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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

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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 . . . 

Comment by Don on December 9, 2017 at 9:24am

About half the houses in Vermont are heated at least partly with wood.  We burn about three cords a year in our Defiant Encore wood stove.  Down to about 40 degrees or so it's all we need.  We also burn about 700 gallons of fuel oil each year (the oil also heats our hot water). 

Dry, split hardwood (mostly maple and ash) sells for about $200 a cord.  We cut some of our own (our land comprises about 50 acres, 30 wooded), especially the fireplace-length pieces, which we burn during the shoulder seasons before it gets too cold to use the fireplace. 

We do like to lay in wood in October after we've put the garden to bed, but that wood is not for the winter ahead but for the winter after that.  It needs to to dry undercover for a year or so to burn efficiently and productively. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2017 at 3:41pm

Patricia, sorry I misread your comment.

L&L's families just finished burning the slash for this year. They also prepared a log fire at the burning pit and will gather around it on or as near Winter Solstice as can be managed for a burning of the log, toasting marshmallows and hot dogs, and a huge winter celebration potluck dinner. Family, friends, and neighbors join in that jubilee-feast. 

Sadly, I will miss the log-burning festival this year, I will be in Littleton, CO. 

Comment by Patricia on December 8, 2017 at 3:19pm

Not me as a kid Joan, its when our kids were young.

We lived in 100 Mile House, from '80 to '88, an hour or so south of Williams Lake. We heated that house with wood upstairs & down.

I'm sure the kids thought t was a chore, but I never heard any complaints. We'd have a fire out in the forest near a lake or something & roast hotdogs.

Wildfires weren't so much an issue then, especially in Sept-Oct. when we got the wood before the snow came. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2017 at 3:14pm

It is 32°F in Newport just now. Virtually all the snow melted into the Earth, except for a very few patches that I can see deep into the forest. Frost covers the ground, melting as the sun filters through the fir trees. Partyly coudy, mostly clouds cover the sky. I see no evidence of wind. A very good day for hard physical activity!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2017 at 3:03pm

Patricia, when you were a kid out in the forest cutting wood, did you enjoy the project at the time, or was it a chore that had to be done?  

Comment by Patricia on December 8, 2017 at 2:39pm

Many groups seem quiet now.

When we had wood heat, the kids were young & it was a family thing to get out in the boonies the cut wood, load it in the truck, go home, then split, & stack.


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