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Old 10-26-2016, 09:09 AM   #3207
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Ug, that means it's coming this way. Of course it's the weather Abby and Hopey love.

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Old 10-26-2016, 09:16 AM   #3208
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Hi Bud.

Lily finds the cold weather invigorating, too, and I actually prefer cool to cold any day over heat, so it's good for both of us.

Especially when I am on the inside, looking out.

Made a 3rd batch of firestarters this am, and am going to now quit for awhile.

I've barely scratched the surface of this bag of cedar pet bedding I'm using, so it's going to last a long while, tho if I had a shredder I would probably try some with paper.

Picked up antifreeze at WalMart this am, and winterizing will be on my to do list for tomorrow.


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Old 10-26-2016, 09:44 AM   #3209
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I may need one of these for the Interstate.

There are some great prices on the small ones right now.
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:44 AM   #3210
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Good morning there.. I have a tiny electric "woodstove" that I used in the trailer... haven't tried it in the Bvan... not much floor space in there... have a great day ... hugs and love from out here.. yeah, it's raining... keep having fun!!!
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:51 AM   #3211
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Hi Gail.

This one is 12", 1500W. They make a 9", but I didn't think that would be enough.

I don't think any of the ones that look like woodstoves would work in the Interstate...just not enough floor space, tho the appearance of them is really nice.

It is raining, raining, raining here, but we are in for the day.


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Old 10-27-2016, 04:41 PM   #3212
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It's been a busy day at the little house.

Chilly and damp again today, tho no woodfire as it was 75 degrees in here yesterday afternoon and down to only 70 by this morning.

I did love the smell and feel of that fire yesterday, tho.

Made a run to the post office this morning, and had my needlework group this afternoon. Nice ladies.

In between, I am working on a small cottage rental for a couple of weeks in the Adirondacks next early fall.

Going to drain the tanks and winterize tomorrow...

All is well.


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Old 10-27-2016, 07:48 PM   #3213
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You mentioned antifreeze...do you use that (the rv kind) in your tanks??? Just curious... hi and how are ya!! I had my first wood fire this morning... not really that cold, just wanted the coffee/fire thing... you inspired me... hahaha... ok, keep having fun!!! Hugs and love from out here!!! Still raining.... Oregon....
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:53 PM   #3214
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Of course, the pink stuff...I have 3 gallons.

I could stand a fire right now...no sun again today, damp.

It's fire weather.


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Old 10-27-2016, 08:13 PM   #3215
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I went to the stove shop today and looked at wood stoves and fireplace inserts. My old house had a wood stove, and we loved it. I want the new house to have one, or an efficient fireplace. Not shopping seriously yet, but starting to look at what's available. They seem to have a lot of pellet stoves in stock.

I know what you mean about a good fire on a cold day.

Down here, we're still waiting for that cold day. Temps in the high 80's lately.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:14 AM   #3216
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Hi, Mimi!

I have often thought if I get to a point where I can't handle the wood, I would go to a pellet stove...much cleaner, too, but then I would still have to lift the bags to load.

Ahh, well, I ain't there yet, and not in the near future.

The little faux-fireplaces and woodstoves are pretty nice, too.

Lots of choices out there for you.


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Old 10-28-2016, 06:28 AM   #3217
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There are some fireplace inserts that are actually air tight wood stoves. Much more efficient than an open fireplace. Good side is that they don't take up much space within the room. Down side is that there's only one surface of the stove available to radiate heat into the room.

All the free standing wood stoves I saw yesterday were smaller than the big Hearthstone that John and I had in the old house. That's probably OK, but that big stove would take a log up to two feet in length, and that was convenient at times. It would also heat the entire house. Down side was that there was no way to turn it off if you overdid the size fire you built. The stone stove held heat for about 12 hours after the fire died out.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:41 AM   #3218
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I've seen those fireplace insert stoves, which seem to be a great modification to an existing fireplace...you still get radiant heat, and the heat of the stone or brick of the fireplace itself would add to that of the stove.

If you are looking at a small house, Mimi, I would look at a small-ish woodstove, as a stove burned at or near capacity is the happiest, I think.

And, one can easily drive oneself out of the house with a larger stove.

The first woodstove in this house was too large for the size of the house, the one that has been in the past 20 years or so is much better...and, it has a glass door.

It's the only heat I use when home. Keeps the living area comfy, the bedrooms cooler, and when the grands are here I can run my ceiling fan on low to disperse the heat a bit more if needed.

I love it, and it makes me happy just to look at it.


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Old 10-28-2016, 07:04 AM   #3219
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A couple of the women at my needlework group make lots of small items to sell at craft fairs, flea markets, etc., and I bought these yesterday...

A "bowl cozie" for the microwave...perfect for my oft-used soup mug...and a pair of fingerless gloves to go with my fuschia fleece jacket.

Note the tiny pink roses in the fabric pattern.


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Old 10-29-2016, 10:00 AM   #3220
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I've put it off all week, but finally winterized the Interstate this morning...after baking a loaf of bread I set to rise yesterday.

Winterizing requires getting down on one's hands and knees, inside and out, to access, and then close off the hot water heater...access being behind a removable panel, beneath the curbside rear bench... and then open/drain/close the low point drains, located under the Interstate by the dump valves.

Also, my most favorite of all , getting the *** **** hot water heater plug off, so that I can drain that.



Very difficult to get that sucker on tight enough so it doesn't leak, equally if not more difficult to get it off, in the tiny space there is to access it.



However, it is now done.

Little chipmunk has not been seen in several days, and I suspect this little one is responsible, as it is on my front porch more often than I would like.

If I were a cat person, and this one not feral, I might like it, as it is a pretty little thing.

Seems to be well enough fed...plenty of squirrels and rabbits around, and at least one little chipmunk.


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