Hambden Bob wrote:
From Stoker Don's last pic,it looks like the "Yellow Flame Kitty" is on his way to lend a hand! Sorry both You and The Stove have been down. You are a wee bit of a reach from Ohio. Both Yourself and BeemerBoy have given us yet another insight to what can go wrong to separate You from Your Coal Heat. The both of you have had me thinking about it. Self Sufficiency can become a Stinker at times like this. Fortunately,I'll get this dilemma worked out if possible to meet a threat that may incapacitate me for a while. [i]
[/i]Fluid Up,Get the Rest as You can and Keep those Lungs Clear.
Wow!!!! 3 1/2 days without the coal stove running and I could feel every draft and temperature difference in every room in the house. The coal stove puts off continuous heat rather than the pulsating heat supplied by a thermostat. The stove has been running only 30 minutes and I can feel a difference already. It's a bone penetrating constant overall heat that can't be matched by anything else.
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and the wonderful thoughts. I am out of bed again and was feeling frisky enough to take the ash pan to the basement and CAREFULLY shovel it's contents into a 5 gallon bucket..... much to my wife's protests. I put a starter bag in the stove, raked some coal over it and fired it off again. My wife called our son and he is going to come over and shovel us out and bring in the four buckets of coal I have in the Subaru. That will last us until Monday which is my normal coal day and I will be up and around again by then.
Knowing that my wife has fragile health and we are both in our early 60's and not getting younger, I have two backup heating systems neither of which is dependent on electricity. One is the coal/wood/anything that will fit in it hot water heater in the basement piped through the oil boiler and the second is our propane kitchen stove.
If you are going to depend on any type of system that requires physical hands on to run it then you better make sure you have a backup system that you can fire up when your down. It's not a matter of if...,.. its a matter of when. And don't just put it in and expect it to work. Test it out while you well and moving around. When your down and seeing double even with your new glasses on like I was doing is not the time to be fussing with something you didn't fully check out when you could.
We had our oil boiler and when I realized I was about to go down with the flu all I had to do was switch the flue pipe from the hot water heater to the oil boiler. I have one pipe going to the chimney that I simply swivel the 90 elbow from the hot water heater to the boiler depending on what I want to run. I test the boiler once a month just to make sure it works. When I needed it everything was ready and everything worked according to plan.
Thanks again to everyone for your well wishes and thoughts. Good to know that there is another family that I haven't met yet out there.
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