Roll Out Those Crazy, Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer, But Prepare for Winter Now
Despite the cold rains we’ve experienced of late with the Memorial Day Weekend, summer is unofficially here. But before we get in the mode of easy livin’ now is a good time to think about next seasons heating and fuel. June is the month I traditionally restock my oil tank and also get my coal deliveries. It is also the time I thoroughly dismantle and clean out the ole coal stove and check pipe connections, replace firebrick, repaint or blacken the outer finish. At the same time, I clean the chimney not only with a thorough vacuuming but also with a stiff wire brush. I prefer to do this now while temperatures are still moderate but am often forced to put it off until July and in at least one instance even August… Yikes that was hot, sticky, and dirty work, indeed!
Here at Hunny-Bunny Farm the centrally located coal/wood stove is our main space heating unit in winter with our baseboard oil fired boiler used mainly for showering, washing, and basic sanitary things. Over the years that we’ve had the coal/wood stove we literally saved thousands of dollars as the price of fuel see-sawed up, up, and away. Over the years we’ve also been able to weather power failures because of this handy and appreciated little stove. In fact, just in 2011 we lasted through 2 different power outages for approximately 5 days each.
For those considering alternative heating I submit the below article while predominately concerning outdoor wood burners gives a detail account of heating with wood. It is well worth the read for both novices and experienced wood burners.
Here is the citation:
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.