Category Archives: Heating

Ready for Winter

October 26, 2017   We are ready for winter – rain barrels are emptied, eaves troughs cleaned, equipment put away and wood sheds stocked. And just in time, too. We awoke to a blanket of white this morning and the … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Hearth Reno – Lessons Learned

May 15, 2016 I love my woodstove, a beautiful and functional Kitchen Queen 480. It supplies all our heat and hot water during the heating season as well as handling all our cooking and baking. The hearth and surrounding walls … Continue reading

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November 18, 2015 We purchased our last set of batteries, Trojan L16H-AC, for the solar system about four years ago. We had eight six volt batteries for a 48 volt system. Under optimal use, the batteries should have lasted at least five years, … Continue reading

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Wood Shed

September 27, 2015 Putting up the woodshed was not in our plans for this year, but as the weather started to turn cool we began to wonder about how best to store the wood for the house this winter. Last … Continue reading

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Kitchen Queen 480 Update

April 5, 2015 At the end of October 2014, we installed a Kitchen Queen 480 wood cookstove in our kitchen. Since then we have been using this stove not only for cooking, but also as the sole source of heat … Continue reading

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Kitchen Queen 480 Wood Cookstove

August 10 to November 25, 2014 After a nice long fall season, winter has descended – fast and furious. Our main project this fall was to get our new wood cookstove installed in the house before the heating season arrived. … Continue reading

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The Art of Building a Woodpile

July 20, 2014 The other day, Ken announced that he would like to build a woodpile like his grandfather used to build. I laughed, because Ken is not the woodpile building kind of guy. He is more chop and split … Continue reading

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