Thursday, October 24, 2013
I always hear tell that Missouri is a Prairie state. That always struck me as funny because if you find any open land South of I-70 it's a pretty good bet it was cleared for farming and had been forest land before that. Now up North the glaciated plains are pretty open so maybe that's what they are referring to. The Small-Hold however seems to be the exception laying squarely in some prairie throwback belt which manages to be a mile or so wide by five or so long winding through thick oak forests.
Several years ago this part of Central Missouri was known as the horse lands as it seemed most of the horse people ended up buying small farms in this open area. There are still quite a few of them around here and there. A couple of big stables and smaller farms as well as some larger organizations.
Why I bring this up is because it makes the Winters in the Small-Hold extra harsh for the area. Being situated on top of some open highlands like we are the wind is a constant irritant and guaranteed to make 40 degrees feel like 20. The temps haven't been too bad here today but the wind will cut right through ya.
So today was my first test of Winter more or less. I pulled some more logs out from a clear cut the power company guys left and then focused my attention to some final steps I needed to finish before Winter really sets in. I wrapped the air conditioners in plastic, filled in some places with insulation and blew out the ash shelf on the wood furnace.
It was then time to fire her up for the first time and make sure everything was working properly.
So far so good. I have a nice draw on the flue and the blower kicked in without a hitch. One little split of heat tape had appeared on the hot air duct coming in which I fixed but otherwise all seems in order.
The forecast is predicting a low of 28 tonight with fairly strong winds so it seemed like a good time to run a full Winters test.
Next week I am going to have to purchase some straw bales to place along the foundation of the house and wrap the bee hives in cheap foam insulation to give them a little added protection against the cold and wind. I had been constructing wind breaks each year but I am kinda expanding past that being a feasible option at this point.
I still need to get the generator cover finished on the porch as well.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!