and it seems we are ready for Spring. Lot's of years winter doesn't really get started until now. We sit here wishing for it to end & for an early Spring, but it's more likely that this winter has just begun. Maybe if we all open our doors for 5 minutes at exactly noon we can change the heat of the season. Wanna try?

What's you favorite cold expression? I have two: "Colder than a bankers heart" and "Colder than a well diggers knee".

Hug your loved ones and take care my friends.
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

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PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:27 am

Good morning. Looks like it will get above 0F later today, first time in four days. Yesterday all of our trucks at work had gelled diesel fuel, some folks I know had frozen pipes, one guy even had a piece of sludge plug the oil line going to his boiler. Stressful times for a lot of people.

My dad says this is the kind of weather that keeps everyone honest. It exposes the fuel companies that are not treating their diesel properly, anyone that is running a battery overdue for replacement, anyone that didn't bury a water line at the recommend depth, didn't check a heat tape, didn't have their oil boiler service, didn't change the tank filter...etc. His way of saying it exposes all of the weak links.

There are still people without power from the ice storm, I certainly hope they have other ways of heating their home.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

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PostBy: toomuchtax On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:25 am

Good morning, just some hot chocolate for me, I am off to work to do snow removal. Everyone try to stay warm and have a nice day. Ken
toomuchtax
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker k6
Coal Size/Type: Buck Lehigh / Anthracite


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PostBy: coalkirk On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:33 am

Freddy I can't begin to imagine -20. It's 4 here this am. I may have bragged prematurely yesterday about my boiler. My tstat setpoint is holding at 69 but my boiler temp dropped to 144. It was holding steady there but my air handler was running non-stop. I've increased the coal feed and knocked the vent draft back to .02. Temp is climbing...at 152 now. I've got to go check but live coal has to be very close to the edge of the grate now.

When I was a kid my next door neighbor was a state trooper. His favorite cold saying was colder than a well diggers ass in the Klondikes.

Rob your dad is a wise man. This weather will show all the warts. :lol:
Stay warm and safe. As soon as it's light I'm going to check on an elderly neighbor. This weather is deadly if there is a problem.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

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PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:39 am

Holy cow its a a touch COLLLDDD out thier this morning! Im sorry Fred but Im bummin 2 cups this morning, I'll drop some extra change in the kitty today ;) . So I helped out a family member and gave them my oil hot air furnace, told them I was puttin in a boiler and they needed one. I thought to myself it doesnt get that cold out thier anymore..... WRONG. But let me tell ya, my second hand 1988 Harman Mark 3 has my home comfortably runnin at 70 degrees, with -12 outside to boot! Keep warm folks!
anthony7812
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

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PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:44 am

Nice warm up breakfast Freddy:) Other then feedin the horses AM & PM & recycle down to the Town Barn--real good day to hunker down inside. -7 here on the hill. Stay safe & warm people. Over the years I've heard so many COLD statements--but one always comes to the forefront *censored*, IT's COLD :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

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PostBy: jpete On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:08 am

My favorite cold expression comes from a man I was privileged to know for a short while, "Colder than a well diggers @ss" but my standby is "Colder than a witch's tit in a brass bra."

Looks like it's approximately zero here now. Not sure what the high is going to be but they claim 40's and rain by Sunday and then back into the cold stuff. New England weather at it's finest.

I took it easy yesterday. I figure if work is going to tell me to stay home, I might as well take advantage. Only worked a few hours on snow removal. Today is going to have to be different. I've got plenty of projects, just not sure which one I'll tackle.

Maybe I'll sit here and drink coffee with whoever stops by. :D
jpete
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

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PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:10 am

Morning boys, I hope your all staying warm! Good eats and drinks this cool brisk morning Freddy. Holy cow Freddy,You have some pretty cool temps there :o but I'm sure your AA can handle it :D . I thought I fixed my cold water line thats feeds the kitchen sink but I didn't it still froze but I'm sure it will thaw sometime today as the high will be over freezing,so I just added that to my list for today along with new front tires for my truck and what ever else I can find to do. Take care
Keepaeyeonit
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983 insert
Coal Size/Type: Mammoth nut
Other Heating: oil furnace,and a crappy heat pump

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PostBy: GA cracker On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:12 am

Waffles are great Freddy. It's 4 here and no wind this am. The Mark 111 had a little trouble keeping up last night however, spending just a little time in engineering in the basement things are warming up again. Cold exp. Cold as a witches tit.
C.
GA cracker
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark iii
Coal Size/Type: nut
Other Heating: Central heat and air

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PostBy: the snowman On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:18 am

Morning all,

Freddy, I don't believe I will be participating in the opening the door at noon thing. I want the cold weather and snow, besides I would have to burn more coal if I opened my doors. We were suppose to be down to -27 F last night, however, I don't believe we made it. Currently the temp is -21.5 F and it appears to be on the rise.

You guys are correct about the cold making everyone and everything honest. I found out first hand yesterday, the battery in my Ferguson 35 is too old for this cold temps. I had to jump the tractor to get it started. With temps above zero the battery turned over the engine just fine, however, at temps of minus 21,22, and 23 F the battery showed its age and need to be replaced. It is a good thing I replaced the battery in the truck this fall. Installed a 1050 cold cranking amp battery in the truck, expensive, however, it is worth every penny.

The cold temps definitely brings to light the areas of the house where insulation is low. The coal stoves are able to overcome the heat loss of the house, I just notice more the areas of the house that need attention. The only cold weather saying I have is the one I use with people who know my love of winter and cold temps,"How about this cold weather huh?"

It is another working weekend since I really need to finish the custom solid cherry kitchen cabinets and install them before Tuesday. I don't make kitchen cabinets anymore, however, this long standing customer I made an exception and it reminds me why I don't make such detailed and complicated cabinets anymore. It is the installing part I don't care for. Anyway, I need to get this day started, I hope everyone stays warm and safe. I hope everyone has a productive weekend and don't forget to check on your elderly neighbors during this cold snap.

The snowman.
the snowman
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

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PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:29 am

WOW! -5.5° out there right now, and has been for the past 6 hours ... and 2 hours prior to that, it was -4°.

If there was any good test of a heating system, this is it! ANY weaknesses will be shown in full light, at least anyone in the northeast at least. :shock:

That said, I want to take a minute again - especially right now - to thank Jim Dorsey for his FRIGGIN' AMAZING boiler, his generosity, and his friendship. May you Rest In Peace old friend. Your memory lives on!! :notworthy:

Burned 40 lbs. of coal in 6 HOURS - WOW!! That's a record consumption rate for this place. It's all good though .. because for the first 2 months the boiler ran, I saved nearly a ton of coal over using the handfired Mark III during the warmer fall temps ! Yesterday we burned 80 lbs. in 20 hours. Got up to 10° for the high. I looked like a yetti yesterday after plowing on the ATV for a couple hours out there in the single digits. At first, I was snowblowing with no hat! My ears had ICE on them, and the side of my face was in great PAIN ... so had to take a break and try to find my damn winter hat. Turns out it was in my truck. Went back at it. Hair and face were all frost LOL!

I geared up to venture out and fire up the carbureted Blazer for the wifey this morning. Turned key, waited till pump shut down, pumped twice, pull choke, crank for 2 seconds, VROOM! Ignition! Starts quicker than my '07 Silverado. 8-) Life is good at the compound.

My prayers to those less fortunate - may they weather this weather!

My cats want no part of this crap ... :lol:
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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

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PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:36 am

7:15AM Minus 22.9F
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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

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PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:39 am

And I thought my house was warm! :o :lol: 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

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PostBy: samhill On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:56 am

Good morning all, nice & toasty outside in these parts, we already got to +10 & it isn't even 8AM a regular heat wave. However I don't think you guy's got my first wife's anatomy down quite right, it's her left tit on a Sunday morning that's the coldest. I should have figured that out when my tongue got stuck when we were dating but you know the old story of being young & dumb, I'll leave it at that. Hope everyone is safe, warm & careful it's so cold the ice fishermen aren't even going out wet.
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

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PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:58 am

:funny: :clap: Nice one Sam!
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