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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 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.

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. 


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