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Cold-brewed Coffee!

Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Plinius Dec 9. 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 Randall Smith on Sunday

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.

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2017 at 12:19am

I had to look up a 'cord of wood', my definition - it's a lot of hard work and a citydweller like me would never think of it when contemplating the romantic life in the country. Thanks for your stories!

Comment by Patricia on December 9, 2017 at 5:13pm

No Joan, I saw that one but its too new. Ours had an orange ceramic panel on the front & no way of observing the flames.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2017 at 5:02pm

Patricia, is this the stove you had? It has a lot of warming-power. 

Comment by Don on December 9, 2017 at 4:32pm

What wears out are the insulating elements (they're brittle) and the ceramic filter itself, which is costly and easily compromised.  We just don't use it anymore.  I would like to move up to a more efficient stove, but we're going to need to invest in a new furnace before that.  Ours is 40 years old this year and way past its prime.  We will probably move to propane next fall.

I do all the wood moving myself for the most part.  It's good exercise.  When our daughter is home, as she often is, at least recently, for the summer, she is quite happy to help her old man stack wood and she does a fair amount on her own, too. 

When she was home briefly from Monterey (where she is in grad school), on Thanksgiving Day she helped me trundle some split ash out of the front-flattened field to a clear spot, where I'll be able to get it next summer myself with the lawn tractor.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2017 at 3:14pm

Don, does the catalytic combuster wear out? That is what makes this stove worth its cost, so much heat with so little wood. 

I hope you are not the one who does the loading, unloading, reloading, and reunloading the wood! That is the task for a very young person.

I find my great-grandchildren exist to do that kind of task. I tell them some day they will appreciate what they learned from all the hard work in which they participate. 

The carrot for their willing contribution is a session of swimming at the river, riding their motor cycles threw the bike-paths cut through the forest for them, or a trip to a place that is muddy where they take an old truck that no "longer serves us well," and drive through that mud. (What they consider "fun", I think of as "waste" of time, machinery, gas, and all that soil. 

Comment by Don on December 9, 2017 at 2:35pm

Yes, that's the stove, Joan.  Ours is a 1986 vintage.  The catalytic combuster doesn't function anymore (it never was particularly effective--the newer stoves are much better), so its emissions aren't especially clean, but our firewood is well cured. 

In August, that woodpile gets moved into the old garage, now a woodshed, that is attached to the house.  So after having stood for a year outside, it gets moved undercover by cart and stacked again. 

Comment by Patricia on December 9, 2017 at 2:29pm

We had a Blaze Princess stove.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2017 at 2:05pm

A beautifully stacked wood pile! Someone's back must be sore! Do you have this year's pile close by and the walk to it free of snow? 

Laura & Larry's wood fire comes from a Vermont Castings Defiant Encore Black Cast Iron Wood Stove. If your wood stove heats as well as ours, you have nice toasty rooms.

I wonder if Dominic will be so anxious to escort me to the greenhouse and leave his assigned place as close to the stove as he can get without burning. 

Vermont Castings Defiant Encore Black Cast Iron Wood Stove

Comment by Don on December 9, 2017 at 9:27am

Nest season's wood, a few weeks later . . . s later . . . 


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