|Meet Reggie, the wood burner.|
He has a very warm personality.
1. The wood burning stove is installed in the living room and has already been put to use. We had a few gloomy rainy days this week and the evenings got downright chilly. We made a trip to a fireplace store to pick up the lengths of stovepipe needed to connect the stove to the existing chimney pipe that only came a couple feet down from the ceiling. The pipe that passes through the ceiling and roof is called 'double-wall', it is a pipe inside a pipe, so that the part that touches the ceiling and roof don't get hot and start a fire. The part we had to install is called 'single-wall', and does get hot, which is what you want to help heat the room.
|Smoke from our first fire.|
2. With the new wood burner, we now needed a supply of wood. Realize, our 20 acres is solid forest, but with all our other projects this first year, we did not want to take on sawing and splitting wood to stock up for winter. I started checking Craig's List for firewood for sale in the area, and then Alan came up with an idea that I was a bit dubious of. In a town not 'too' far away there is a company that makes very nice wooden storage sheds and cabins. Alan suggested we stop there to see if they ever have scrap lumber. The owner said they tend to always have scraps and he had some that were not 'spoken for', so we told him we would be back the next day with our truck to load some up. I asked Alan how much they were charging to compare it to the firewood prices I had seen and he said it was FREE!
|Our first load of FREE wood!|
The next day we drove around the back of one of their buildings and one of the workers gave us each a cardboard box and pointed to a pile of wood scraps laying around four table saws. We filled the 8 foot bed of the pick-up truck and only took about half the wood that was there. They said we could come back in a week or so to get another load. We asked how large the work crew is because we plan to bring donuts next time.
|Two triangles make a rectangle|
for 'easy' stacking.
|Knobs of the Ozarks|
Well, there are a few more items from this week, but I need to cut this short due to the activity that is the reason behind the title of this post. I have a confession to make - we have bought a TV. Now I could say we bought it to keep up with world events, but in actuality Alan realized that Survivor starts the new seasons this week, and Amazing Race starts at the end of the month. Yes, we were looking for a 'reality TV fix' out in the middle of nowhere. However, we are still being 'primitive' about it. It is a very small TV (7 inch) which we can run off of our solar system (still get a kick out of saying we have a solar system (and we still believe Pluto is a planet)) and it uses old fashioned 'rabbit ears'. We can pick up some stations inside the house, but we discovered we can only get the channel that carries 'Survivor' by sitting outside on the deck and one of us has to hold the TV just the right way to improve the signal. Let go, and you loose signal strength. So, with the evening turning chilly, and the premier episode of Survivor starting in a few minutes, I need to go bundle up so I can enjoy a bit of TV time. It better be a good season this year if I have to sit out on the deck in December to see who wins!
|Hope the weather holds out for TV season!|
So is Eris also a planet?ReplyDelete
Here is where an outdoor antennae would be useful. Not expensive. Just set it up in an area where you can easily access it to change direction and not climb the roof. We have a powered one that gives us about 20 local channels. It doesn't draw that much energy. A standard antennae can do the same and also might work with off grid communication like ham radio or cb.ReplyDelete
Great minds think alike :-) We just bought a powered outdoor antenna yesterday. Haven't tried it out yet.Delete