Coffee 2-8-14

Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:48 am

Good morning, good morning. Come in out of the cold & have a hot cup of coffee, or tea if you care. There even hot choc'y for those in need. Breakfast sandwiches are coming off the grill. Grab one, find a seat & tell us a quick story. Lot's to do today so make it fast!

More snow this week & now, Brrrrr, minus three this morning. The coal pile is getting down, but we have to stay warm! It seems this winter will never end....but it will, it must! I promise the cold & snow will be gone before the 4th of July.

My welder buddy brought me a snowmobile seat to put a new cover on. I had him buy an aftermarket cover as it's quicker & cheaper than me making a one-off custom cover. He pointed out for me to be careful of where I put staples as the gas tank is part of the seat. What he didn't know was that when he took the old cover off, removing two of the staples left holes in his tank. Oh, yes, who ever reupholstered it last time stapled into the tank, and, the staples had plugged the holes! I gave him the bad news & it didn't bother him too much.... he put his welding skills to use and plastic welded the holes shut.

Enjoy the weekend.
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 2-8-14

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:10 am

Whew! Just blew in from 0* Land ! Been a Cold Week For Sure! Hope all have had their Power restored. Looking forward to keep chewing up these Winter Weeks. I've noticed the days getting longer,and I can't wait to not have on a couple of layers every time I go out the door! I do hope You Guys have been looking at Your Seed and Nursery Catalogs! Take Care,Gang! toothy
Hambden Bob
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Blower Model Coal Chubby 1982-Serial#0097
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: ricoman2737 On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:13 am

Good Morning Freddy and All,

22 below here is morning, EFM chugging along just like a Swiss watch. A hot cup of coffee will be fine this am. Not sure what the day will bring, but I know grand kids soccer is on the list. The wife is off to North Carolina later this week, so I know she'll leave me a list of honey do's. Everybody have a safe and fun weekend. - John
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat
Other Heating: Lennox Fuel Oil boiler as a backup
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:22 am

Mornin people--yeah, you too HB :) Outstanding coffee as always Freddy. -15 here on the hill, hmmm, by july 4th??? I'll take it. Aside from plowing damn near all week, my highlight was having breakfast with my buddy (Forum member)from over the hill-- ricoman. Went to Wally World & bought new skivvies & socks--ya know when I'm tellin ya that, it's been an awful boring week :clap: toothy Have a warm week-end all. The 50-93 just keeps doin her job at a nice 74*
freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:26 am

Morning all!! They took the weekend snow out of the forecast for us late this week so its just the cold we have to deal with. A couple layers and all will be well. Caught a break on the balky septic pump yesterday. Rather than having to replace the pump, it was a bad float switch that kept it from coming on - half the float was missing. Much 'nicer' to replace that since it was cheaper and didn't require a trip into the pump tank to do it!!

I am going to fire up the stoker in the shop today and clean house out there. Anybody interested in a small delta jointer for $100?? No shipping, gotta come pick it up though!
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: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:34 am

Morning all!
Green tea (YUCK!) and Krispy Kremes (YUMMY) for breakfast!

Its a balmy 37f right now, soon to be in the 50's, with chance of rain today.
The only thing I don't like about these non-freezing temps, is when I reload the coal bin that's on our back porch, the front-end loader leaves ruts in the lawn. I guess I'll have to level those out, in the spring.
Bulk coal pile got ALOT smaller this year. Maybe 2 or 3 more seasons left in it, before I reorder another load.
F-Fred, you MUST be bored.... posting about yer skivys now, are ya? ;)
Hey Ricoman, whereabouts is your wife heading? She is more than welcome to make a pit stop here. We are 30 minutes off of 85 or 95.
Freddy, I have seen staples in the gas tank/seat before. I don't know why people think that'll work, its cheaper to just do it right the first time. Or they can always fix it with my favorite tool.... a couple rolls of duck tape! :lol:

Well, I guess we are going to have a bunch of rug rats running around this house this afternoon. Its my daughters 9th birthday today(Yeah, we had our kids late in life. REALLY LATE in life ). I guess I'll be working out in the barn the whole time. Anyways, I got some small engine repairs I have been putting off until spring. Might as well start on those projects.
I also just found out that my wife's Subaru Outback is not running in AWD. Its just been Front-Wheel-Drive since we got it back from the dealers to have the transfer case clutch and shifting solenoid replaced. You would thinks they would make sure the rear tires were actually spinning before they gave it back! I'll get it up on the lift and tear it down myself. At least it is an easy and fun project to work on. Not having the time to do it myself led me to take it to the dealer in the first place. Oh well... live and learn...

I restocked my diesel and Kero supply yesterday. At least those fuels came down in price, I got Off-road for $3.65 and the Off-road K1 was $3.40 not cheap anymore, but better than it had been.
I found a close dealer that also supplys Ethanol-free high-test. Since I do so little driving during the week, I think I'll just fill the car with that. Sometimes I go 2 months before I have to refill, and I don't want that ethanol messing up the car, like it does all my chainsaws. Oh, I did find a additive from STA-BIL specifically for Ethanol fuel. Heres the link.... ... UTF8&psc=1
I haven't tried it yet, so I can't vouch for it.
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:39 am

Good morning everyone. The coffee is great. My daughter is testing for her next belt in Tang so do today. I am excited for her.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:43 am

For once I am the NY guy with the warm weather. 15 ABOVE at my house. :clap:

Just fired the plow truck up, need to take the dog to get a haircut. :roll: My dad bought a new extension ladder yesterday...mentioned that it is tall enough to reach his satellite dish, so I guess it is time to take it down and put up the antenna I bought him.
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

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:55 am

Good morning all! A balmy 20 degrees here this morning. Plan for today is to schlep through the snow to my coal pile and bucket down a bunch to top off the small bin just outside the boiler room. It holds about a half ton. This summer's plan is to build a proper coal bin. Unfortunately, there is just nowhere near the boiler the truck can deliver. Enjoy your day all! Stay warm!
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:05 am

Good morning! It was WARM overnight!! only about 0*, maybe +1*.. a big improvement!!

My coal pile definitely is shrinking faster this year than normal.. But, that's what it's for. To keep the house and shop WARM !

I think it's time to shovel the snow drift off the back deck.. I don't want that snow-melt water against basement walls. not that they leak, just would prefer the water, when it finally melts to water [June? ] to not be under the deck.

I've been working in the shop, pulling down a '25 Pierce engine.. It will get the cylinders bored oversize, new forged pistons with modern rings, a good valve job with new exhaust valves. And a few other items it needs..
This car and engine will get probably 1000 miles on it this year,, no, it might even get 3000 miles.. I've got several meets and tours planned.

We had some sunshine yesterday, and I had cleaned off most of the solar panels. so I made some KWH's.. December and January were so cloudy and snowy, that I've used up my stored credits and will have an electrical bill again.. :mad:

Well time to get to work..

Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: ricoman2737 On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:54 pm


Check your Pm's.

Thanks - John
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat
Other Heating: Lennox Fuel Oil boiler as a backup
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:56 pm

Freddy, where the hell are all the people at? 10 posts in 13 1/2 HRS :o common people were not that boring are we? Well not much happening here just a easy laid back day,had my first brake down with my Ford this week but It still didn't leave me on the side of the road.I lost my passenger bank injector harness(under the valve cover) on the way to work had to drive 10MI to work and another 45MI home starting off with the transfer case in low,shifting the trans through 6 gears and then shifting the transfer case into high just to get going :shock: (when I did a ohms test on the harness I found that CYL's 1,3,5,7 were dead)I can't believe that that 7.3 ran on only 4 cylinders I would have lost that bet but for sure. It didn't have *censored* for power but it ran and got me home.I got it fixed the next day for a mere $94.00(with a Chinese made harness from Ford :mad: but that story is in another thread)I am burning through the coal this year as like most of you probably are but like LSfarm said that's what it for :) but at least were warm :dancing:.Take care and stay safe,Keepaeyeonit
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: urdahere On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:10 pm

Our old 1830's farm house was really popping last night. This morning when I checked the thermometer I found out why. Just a minus 23 here in the Groton City burbs.

LL Pocono was holding the temp at a comfortable 72. Love that furnace.
-23 on 2-8-14.JPG
(169.12 KiB) Viewed 8 times
View: New PagePopup • Select:BBCode
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:25 pm

Whew ... friggin tired today. Ran around all day yesterday with my dad, then spent all day fixing a few things around here. I've learned that I just hate people. :lol: I get so annoyed when I leave my neighborhood and venture out into civilization. Especially into the city. Hate that place!! :x

Hmm new skivvies and socks ... I should do that too. Been 10 years, at least! They all have excellent .... ventilation ... toothy

Hey Greg - post up some pics of the guts of that thing, will ya? Always love seeing inside real American engines. 8-)

Almost forgot my weekly weather report! Been not too bad over here - mid 20's to 30° during the day, upper single digits to teens at night. Definitely noticing a warming trend to go with the extra daylight. Certainly ain't warm ENOUGH though ...

Man I'll tell ya - things go in cycles around here. This week, was BATTERY week. First, the Marquis ate a brand new, less-than-one-year-old battery, thanks to Autozone's chinese voltage regulator on their remanufactured alternator. Brought that one back from the dead (4 volts), and returned the alternator so I can buy a GOOD one.

THEN ... I go to take a ride in the truck, and THAT'S friggin dead!! WTF!?! 3.74 volts on that one! Just drove it the day before to yank my Polaris out of the ditch - fired right up, ran perfect -everything was good, and nothing was left on overnight. I swear GM programs these things to self-destruct after so many years. Guess they want people driving Toyotas ... can't figure their logic ... but anyway .... blasted that battery with 60A for a while, then 20A ... then another 60A, then threw on my 3 stage de-sulphating charger for a couple days. Seems ok now. Had better start taking my deep cycle boat battery with me ....

7 year old battery ... but I normally get 10 or more. Then again .. this is 2014 .. and the battery was built in '07, which means 7 years is doing pretty good. Wonder how batteries will be now that the last lead smelter in the USA was closed by obama's militant government wing, also known as the EPA? :mad: Already hearing the new batteries are total garbage. It's only gonna get worse ...

Saved myself over $200 in batteries this week, so guess I can't complain too loudly .... yet ...
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee 2-8-14

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:06 am

Hi Smitty, it's just a big inline 6 cylinder flat head engine. l like in an old tractor.
But, I'll be glad to post some photos.
It's big, 3.5" x5" engine, 289 cubic inch engine. 7 main bearings. the front, center and rear main bearings are each 3" long.
The engine had it's original thin-cast iron pistons. since they are the same metal as the cylinder block. so the normal piston/cylinder wall clearance new is .002". This engine has a lot of wear. .010-.012" taper in the cylinders. with .012-..018" piston/cylinder clearance. It really rapped and knocked when cold.. And burnt oil..
Exhaust valves and seats pretty badly pitted and leaking.

I"ll get some photos tomorrow.

Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland