May 19,2014 34*-A/M FROST

May 19,2014 34*-A/M FROST

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon May 19, 2014 10:50 am

May 28,2013 we had the temp drop to 26 * & wipe out 70% of our strawberries,May 19,2014 , we had a low on our porch thermometer of 34* with moderately heavy frost. We covered lots of plants & strawberries last night with packing blankets,bed sheets,table cloths,even some clothing . At 6:15 i walked to the garden & checked for frost & found even the packing blankets were stiff from freezing. I lifted blankets & found frozen drops of water on the leaves underneath,by Wednesday we should be able to tell how much damage has been inflicted on our plants & the strawberry crop.Hopefully this will be the last frost/freeze. For those who read about our OWB peeing a water stream into the firebox resulting in us having no heat or hot water,i did manage to almost stop the pee stream. Started with a #12 self tapping screw,would not get tight,kept trying bigger ,a self tapping 3/8 bolt slowed the stream to just a slight weeping & we have heat & hot water for now. Warm house & a long hot shower this a/m felt real good.Looking forward to a good garden season with no more cold.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: May 19,2014 34*-A/M FROST

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon May 19, 2014 11:22 am

What is the plan for next winter? Doesn't sound like the OWB is a long term performer at this point.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: May 19,2014 34*-A/M FROST

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon May 19, 2014 11:52 am

I had hoped we could at least sell the owb to someone,but will probably pull some parts & scrap it.We are going to try getting a loan to purchase & set up a coal boiler,if that fails,we will have to do without hot water or heat as i am sure it is only going to be a short time till the owb springs a bigger leak or a new leak. We definitely will not attempt to go thru another winter with this owb & i will not set up another owb. We can always set up a hand fed stove in our house & rig one somehow safely for the shop,purchase electric water heaters,get an oil furnace for the inlaws trailer & just forget the whole boiler idea. A good coal boiler capable of handling all the heat needs of the 3 buildings & hot water for both houses is what we are really hoping to go with. The winter we just came thru was very hard on us as work was slow & i was not aggressive with calling customers to get equipment in over the winter.With my kidneys on vacation from their duty,i had no drive to work more than what it took to exist & keep warm. Since my kidneys are functioning again my energy level & drive is allowing me to get a lot of work done but it is hard to make up months of low income. We are in the market for coal heating units,$$ available will dictate what we get. 2013 was a decent revenue yr for us,we are hoping that the bank will see our need & realize that we are people even tho we are a small business which they so often are reluctant to loan $$ to.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both


Re: May 19,2014 34*-A/M FROST

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Mon May 19, 2014 8:36 pm

Stay with it,Windy! I'm feeling good about you finding an answer and staying warm next Winter...Keep On It ! :up:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: May 19,2014 34*-A/M FROST

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat May 24, 2014 9:48 am

Well,so far it looks like minimal to no damage from the frost on 5-19-2014,strawberries are looking good,no below 40* temps in the forecast & not too likely in June.The OWB is running ,providing heat to chase the morning chill away,hot water for long showers to soak the achy joints.The leak that i plugged with a self-tapping bolt is a very slow drip & hopefully will hold for a couple months,it does make the ashes a soupy mess in the ash pan.Next week we hope to start forming our plans without the OWB for heating & dhw b4 this fall,meanwhile we are praying that the financing issue works in our favor & our dream of a coal fired boiler becomes a reality.
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both