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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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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 . . . 

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. 


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