Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:25 pm

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Power has been out since 11PM last night!! I'm typing this on gasoline-powered electricity!! :o Ahhh, who cares!?!? Gas is CHEAP now! :lol:

Governor declared a state of emergency this morning, & several towns had declared one already. I had a 4" deep solid river of water flowing under the stove all night! :shock: Luckily for me, when the water gets to a certain depth, it flows by gravity out of the house -- so I didn't wake up to a foot of water. :lol:

Trees are down everywhere!

Great test for my stove water coils. They thermosiphoned perfectly. I had to open a zone valve before I went to bed so the boiler wouldn't reach critical mass like last time! :lol: The 2nd floor zone thermosiphoned on it's own, & prevented any heat from going to my TV room ( I figured -- that zone is the highest ). Woke up to a toasty house! :up:

Nothing to do today but drink!! WAAAAHOOOO!!!!!! :drunk: :cheers: :up: :up: :shots: :rockon:

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:09 pm

Ouch!

Yes, We saw it was moving your way, Albany, NY and your way got a ton of ice...hang in there.

We got about 3-4" of snow last night.

Reminds me, I have to go get a generator shortly.
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: fishhunter On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:14 pm

power just came back up for me, it was out since 10 last night. it was 52 degrees when I woke this morning so i scurried over to a buddies who has a generator i could use because he did not lose power. i hooked up the sump pump first then the stoker an hour later. there was 6" of water in my basement and it was bgetting close to entering the oil boiler. we had 4.8" of rain according to my guage and the trees had an inch of ice on them. well of to help the mother in-law she had a treee go through her roof last night. well atleast she stayed warm with her wood stove can't say the same with the stoker.
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Stove/Furnace Model: channing III


Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:18 pm

Yeah, it's worse than I thought........

I just talked to the neighbor & he tried going to buy a generator today (he's been borrowing mine) & the road in both directions is closed down! Trees are hanging from wires, poles & trees blocking road -- it's mayhem! :shock: He's pumping water from his basement! We got 3.75" since it started yesterday.

I'm actually having a good time here! :lol: Just had my first meal heated by coal & I'm nice & toasty! Don't know about everyone else though! :o I'm just glad to be HOME for a change!!




The town of Holden basically told everyone to "stay the F out of our town" :lol: I can't blame them -- traffic is usually STUPID on 122A in that town. I'd rather spend 3 hrs at the dentist! Even made headlines!http://www.nbcnews.com/id/28193030/ Won't be many folks online today from these parts.

Just took some more pics -- the sun finally came out -- makes the ice shine like Christmas decorations!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:28 pm

Sorry about the wrong topic, chiefs! :oops: Self-medicating today... :?
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:33 pm

SMITTY wrote:Self-medicating today... :?


Please stay inside today.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:39 pm

Absolutely! 8-) My license is my income -- I don't mess around there. It's just nice to be inside & not out working in this *censored* for a change! :)
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:45 pm

Reminds me of the ice storm that hit NY in 1998, we didn't have power for 15 days :shock:
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:49 pm

Smitty.sorry it's a mess up your way but it sure is pretty.
DON
BIG BEAM
 
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Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: ceccil On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:40 pm

Give me snow over ice anyday. Only had a small amount of sleet before the snow started. Ended up with 9-10" before all said and done. Snow is easy to deal with except those who think they still need to drive like maniacs in this sort of weather.

Jeff
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Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:30 pm

Wow, you guys got hammered! We got an inch of sleet followed by an inch of rain. No biggie. Lost power today for one hour. Last night I "over heated" the house in case we lost power for a long time. Didn't need the extra BTU's but it was nice to wear shorts all day.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
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Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:16 pm

After seeing this just down the road, I think the generator is going to be on for a loooooooooooooooong time! :shock: :lol:


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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: mr1precision On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:19 pm

Yep,
I spent most of the day dealing with this mutha. Still no power here either. Dont expect it for at least another day. Thank god I bought the pto generator for my tractor when I did. Funny,it's amaizing how damaging it was but when you look around it's quite a beautiful sight. At least in some areas.
Here are some pics from my house.
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Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:39 pm

I was in West Boylston yesterday, stayed overnight in West Springfield, worked in Springfield today. I missed it all, just rain.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Massive ice storm in MA - state of emergency declared!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:54 pm

Your lucky!!

The only people driving around here were the ones with no brains! :lol: It would have taken you 24 hours to cross the state! You'd have never made it home, with all the people stopping in the middle of the road for no reason... :lol: :lol:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler