Posted by Joanchek on Monday, April 6, 2009
Today was spaying day for the puppy, and I was ready, for once. I had all her bedding clean and her crate washed down, had read up on her post-surgery meds, all the details in place. Yesterday was a lovely day and I made sure she was very tired by bedtime. The procedure went well, but she's a woozly thing. She'll be back to her rambunctious self in a couple of days, I think.
This morning dawned chilly--front moved in and we're due for some of that snow that hit the midwest on Sunday tomorrow morning. Saturday we used the end of the corn, so on Sunday I took advantage of a warm house to clean the stove really well and put the wood pellet firepot in, so that we can use up the last 500 pounds of pellets or so this spring. This morning I lit the fire and made coffee. Twenty minutes later the fire was out. Not unheard of--it happens sometimes. I relit the fire, and the same thing happened. Now, if the fire doesn't stay lit it usually means that something is plugged with ash. And I can assure you that I did a bang-up job of cleaning every nook and cranny and vent in that stove; there was no way that it was dirty. I did wonder if I mis-installed a component, but the stove is a pretty simple gadget and I could not think of anything I might have done in error. I took a good look inside--everything looked fine. Until I looked into the hopper. It really helps if you put some pellets in there, you know?
Warm and toasty in the house for a recovering pup all day.
Monday, April 6, 2009 @9:49:42 PM
Joan, I think you've got something there if you can twenty minutes of fire without fuel. People have been trying to do that for years. There are a lot of people that would be happy to restart the fire every 20 minutes if they didn't need any fuel. Of course, it's not going to make the fuel companies very happy. ;-)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 @4:52:15 AM
Wonder if I can bottle that.... hmmm...
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