ashburnham55 wrote:Yes.... had no power for 4 days due to the ice storm here in Massachusetts.
Hey Bob we just got our power back on today a little before 4. (lost it about 9:45 Thursday night) I did cook some potatoes the other night but I wrapped them in foil and set them on a rack on the top (had the lid lifted open Kodiak has a 'false top' that works with the blower) of the stove.
I tried to hook up an inverter to my plenum fans but I'm mo electrician and I think I overloaded and fried the inverter.
I am actually very happy with the decision to get a hand fired. Met many people at the watering hole (we have a famous fresh water spring in town) that went the pellet stove route that were useless once the power went out, my buddy just got done installing an outdoor wood furnace that was useless until he borrowed a generator. My house never got below 64 even though it was about 15 out one of the nights (I think it was Friday night bit the days are all a blur of stokin the stove and fillin water buckets)
Another benefit of having the power out, I got to spend some quality time getting to know my stove. Since there was no tv or I couldn't read posts on the forum, I spent several quite evenings sipping fresh spring water and watching the blue ladies dance. I told my wife that you could see faces in the coal and she told me I was sitting too close, the fumes were affecting me.
I do have to say, I never could have done it without the advice and help of the many great people on this forum, from advice on what type of stove to buy, how to move the heat upstairs and how to get the darned thing running without putting it out every time I went to fill it.
Thanks to you My family survived the ice storm of 08 in central MA
I don't want to editorialize here but the storm was a beautiful dichotomy, the sun prisiming through the ice clad branches contrasted to the utter devastation. All the tops of the trees are snapped off, all of them except the pines. The pop,crack and tinkel as the branch broke off the tree and the ice came crashing down. We were outside Friday for about an hour or so and this never stopped, as soon as one limb settled another would break off. I'm saddened by what happened, in awe of the power of mother nature and happy my kids got to experience a once (or twice I remember being a kid for the blizzard of 78) in a lifetime weather event.
Wanna see the pictures?