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Adding some fuel to the fire
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Lew    Posted 11-14-2001 at 19:53:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I use an early version of a wood pellet stove. It feeds the pellets from below the firepot. When using corn as fuel, the corn has the dirty trick of forming an unburnable clinker, which in my stove will block the forced air intakes in the firepot. If I mix corn and pellets the clinker become an artform somewhat like the deposits at "Old Faithful" in Yellowstone. With the price of corn as it is, I usually mix corn and pellets 50/50 and keep the clinker somewhat under control. I have burned dried cherry pits I got in Michigan.
They also make paper pellets but I have never tried them. By the way, the company that developed my stove got out of the business several years ago.

Dick Hayhurst    Posted 06-22-2002 at 01:02:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good day to you,I enjoy reading about the U.S. rural lifestyle.We live in South Australia and seem to be somewhat similar (perhaps a little behind you technically).We have a wood fire ,I cut 5 ton in the fall (Eucalypt).I use a chainsaw and a hand-splitter and store it in an overturned water tank.We're not supposed to cut trees down,not even dead ones (the termite cycle).We have the Country fire service telling us to clear fire-breaks and the greens saying we can't,If I decide any are a danger to life or limb I cut them down anyway.Our water supply is stored rainwater ,we've got a U.S. enviromental sewage-system (only has to be emptied every 4yrs,as long as we don't get a stomach-bug).No mail delivery or garbage collection.We're retired,my wife paints(pictures)but I have to paint the shack! I spend some of my time shooting feral cats,they mainly kill parrots as they are ground feeders.I reckon I've been long winded,best wishes to you all.

PCC-AL    Posted 11-15-2001 at 16:39:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Lew,
What a different life style that we all live. I am very far away down south and realizing how strange our respective lives are.
At 60 years now, I reflect on lots of things. I grew up in the country with only heat from open fireplaces. We had electricty, but it was not that common. I used to ride my pony to the local "picture show" (movie) to see Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey. I still have our wood stove on the screen porch for fun. Anyway, I used to spend all my boyhood summers cutting wood with a cross-cut saw for winter fuel. When we needed fuel for anything, we just went to the woods and cut, split, stacked and dryed it. My how things have changed. Good luck.

Lew    Posted 11-16-2001 at 20:28:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For ten years I went to the woods and cut what I needed, which in Wisconsin is several cords. Still have stove as backup in the living room. Power goes out, it still works. We switched to pellets because they were cleaner (almost no ash) and because I had used a chain saw for ten years without any injury and thought I would quit while ahead. When I retired in 1997 we switched to a geothermal heat pump so we could leave the house for an extended period and have it stay heated. It has cost less to heat with it than it did with the wood pellets. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Lew

PCC-AL    Posted 11-17-2001 at 06:04:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, I know what you mean about the chain saw. I still use most of the tools around the farm, but very carefully. Our house is old, built by my great grandfather in 1850. I have closed off all our open fire places and installed gas logs for safety and convenience. Wife and I like to sit around the fire in the yard late in the afternoons for our toddy before dinner. I build the fire in an old syrup kettle (80 gal) used in earlier days.
Anyway, I just dragged up some whole trees and sawed them into three feet lengths. Then I split them with a hand splitter. Boy, am I sore. I could hardly get out of bed the next day.
I have only been to Wisconsin once and barely passed through a lower corner of the State. I enjoyed seeing the barns etc and how they were built for the cold weather. Also enjoyed your post as it gave some insight of the lifestyle.


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