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Cold-brewed Coffee!

Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Plinius Dec 9, 2017. 5 Replies

In the Navy in 1950 my “buddies” told me to drink it or skip the coffee break.Naive, I believed them but needed four teaspoons of sugar to make it drinkable.Several months ago read of cold-brew in…Continue

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Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18, 2015. 1 Reply


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Comment by Plinius on January 17, 2018 at 7:32am

It feels icy here, because of stormy weather. In the bus stop shelters the smokers stand together out of the wind, desperately trying to get their poison before it blows away. Normal people stay out of the shelter, shivering.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 17, 2018 at 7:15am

It was 8 o'clock last evening when I heard a large truck pull in to my driveway. I was surprised to discover it was the propane gas man  delivering what I ordered last week. He must be very busy during this frigidly cold winter to be out that late.

Because I heat my house with wood mostly, that's the first fill-up I've had in two years. But I need to have a back up, especially like when I go away for an extended time--Florida next week for a couple of weeks. Can't wait!

Comment by Patricia on January 6, 2018 at 1:37pm

After a couple of weeks of -20*C -30*C, with wind chill, we are finally nearer to the 0*C mark. Much easier to cope with.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 6, 2018 at 7:11am

Good day, fellow coffee drinkers (and others). Any thing of non-consequential happenings to comment upon?

As it's negative 14 degrees, I thought hot oatmeal would warm me up this morning. With blueberries, yummy.

The sun is rising--days getting longer. Yes! And, beginning tomorrow, it's suppose to get warmer. We've had two weeks where the high temperature didn't get above 15 degrees (F). I've had enough.

Stay warm, my friends.

Comment by Plinius on December 13, 2017 at 8:34am

The Firewood Poem was well liked by my class of English!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 13, 2017 at 7:33am

I forgot to add the cost of my furnace fan running full time which raises my electric bill.  And when I see smoke billowing out of the chimney, I cringe. However, compared to the California fires, it's insignificant. Still, no excuse.

We have several "full time" firewood suppliers around here--one my neighbor. However, I live on the prairie where most of the trees have been cut down leaving nothing but corn and bean fields. So, since there aren't many woods, people have stopped burning firewood--limited sources. It's not like it was back in the 70's. I know very few people that burn wood.

Comment by Don on December 12, 2017 at 7:54am

As far as the cost benefits of wood-burning are concerned, there are many variables, of course. It's generally polluting, too, more so than gas and oil, but it's renewable, and most wood sellers here are hard workers who are supplementing a meager income--dairy-farming, sugaring, logging, and so on. There's real pleasure in a wood fire, too, and satisfaction in the work that goes into getting up a woodpile.  And when it's 10 degrees and snowing hard and the power goes out, well . . .

Comment by Don on December 12, 2017 at 7:48am

Randall, the list is complete for us in New England!  It's in Yankee, after all. 

I never saw an osage orange tree till I happened to be visiting a friend in Missouri.  Hackberry grows in Vermont but not abundantly and only in the river valleys and bottomland.  It's not found in upland forests of in the colder regions, so it's not much in use as fuel.

Here, silver maple is known as soft maple or swamp maple.  It's fairly soft, like red maple, and so it's rarely harvested for stove wood, although it is taken for lumber because it's clean-grained and easy to work with.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 12, 2017 at 7:27am

Thanks Don, for the article. The list of trees was incomplete, however--no hackberry, silver maple, osage orange, etc. Hackberry is very common here. Still, I know it's a good burning (and splitting) wood.

The BTU comparisons to oil was interesting, although a little over my head. I often wonder if I'm really saving money. You've seen the articles citing costs of burning wood: truck, chain saw (and all that goes with it), splitter, and especially time involved.  But, for me, it's not about saving money. It's the doing. I just hope I never harm myself--always a possibility.

Comment by Don on December 11, 2017 at 8:35am

In New England, those who heat with wood typically stay away from poplar and all the softwoods (fir, spruce, pine, larch). Apple, black birch, ironwood, and hickory deliver the most BTUs, apparently, but those varieties are not especially abundant anywhere.  In southern New England, oak, ash, and sugar maple are the most common, and in the north, where oak and black birch do not predominate, the most common fuel woods are sugar maple, beech, ash, birch, and cherry.  Here is a rundown in Yankee magazine.


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