Coffee 1-11-14

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:03 pm

Hello,Gang ! I chose a leisurely path into the Coffee House this morning! Freddy,You are The Purveyor Of Saturday Morning Joy! Good to see so many Cold Weather Survivors stopping in. This warm up sure looks like a good time to reclaim lost opportunities outside.I'm sitting at 47* with the bulk of the rain having moved through on the overnight. I hope all the New Folks that have found us enjoy what Our Little Corner Of Coal World has to offer on a Long Term Basis ! Enjoy it all,Gang ! :lol:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:50 pm

56 degrees here, the heaviest rain is about to arrive. Guess the boiler gets a day off, I switched on the draft inducer. Harman is backed down too.
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Cleaned out all the ash that missed the pan. I leave the ash pan in the stove after shaking, empty it before the next shake, no hot embers to carry around.
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After shaking
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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 1-11-14

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:01 pm

Good morning everyone, [almost afternoon ! ] Lots of rain overnight, lost about half the snow, and unfortunately the rain uncovered the ice from before Christmas. It was much nicer to walk and drive on packed snow.
But, it's supposed to continue to be warm for a few days. so maybe the ice will melt..
If not, I know where there is a lot of coal ash !!

The road out front was ice and packed snow. The county truck came by to spread sand.. He slid right off into the swamp. They brought in a big wrecker/tow truck, but couldn't get the right angle.

I couldn't walk on the wet-ice road surface, so I walked through one of my barn-lot spaces.. went through the tree/fence-line. I offered the crew to hook onto a good sized tree on my property, They were concerned about hurting the tree.. I laughed, said there was no shortage of trees in the fence-line.

They wrapped a strap around the base of the tree, I think the tree was at least 18-20" at the base. Then a snatch-block was attached to the strap, the cable run through the block then to the truck.. The angle was much better.

I watched the crew fall several times and went back to get a loader scoop of ash to scatter on the ice. but by the time I got back they were just starting the second pull. I didn't get too close, I don't like steel cables under tension.

Fun stuff this morning.

I haven't yet been able to make my %%#$##$$% phone send the photos or the videos.. Damned 'technology'.

Greg

Finally got the photos to show up.

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Photo taken from in front of my barn.
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I swear I see daylight under the rear wheels !
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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 1-11-14

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:09 pm

Hi boys I see things are good at Freddy's this soggy morning although our friend Greg is having some issues dealing with modern tools[quote="LsFarm"]
I haven't yet been able to make my %%#$##$$% phone send the photos or the videos.. Damned 'technology'.] you fly jets I think you will figure it out :lol:. Took a load of scrap in this morning to my buddy who owns the yard and our Big brother( Ohio or the Feds not really sure) is looking out for us again ( they are in the process of installing this system)now they take a pic of your licenses plate, your face, and the scrap then send it to a data base along with what it is and how much $ they paid you, now how long will it be before they send you a 1099 for it? :mad: but as usual there telling us it to prevent scrap theft but we all know that's BS. I think it's one step closer to doing away with cash and doing everything electronically so there's no cheating them out of there $$$ but on the other hand the Government doesn't like competition( more for them to steal but we know they don't steal :roll: ) I'm sitting here at a skating rink with my daughter for a birthday party watching all the moms :D other then spending time with her mom watching is the best :up:.
Did anyone have cold weather problems this week? Non for me except the house was only 72* but I didn't want the stove running over 625* although I did burn 230# in four days which was the most I ever did in the last four years. Take care guys and have a good upcoming week.
Keepaeyeonit
Keepaeyeonit
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983 insert
Coal Size/Type: Mammoth nut
Other Heating: oil furnace,and a crappy heat pump

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:26 pm

:D :shock: Airplane computers are set up so that us older guys can find the right button really easy. It's not buried three or four layers or pages deep. That are so 'intuitive' to the computer minded folks.

And, why does a phone take videos that are too large to attach to an email so you can send them to yourself? If they are too large, why isn't there a selection RIGHT THERE next to the notice that the video is too large, to shrink the video so it CAN BE ATTACHED ?? Where do they HIDE the $$#$#@% 'shrink it' button/selection? I get so mad at times I feel like 'shrinking' the whole %%#$$#@ phone with sledge hammer !!

If the video of the truck coming out of the ditch was really exciting I'd probably download it to a chip, and use the chip to transfer it to my laptop, but while it's entertaining, the truck didn't lay on it's side, or the tree get up-rooted. so I'll probably not bother to mess with it.

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 1-11-14

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:57 pm

Guess Michigan DOT don't believe in tire chains, and secondly if road's that icey why didn't they back into it to cinder ahead of the trucks direction of travel????
wilder11354
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:17 pm

wilder11354 wrote:Guess Michigan DOT don't believe in tire chains, and secondly if road's that icey why didn't they back into it to cinder ahead of the trucks direction of travel????



Not my truck syndrome? :) Still sucks I hope the driver doesn't get into too much trouble.
Flyer5
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:38 pm

And, why does a phone take videos that are too large to attach to an email so you can send them to yourself? If they are too large, why isn't there a selection RIGHT THERE next to the notice that the video is too large, to shrink the video so it CAN BE ATTACHED ?? Where do they HIDE the $$#$#@% 'shrink it' button/selection? I get so mad at times I feel like 'shrinking' the whole %%#$$#@ phone with sledge hammer !!


If I remember correctly I think the iPhone does that, at least that's what I remember last time I took a vid that was too long and tried to email it. It has the option of taking a portion of the video and emailing it. Is your phone an iPhone or something else?
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 1-11-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:00 pm

This morning I wondered what I would do today... I shortly thereafter found out. I fought Old Man Winter once again. We lost power for 5 hours today. Good grief! I finally went & borrowed a generator. ( mine tossed a main bearing during the ice storm) Just as I got home with it two things happened. We got our power back and a friend that lives 3 miles away lost his! I got a call from his daughter "Can you come help? Dad's oxygen is running out & we need the generator hooked up". OK.... that got done. This winter just keeps sucking more & more!

We had way more ice than predicted this morning. The driveway was glare, hard, wet ice and the road was the same. I could have grabbed a video of the sand truck backing up past our house this morning. He had chains on too! Just past my house is a short, steep hill that necessitated him backing up. Speaking of which.... I saw a pickup truck try to come down said hill a few hours before the sand truck. Oh, he came down OK.... head first, then tail first, then head again. He managed to stop before he went into the creek....but he sat in the truck for over an hour before he tried to move again. I think he phoned home for clean undies. LOL

I took a little video on my flip phone, but the sound isn't playing now that I moved it to the computer. What's with that? I was going to show you how slippery it was out front.
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 1-11-14

PostBy: Keving On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:09 pm

Hi Freddy, I've been cleaning the basement workshop today and listening to the Bangor radio station, sounds like a demolition derby going on up there in the cement jungle. We are getting all rain here and the temps have been warm enough to keep things from icing. Winds are howling, getting the predicted 50mph and then some.
Took a day off from work yesterday and had a great day of iceboating, looking forward to some even better iceboating after this new rain Zamboni's the ponds.
Keving
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130
Coal Size/Type: Kimmel pea coal

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:42 pm

Hi Freddy, thanks for the coffee. I spent the day digging. Bad time of year for septic problems, but it is what it is.

Brought along some info for 'smokerdude also. Skunks don't truly hibernate:
http://www.interestinganimals.net/do_sk ... rnate.html

Have a good day everyone.
SWPaDon
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous. Labeled as 'Big Vein', about the size of acorns. Makes a lot of ash, but heats well and lasts longer than my previous coal.

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:33 pm

Oh God,not the 'Ye Olde Winter Septic System Dilemma ! Good Luck,My Friend ! :flush:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:35 pm

Skunks when??

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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

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:43 pm

Ahhhh, one of the grandkids dropped in--lil stinkers-- :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Coffee 1-11-14

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:18 pm

Well, backing up doesn't work with these trucks, the sand spreader is belly-mounted.. so the rear tires drive on the fresh sanded surface..
The truck driver said that he was balancing on the fairly sharp crown of the road, but the front tires slid off center and even with the rear tires locked on the sanded ice, the truck slid down the crown and went sideways off the side of the road. I can't blame the driver. I saw the tracks and skid marks..

I talked with a buddy up in central Michigan, he said the road commission trucks up there are running chains on all wheels.

The truck from my swamp went back to the road commission garage, got chains installed on the rear tires, he stopped by to thank me again for the help. He said his boss took the truck out WITH the chains, and promptly went into a ditch.. LOL. So he's off the hook.

We have some twisting up and down hill, crowned sections on my road.. He said he's not sure yet how he's gonna handle it.

It's going to be freezing drizzle tonight..

More fun.. LOL..

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