Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Worst is Over
The worst of this cold snap is over. It was still pretty frosty this morning, I think my outside thermometer read 11 degrees when I went out to feed, but the wind has died back to nothing which makes all the difference in the world. We ended up using an entire truckload of split firewood in three days that normally lasts us a week plus we were taking some off the normal stacks I keep next to the stove as well.
Under normal conditions having the large wood furnace is doable. The extra work it requires is small potatoes with chainsaws and fossil fuels. IN a grid down situation though, especially with these Alberta clippers that come through, it would be back to the smaller wood stove and huddling in one room until they pass. As it is the furnace barely keeps one room warm enough with that wind and single digit temps anyway and eats through the wood to do so. The furnace really is great 90% of the time but doesn't handle the extreme winds and deep cold as well as it should. It's kinda like after a certain curve is reached between wind speed and temp it's usefulness falls dramatically. I have seen days when the temps were below zero and it did just fine but other times it would read 20 out and the high winds just shut her down. Only thing you can do in that situation is manually over ride the thermostat inside the furnace and go with it.
It's suppose to heat up into the high 20's today and the forecast is now saying snow starting in a few hours. I had planned on taking the 8N back into the pasture and cutting up some small Locust trees I have dead back there but that may not happen.
Just playing the wait and see game right now.
Speaking of wait and see. It seems the magical number now for any of my posts to update is eight hours. Since this has been going on comments are down by a bit and overall daily hits have fallen by half. I was averaging about 2000 hits a day and I am now down to about 1000. Not one bit of helpful information from the blogger help forums either. Just some questions and then nothing. I can sit here and watch other blogs I have linked update within minutes all day long while mine sits in limbo. Occasionally one will update within a relatively timely fashion but it is rare, I would say one out of ten.
I guess since it's free you get what you pay for.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!