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Old 06-09-2014, 11:13 PM   #7966
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Sorry, wasn't intending to hijack the thread. Seeing that picture just got my juices flowing and I had to share.

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Keith, the bench has character, I like it.
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Now that all the peeling finish is gone, the table doesn't look so bad.

Well, last night, the forecast for today was nothing but sun. So you can imagine my dismay when I thought I was listening to rain when I woke up this morning. Sure as heck, everything is running with water outside, so I hope the new varnish isn't hurt.

Yesterday, I also got the handrails outside the front door re-done (that's the curved ones) and also the railings going down the back steps. So now the only thing left is the short railing to the tub deck.

Sometime around 4:30 this afternoon the tide is supposed to be high enough to get the new mooring out to the bay. Let's hope that goes well today as I don't like leaving the boat on someone else's mooring.
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The rain fortunately disappeared by about 8:30, and shortly after 9 I went over to my neighbour's place and we spent the day re-wiring his cabin. They didn't give him any breakers for his panel, so now we wait again while he tries to find the right ones for the oddball panel he has.

Shortly after 5 this afternoon, we went to move the mooring and weights out to the bay, and lo and behold the sailboat had broken away from the mooring I was using! Luckily the wind was very light and was blowing into the bay. But still and all you really don't need your boat on the loose.

Here it is up against the spit between our little bay and Herring Bay.
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It took us about an hour and a half to set the new mooring, right about where the old one was. Hopefully, this will be the last one I ever need to put in. It's a fair bit of work, and I doubt I could have done it without Steve's help.

And while we were in the bay, I spotted my old float stuck in between a couple of big rocks near Tim's place, so I rescued that and it appears to be still useful. I may change the float from the double on there now to the original I rescued this afternoon.
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Hmmm...Friday the 13th...I wonder what will happen today.

The sun is shining, I have to replace one section of chimney in the cabin, and luckily I found ONE spare in the old woodshed, brand new.

And I didn't burn breakfast! So far so good!

Some folks are coming to view the house this Sunday, they are from California. Let's hope all goes well there.
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Hope your Friday the 13th is good Keith. Good luck with the sale of your beautiful home, I only hope they can appreciate the love and sweat you put into it.
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Hi Keith,

Looking great with all of the projects. Question for you since you like to go off the grid for power (I guess necessary on an island). Have you ever built a rocket mass thermal heater? I'm looking to go off the grid for heating my greenhouse in the winter. Solar is not an option because it is out of the budget. I was just wondering if you had any experience with them.
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Hope your Friday the 13th is good Keith. Good luck with the sale of your beautiful home, I only hope they can appreciate the love and sweat you put into it.
Thanks fix...I hope so too. Fingers crossed.

Well, it has been a lovely day here so far, the clouds are just now rolling in and it has darkened up a bunch. No rain in the forecast for the evening though. All in all, a pretty good day.
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Hi Keith,

Looking great with all of the projects. Question for you since you like to go off the grid for power (I guess necessary on an island). Have you ever built a rocket mass thermal heater? I'm looking to go off the grid for heating my greenhouse in the winter. Solar is not an option because it is out of the budget. I was just wondering if you had any experience with them.
shadytrake, you're one up on me with the rocket mass heater.

So I just Google'd that to find out what it's all about. NEAT!!!! I'm going to do lots of reading on that to see just exactly what it takes to build one. If the house sells shortly here, then it will have to be at my next home. But if not, then I just may consider replacing one of the current wood stoves here with a rocket mass stove. I must admit, I have never seen efficiency like that.

If you have your greenhouse glazed on the east, west and south sides, and do a solid wall on the north side with insulation and get some thermal mass in there, you may not need a stove to keep it warm.

Years ago a university in Montreal did some tests on that and they were able to maintain reasonable heat in a Canadian winter without auxiliary heating. The article was in an old Harrowsmith magazine. I'll see if I can find the reference for it. A whole lot of my books are not here any more, so I may not have it at hand.
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shadytrake, you're one up on me with the rocket mass heater.

So I just Google'd that to find out what it's all about. NEAT!!!! I'm going to do lots of reading on that to see just exactly what it takes to build one. If the house sells shortly here, then it will have to be at my next home. But if not, then I just may consider replacing one of the current wood stoves here with a rocket mass stove. I must admit, I have never seen efficiency like that.

If you have your greenhouse glazed on the east, west and south sides, and do a solid wall on the north side with insulation and get some thermal mass in there, you may not need a stove to keep it warm.

Years ago a university in Montreal did some tests on that and they were able to maintain reasonable heat in a Canadian winter without auxiliary heating. The article was in an old Harrowsmith magazine. I'll see if I can find the reference for it. A whole lot of my books are not here any more, so I may not have it at hand.
That would be awesome if you can find it. I'm not sure if we will do any glazing as the poly panels came with the kit and it was cheap (Harbor Freight Greenhouse). It requires a bit of modification to make it strong, but for the money it is a great greenhouse. But ideas are definitely worth researching.

BTW, I bought the book on the rocket mass heater so just let me know if you have a question. I can look it up in the book. Or you can buy the download for about $20 on line. I must say that hubby and I have been avidly reading it and discussing how cheaply we can make it.
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BTW, I didn't know that you were moving. You are leaving the Island? Have you decided where you are going to land next?
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Well shadytrake, have you decided on how much it might cost you to build the heater yet? Quite curious as apparently someone did it for $20. I have a hunch it might cost much more than that. But if it does the job and uses that much less wood, then it's going to pay for itself in the very first winter.

In a cold winter (is there any other kind?) I burn close to 10 cords of wood here. That's a lot. And after reading some of the stuff on the rocket heater I have to wonder just how (in)efficient my wood stoves really are.

As for leaving the island...yes, as soon as the house sells. There's no knowing when that might actually be. I do have a place in mind, but it's still kind of up in the air.
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Well shadytrake, have you decided on how much it might cost you to build the heater yet? Quite curious as apparently someone did it for $20. I have a hunch it might cost much more than that. But if it does the job and uses that much less wood, then it's going to pay for itself in the very first winter.

In a cold winter (is there any other kind?) I burn close to 10 cords of wood here. That's a lot. And after reading some of the stuff on the rocket heater I have to wonder just how (in)efficient my wood stoves really are.

As for leaving the island...yes, as soon as the house sells. There's no knowing when that might actually be. I do have a place in mind, but it's still kind of up in the air.
Hi Keith,

The goal is under $100, but I'm thinking that it will run about $150 tops. We are still working out the design, because in a greenhouse there is water so the cob coating is out. We'll go with an alternate on that, but not sure yet.

I'll keep you posted and I'll post pictures of the process on my project so you can see our progress.

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Hi Keith,

The goal is under $100, but I'm thinking that it will run about $150 tops. We are still working out the design, because in a greenhouse there is water so the cob coating is out. We'll go with an alternate on that, but not sure yet.

I'll keep you posted and I'll post pictures of the process on my project so you can see our progress.

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Well I think $150 is considerably less expensive than any wood stove...so now matter how you slice it, a real bargain.

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