Ice, Ice, Baby

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:21 pm

We didn't get hit too badly, mostly all rain after about 1/4" of ice. We did lose our power this morning at 4:30 and it stayed out until about 10:30. I didn't start the generator until 7 and the stoker held the fire all that time which surprised me for the flat grate style in the old harman.

That was the good news, the bad news was finding out the sump pump in the basement crapped out as i was making the rounds checking on things. After a couple hours and two trips to the hardware store I had one back in the crock and pumping water.

This is the third pump to go bad on me this winter. The first was the pump in the outside sump pit about a month ago and the second is the pump in the septic pump tank at the rental which went bad yesterday and is to be replaced probably Friday. Only two more pumps to go and it will be a clean sweep!! :mad:
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: Lu47Dan On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:30 pm

Sam, I got about 6" here in Vernon Twp. Spent 2-1/2 hrs plowing snow with my Super-H, the wind has started blowing pretty good here. I am expecting drifting by morning here. :roll:
I am hoping to get some wood cut this weekend.
Dan.
Lu47Dan
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Sears circulator air tight stove.
Other Heating: Crown 115,000 BTU oil fired boiler(house) Weil Mclain 150,000BTU oil fired boiler(Shop)

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:38 pm

Up on top of the hill you'll get less snow but more than likely more wind, the neighbor just finished plowing my driveway & I would say at least 10" if not more. It always dumps the moisture here heading across the flats. They claim there is plenty more where this came from off & on all month. :o
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


Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:01 pm

Just Thrilling! We're getting Lake Affected now. The "Storm Of The Century" was a Bust for us....Good....We bounced back and forth from Snow to Freezing Rain this a.m......Winds Up,let the Drifting begin!...Stay Warm,Gang! toothy
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: coalkirk On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:20 pm

Things went from bad to worse. Had a large tree come down. Took out the overhead ones between poles, snapped off one pole and broke 2 others. No power in the whole neighborhood. Also no landline phone or tv cable.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:24 pm

Crap,CK ! I've seen too much of that in my Career. Hunker Down,keep the Heat,and they'll be along to nail that after they have the Larger Outages,Hospitals,Police&Fire Power back on. Any idea Appx how many Homes are dark from that Smash?
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: Dennis On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:24 pm

just got electric back,was out 19 hrs. and I think there are alot more that will be out for a couple days
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:29 pm

Holy crapper! You guys got hammered over there Kirk! :o

We ended up with over a foot today. Said it was supposed to stop at 11 this morning .... and it continues to flurry right now! More fun on the way for this weekend too ...

Spent 8 hours out there non-stop cleaning up. Put 15 plowing miles on the Polaris, and used 3 gallons of gas. Also burned up a full tank in the snowblower.

Glad I rebuilt the thing this summer - I used the hell out of her today!
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: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:45 pm

I wish we had gotten a foot of snow instead of the icy mess we have,busted trees & limbs,had a pine snap a major limb which hung on by a few splinters & stayed up in the tree dangling dangerously & stubbornly just hung on,even later, after the whole top of that tree came down it still hung on waiting for some one to walk close ,so it could strike.I shot 13 rounds with 22 rifle to finally bring it down ! :rambo3: Wind has picked up ,it sounds awful out there,tomorrow we will see if more trees came down or if the ice finally unloaded.
windyhill4.2
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Other Heating: Oaktree OWB 600K

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: Lu47Dan On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:42 am

Sam, I like that " up on the hill", I live north of Whispering Pines Golf Course on Cotton Road on top of the next hill from the club house.
It is snowing here but it is just light snow, not the heavy stuff we were getting here earlier.
I will have to finish up moving snow tomorrow.
Need to borrow the neighbors 5075m JD tomorrow to move my log piles, while the ground is frozen.
Stay warm guys.
Dan.
Lu47Dan
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Sears circulator air tight stove.
Other Heating: Crown 115,000 BTU oil fired boiler(house) Weil Mclain 150,000BTU oil fired boiler(Shop)

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: kstills On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:27 am

Just north of Philly, power was out for 11 hours yesterday and I consider my self lucky to get it back. House temp went from 71 to 60 before I got the boiler back on line, and then it took a good 6 hours to get it back up to temp.

Indirect kept the hot water hot for 11 hours, as soon as we had electric back all six of us were able to take showers. Boilermate for the win!

Yard looks like I was on Obama's drone strike list, however. I had 4 40foot white pines, and a good 1k lbs of branches have flattened all the landscaping that was underneath them. :(
kstills
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: WL 110
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: Ashcat On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:23 pm

We're in our 38th hour without power now, in Chester County. At one point yesterday, 87% of the county was without power. Of the three possible approaches by road to our house, two are blocked by downed trees. With no attempt so far to remove them, I suspect we're looking at a minimum of another few days without power. The Hitzer insert fan is powered by a deep cycle battery hooked up to a Tripp-Lite inverter/charger. By the end of the day, the deep cycle has run down while we're at work. I start up the Kitco generator for 4-5 hours after work and an hour or so in AM, so we have lights, propane stove, hot water, well pump, first floor propane heat if needed, and some outlets. I try to keep a second deep cycle charged and switch to that to get the Hitzer fans thru the night. So far the refrigerator and freezer seem to be keeping things cold/frozen on that generator schedule.

We have no cable TV but have cable internet at the moment--that's never happened before. I got 30 gal of gas today in Wilmington, so that should get us thru the weekend if necessary.
Ashcat
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Blaschak

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: joeq On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:41 pm

Hang in there ashcat. Hope they get you up and running before the weekend.
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: Ashcat On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:48 pm

joeq wrote:Hang in there ashcat. Hope they get you up and running before the weekend.

I hope so too--especially since we're having weekend guests from North Carolina: my daughter, her newly minted fiance, and his mother (who I've not yet met!). Welcome to Pennsylvania :D , but they should leave with a new appreciation for Pennsylvania anthracite, and for generators.
Ashcat
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 983
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Blaschak

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby

PostBy: joeq On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:01 pm

Be careful what you wish for. They may not want to leave. :D
joeq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac Gotha 513
Stove/Furnace Make: Oil fired
Stove/Furnace Model: Thermopride