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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 Joan Denoo on December 10, 2017 at 12:27pm

Thank you for the information, Don. I will share it with Larry. 

I'm glad you have a lawn tractor, a necessary item with acrage and gathering wood for the winter. 

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2017 at 11:46am

Nice poem, Don! Does anyone understand the warning against elder tree? It's not poisonous, so it must be a myth.

Spud, we must just keep on dreaming of our earthships, and in the meantime go on with the projects that fit our possibilities. There's enough work!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2017 at 11:14am

Plinius, in my younger days, I also wanted to build an earthship home.  I'm reasonably healthy for a 76 year old, but don't have the energy or ambition to build on now.

Comment by Don on December 10, 2017 at 10:25am

In honor of ash . . .

The Firewood Poem

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2017 at 10:05am

I did see that you have a back-up, then you're much safer! 

Comment by Don on December 10, 2017 at 9:51am

Well, Plinius, my inevitable decline may someday foreclose on the arduous wood-getting, you're right.  But that's a small matter compared to the other physical indignities that may also descend.  After all, I could give up on the wood stove altogether and simply heat with oil (or propane), which I must do to some degree now anyway.  It's the back-up, and when we go away for a few days, or when temps sink into the minus numbers, that's the answer. 

A greater worry would be dealing with the snow (shoveling and so on) and with the various physical risks and challenges of living out on a wooded hill at the end of a gravel road at least a mile from any neighbors.

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2017 at 8:22am

It seems to me that you're vulnerable from the moment you can't handle all that wood anymore, doesn't that worry you?

I always dreamt of building and  living in an earth ship, but ill health has taken the possibility away.  

Comment by Don on December 10, 2017 at 7:42am

Ash is an excellent, fast-growing tree in this climate, the last to leaf out in the spring and the first to lose its leaves in the fall--and yet it does very well.  It splits well, too. We use a lot of it.  As the rhyme goes:

Ash dry or ash green
Makes a fire
For for a queen.

Comment by Don on December 10, 2017 at 7:38am

Randall, the state has been on the look-out for the EAB for years now.  In the summer they hang purple borer traps in likely ash trees to see if they can find any.  Infestations surround Vermont, but so far it is not known to be here.  Here's the story

Plinius, three cords are manageable, as far as wood-handling goes, but insufficient if you want to heat with wood only.  Some Vermonters burn 6 or 7 cords and up every season. 

Comment by Randall Smith on December 10, 2017 at 7:09am

When I moved here 40 years ago, there was a Franklin stove in the dining room (of all places). I used it for about 5 years before installing a basement wood "furnace" (Johnson). I've used it ever since. Had to replace the chimney liner, but otherwise, nothing else has changed.

Don, my secondary heat source is propane which replaced fuel oil about 20 years ago. I like it. By the way, do you have the Emerald Ash Borer in your neck of the woods? It's killed just about every ash tree here in north central Indiana. At least ash makes good firewood.


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