Coffee 5-10-14

Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 10, 2014 5:27 am

Good morning! The coffee is hot & the time is right. Come on in, share a moment & get your weekend off to a good start. I'm thinking good ol' blueberry pancakes will welcome Freetown Fred back as good as anything. Good to see you back Fred! We luv you, but you can't have all the maple syrup. Pass it on over. :)

We took a road trip to "North Camp" on Thursday. The forecast called for 73* here & 72 there. It got to 72 here & 58 there. Yowza! The wind was stiff & steady. What a time we had keeping the sandwiches on the picnic table. It took two hours to get the camp up to 70 degrees. Once we did it was comfy & we had a game of dice & then took a good nap. Ahhhhh. I'm thinking we should move up there for the summer.

I may have shut down the Axeman a week early. It's been frosty almost every morning. Sheesh! The weather man said that Thursday was the first time in 209 days that it was above 70. That's one long Winter & one slow Spring!

Hope you all have a fine weekend. Enjoy!
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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 5-10-14

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat May 10, 2014 5:31 am

Good morning. MMMmmmm Blueberry pancakes. Good coffee as well. Hopefully get out on the jetski today and get some odds and ends done.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pioneer

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat May 10, 2014 5:55 am

Good morning. We had a warm afternoon yesterday, but it is raining hard and cold this morning. My EFM is still providing heat, and I am glad to have it.

I had something interesting happen this week. I got home from work on Wednesday, and my wife informed me that the kitchen stove (propane) didn't work. She had cut up a bunch of meat and veggies to cook in a skillet, but none of the burners would light. I decided to start troubleshooting at the source, which was a 100 gallon propane tank beside the garage. I got outside, and imagine my surprise when I discovered that the tank and regulator were gone and only the copper pipe remained. My first thought was theft...but then I realized that nothing else had been touched, and the tank is not visible from the road whoever took it did not damage the lawn at all and took the time to unscrew the fittings rather than just cut the line. It seemed too professional for a few meth-cookers or whatever, so I wondered if the gas company made a mistake. Earlier in the week I had another issue with an old address getting used by accident, so just for kicks I called the previous owners of our house. They live a few miles away, and sure enough...they were supposed to have their propane tank picked up by the same company that day...except their gas tank was still at the house and mine was gone! My wife wasn't too impressed, and I haven't been impressed with the price of the propane the last three I told them just to keep the tank and credit me for the gas. I hooked up at 100 lb tank that I've had at the shop for a long time, and we are back in business. I plan to get a switch-over regulator and hook up a second 100 lb tank.
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 5-10-14

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat May 10, 2014 6:18 am

That's why it's called Pro-Pain,Rob. On a Brighter Note,Marty and Freddy with a North Camp Experience, and the Second Coming of Godzilla Up On The Hill-The Return Of Freetown Fred-Both Being Huge Victory Events For a Couple Of Folks That We Love! Now,It's time for me to have a Victory of my own. I'm heading to The Bay to Open up Camp. Still hard to believe that it's not going to snow anymore. This is the latest I've opened,ever! Take Care ,Gang! :up:
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 5-10-14

PostBy: gaw On: Sat May 10, 2014 6:54 am

Saturday, back to work. :( On the bright side next weekend will be Friday through Sunday, a real nice three day weekend. :)

Spring is here and it almost feels like summer. Mowed all the grass this week for the first time, some areas were being mowed for the past three weeks but all areas are growing now. Speaking of summer I lost my fire due to the warm weather on Thursday. Back at the end of October my little Fasco blower crapped out. I bought a replacement but did not install it for two reasons. First it is not all that necessary during the heating season and second, why do today what can be put off until tomorrow. So I prolonged the life of the new fan by six months, save six months electricity to power it and took advantage of the fire going out to clean the boiler.

Everyone enjoy the weekend, get well Freetown and everyone have fun and be careful.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 10, 2014 8:07 am

Mornin my friends. This is going to be a LONG healing process--every teeny improvement is a God send-- Enjoy the week end all :)
freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: the snowman On: Sat May 10, 2014 8:11 am


I hope everyone is able to grab some of the nice food Freddy has out for everyone. Still burning coal here although I shut down one of the coal stoves. Coal consumption is way down now. It is still cold here with temps still down in the high 20's to low 30's at night and daytime highs only in the low/mid 40's. Black fly season will be upon us fairly soon which further pushes my desire to have winter return. I'm counting the days until the wonderful white stuff starts falling from the sky. I wish this spring/summer season was over already.

FF, nice to see you back on the forum. You have been missed.

I hope everyone has a safe and productive weekend.

The snowman.
the snowman
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat May 10, 2014 8:13 am

Hay all, Blueberry pancakes and a good cup of coffee sitting with a view like that :yes: . Not much going on here I'm going to try to get the camper washed and waxed this weekend If Mother nature will let me. I finally landed a new job starting after Memorial day :D been looking for sometime but I was picky on what I would take there are lots of 2nd and 3rd shift jobs but not many 1st shift. I will be doing the same thing I was doing but on a smaller scale and a lot closer to home(30 miles a day closer) its 5 days a week not 4 like I work now but all the perks outweigh the extra day. I'm really looking forward to starting this new chapter in our lives. It was time to make a change and a word of warning to you, If the company you work for gets sold to a equity investment group start looking for a new place to work!!!! In a short amount of time they will take everything that you have and the reinvestment back into the company will cease :( .
Take care and have a fun weekend :) . Keepaeyeonit

Good Morning Freetown nice to hear from you.
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 5-10-14

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat May 10, 2014 8:16 am

AHHHHH Freddy! Blueberry Pancakes are my favorite! I think I'll grab a few before heading out to the sawmill. Thanks!

I got a couple truckloads of timber to mill up, and I can usually do it on a Saturday, I bring 5 or 10 gallons of diesel, enough to run the saw engine. I also bought the owner a new bar for his old saw, so that should make him happy too. I have to work the Downside of the big circular blade :mad3: but someone has to do it.
Last few weeks I have been hauling out the Blow-downs from the back of my property. I got a lot of Red Oak, Southern Pine, Cedar, and a little Wild Cherry.
I'll try and get some video.

Hey F_Fred! Welcome back man!
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: mozz On: Sat May 10, 2014 8:52 am

Have 4 ton of pea coal on the way today. Called the usual coal delivery guy and was told from his answering machine they are not currently making any deliveries due to a family emergency. Well, called a guy a few miles from here, slightly higher prices, but from the same source so I ordered 4 tons. That will easily get me thorough the summer and have some left over for this falls order. So right now drinking coffee, then jump into the coal bin to shovel the fines out of the bottom, which has never been done yet. Then after I get black enough, take a shower and get on with the rest of the day.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 1982 AA-130 Steam

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat May 10, 2014 11:35 am

Blueberry pancakes sound fantastic.
Been a busy morning so far. First was the local welder to have my hitch welded, then checked on the chickens in their new home, then off to the feed store.
Just waiting for the rain to stop so I can get some other chores done.

Take care and be safe all.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat May 10, 2014 2:05 pm

Hi guys,
Boy, this weather just won’t give me a break. I’ve been trying to get in the hive so I can check things out and mark the new queen but I didn’t have time last week, it’s been overcast and now it’s raining. I hate it when life gets in the way of what you really want to do. I was able to see that the number of bees in the new hive have tripled and they are bringing in nectar and pollen. I replenished the sugar water but after that’s gone I’ll stop that and they will be on their own the rest of the summer. Since they don’t have to make new comb, all of their energy should be on making honey.

I am going to finish the spring maintenance on the Harmans. The handle on the clean out plug on the “Class A” stainless steel chimney broke off. That’s when we learned that the plug is not sold separately and the bottom T it goes in cost $300. What a racket! Fortunately, the chimney guy was able to repair the old plug and all is good. The technician did recommend we get a larger chimney cap on it to better keep the rain out.

Not much else going on around here - because of the “lazy” gardening techniques I’ve been implementing I don’t have a lot of routine yard work anymore. I just mow once a week and it looks like someone who cares lives here. That was my plan all along. :)

Fred, I’m glad to hear you are back on the hill. Don’t overdo it; no one wants to hear you’ve had a relapse.

Freddy, I glad you’ll made it to the camp. I think you should spend the summer there. It would be great!

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend. Take care, Lisa
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: KLook On: Sat May 10, 2014 7:00 pm

Better late then never, I was busy getting the deck off my mower this morning. :( Went to Lowes, guy wanted to sell me every nut and bolt he could. I had a bearing go bad in the center pulley and just wanted a new 1 or 2. New belts, new pulley, new bearings, and a new brake were $220... :shock: I kept the belts, went down to Autozone on the way home and got a new bearing for $7.09. They wanted $18.92 at Lowes and would ship it to me.....sometime next week.....maybe. :o
Soooo, I put it back together and mowed, just before it poured. Just in time to go to my Granddaughters $4 bday party. :happy:

I have heard it got nearly warm in Maine today and the blackfly cloud came out...go figure.


Welcome back Fred!!!
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Other Heating: Gas boiler backup/main
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: Coffee 5-10-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun May 11, 2014 4:58 am

lowfog01 wrote:I’ve been trying to get in the hive so I can check things out

Now THAT I'd like to see! *giGgLe* The hives made it through the winter. Good going!

KLook wrote: I have heard it got nearly warm in Maine
This last Thursday it hit 72! Yesterday wasn't bad in the afternoon. Yup, the flies are out, but it takes a couple of weeks before they get hungry. We saw a June bug last night! That's a very early sighting. Spring is here for sure!
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 5-10-14

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun May 11, 2014 6:24 am

Hi everyone,
Today is going to be a great day! It has to be!

First, my son, the missionary is going to call me. He has been serving in the Eugene, OR mission for 9 months. That means he only has 18 months to go. Wahoo! Mother’s Day is one of two days he can call home each year and today he is being allowed to Skype so we will actually get to see him. Yeah, he writes us at least once a week but as you can imagine this is special. I am blessed to have a son who is willing to put his life on hold for two years in the service of his fellow man. He is being blessed with incredible daily “growth opportunities” which will serve him throughout his life.

Second, today the weather promises to be beautiful and I’m sure I’ll be able to get in the hive. Yeah, it will be tight but I’ve lost some weight and the top bar hives are a tad larger than a box hive. :)

Here are some pictures of the hives. The blue one is the Casper hive which is the oldest hive. I call that queen Casper because I know she is there but I never see her. I don’t have a name for the new green top bar hive yet.

I hereby grant naming rights to whoever contributes the name I like best. That and a buck will get you a soda from McDonalds.

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From my backdoor.

The small box hive on the left is my "bait" hive. It has one empty honey comb in it to attract a swarm if one flies by. I'll take it down after swarm season. The fence is there to keep the dogs off the new grass. Stupid dogs.

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I see the sun is peeping over the tree tops so I’ll go on my walk now. Take care, be safe, Lisa
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea