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Yes we still have snow Toolman, Picture
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Willy-N    Posted 12-21-2003 at 13:24:42       [Reply]  [No Email]

Just took this out the Upstairs Bedroom window. Yes we still have snow it is not that warm. This is on the South Side of the house too! It is starting to melt off where the sun convects next to the house but it still has a lot sitting on the Porch Roof waiting to slide off. This is my perminet mounted ladder to get to the Chimney. I can just step out the window grab onto the ladder and up I go. There is another one bolted to the upper roof to get the rest of the way to it. I had a hard time cleaning the Chimney one winter because of some bad wood and put it up the next summer. Real handy to do the job with now! I even got a ring I can tie off to when working, my body does not heal as good when I fall off roofs now. Mark H.


deadcarp    Posted 12-21-2003 at 16:21:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup, you do have more snow than us mark. send any spare over! :)
my chimney on the heater shed is stainless and only like 7 feet long. i used to climb the ladder to clean it but now use a light chain wrapped around the end of a metal conduit, so i just poke the end thru the cap, unroll the chain down the chimney and slap it around some, then roll it back on the pole. well then of course i open the accesses on my stove and shove everything back into the firebox for another burn. only thing i throw out is grey ashes. so far one barrel this year. oh, my uncle has a bolted ladder, he keeps a covered ice-cream pail of rock salt on the roof for chimney fires. a handful works good :)




Willy-N    Posted 12-21-2003 at 16:53:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have about 5 ft out the roof top and 2 stories of Stainless Steel Metal Abestos type double wall going all the way to the stove top. That stuff is big bucks but sure is nice that it dose not get hot enough to start a fire. I have a section from floor to ceiling in the master bedroom enclosed on 3 sides next to the wall it helps keep the big 18 X 28 room warm. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:15:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
just came in mark, it is beautiful here , we have a chinook, thats when the west winds blow and come down the east side of the mountains , heats everything up, usually get them more on grovers side of the rocks in alberta but we been getting them quite often this year.had to build the wife a snowman , eieo and ron pa , bob , ont,TB,and all the rest of the bunch over at the KREW SITE are having this big international snowman contest, and she decided to build one today so i got out the tractor stacked snow with the loader and rolled up the snowman lifted it onto the pile, must be out of my mind , oh well anything to keep her happy after all she does the cookin, anyway we only have about a foot of snow i had to dig it out of the piles. i have wood stove like that use to be in our old trailer when we built this place i didn,t put it in , wish i had of now , its setting out in the shop, but i think next summer i,ll be putting it in here , there great stoves and sure cut down on the gas bills , and the heat is alot better.oh did ya here about bob ont, christmas tree , he claims its drunk, startin to wonder about that guy lol.


Willy-N    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:22:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think it is the Air up in Canada!! HA HA!! I could not afford to heat the place any other way. 3 1/2 X 90.00 is cheap to heat for a years time and a 6 month long heating season. We could use a heat wave for a few days to melt the snow into the ground. I don't like it to just evaporate into the air. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:36:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
my nov.gas bill for heat and hot water was 150.00 probably be like that for about 3 months during the winter, nov. was cold here , if it stays like this now its not even hitting freezing last night,we,re half way thru now only 3 months left to go, maybe all them fires heated up our air huh lol.we usually only get one or two chinooks a winter here but this year we sure seemed to have had alot, a day like today sure is a plus this time of the year, gives a person a nice break.is that what you pay 90 a cord for wood there thats what it goes for here or about a 1000 to 1200 a loggin truck load,only thing that compares to wood heat as far as im concerned is coal both are good heat .


Bob/Ont    Posted 12-21-2003 at 14:01:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The better the stove the more buildup you get in the chimney too Mark. In the old days of cedar shingels people had ladders permenetly on the rooves to get to the chimney and pour water down if they caught fire. You never forget that roaring sound once you'v heard it.
Later Bob


toolman    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:18:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
yabut i,ll bet they never had drunkin christmas trees back then either bob, can,t be puttin them in the stove, btw nice picture of little mark , where was that taken with all those leaves must be back your way huh, he sure is growin.


Willy-N    Posted 12-21-2003 at 14:13:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
It only takes about 3 1/2 cords to heat the home all year. It is a Brass Flame Pedistal Wood Stove with a small box 20 inches deep and about 12 inches square. It draws air from outside the house because it was designed for a Mobil Home. I took it out of my old Mobil Home that I put it in a long time ago and have been using it for about 18 years and it heats a 1680 sq ft house nice. I figure it has a few more years use then it goes in the shop and I will buy another one. I hope the next one lasts as long! Very efficient on the wood and I clean the Chimney no more than twice a year, befor and after winter and sometimes I have had to do it during rhe middle of the winter. Mark H.


teresa    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:25:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a woodburner it's a good big one . Sometimes my chap really fires it up and it roars and you can hear stuff come down the chimney, it almost feels like the doors are going to blow off. I'm a bit worried now about having a chimney fire.


toolman    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:41:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
we used to throw paper bags in the stove when i was a kid to clean the chimney would sound like a jet engine and if you went outside you could see flames comming out the top wasn,t a good practice,modern chimneys are better built and can withstand chimney fires a bit better but if you clean them you should be pretty safe, think how dangerous natural gas is if you have a leak and it builds up and then ignites it can blow a house completely apart .


Bob/Ont    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:54:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I did that once too Toolman, lucky it was the fireplace not the stove, hit it with the extinguisher fast. Big chunks of black spoungy looking stuff came floating down for a while after that but the chimney was clean.
Later Bob


teresa    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:59:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hmm little bit worried, He says it dosen't need cleaning because he does this. We havn't had the chimney cleaned in the whole time the burner has been in which is 6 years!


Willy-N    Posted 12-21-2003 at 17:00:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it is drawing good it is probley OK but a Chimney should at least be cleaned once a year with a brush for saftey sake. They don't cost that much and you only have to run it up and down it a few times to clean it and burn good dry wood hot in the stove. Mark H.


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