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.
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!!
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.
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 ...