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Messages - borealis

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Ok ... wood stove questions ... "don't let it smoulder" ... but if you turn the draft down, how does it NOT smoulder?  My woodstove is one of those glass front types and the draft is controlled by a handle that you pull in and out ... I never seem to get much air this way, so a lot of the time, I just crack the door open a bit.  I obviously have A LOT to learn about wood stoves.  I do have a good friend close by who heats his house with nothing but wood and he would give me some hands on training.  Note to self.

Having your friend come over and spend a couple hours with you and your stove is a good idea.

If you have had a hot fire going for a while - your firewood is burning well with strong flames and no smoke to speak of - then when you close/turn down the draft it should continue to combust, just not as fast and with less evident flame. If it's smouldering it isn't combusting well.

Another issue is your chimney. I assume you have a standard double wall steel chimney. It has to stick up above the highest peak of your house and needs to be the right size for your stove.

Besides your stove draft letting air into the firebox, your chimney needs to be drawing air upwards. If your fire is hard to light, or smoke comes into the room when you open the stove door, your chimney isn't drawing well. Your chimney is a tall column of cold air. When you first light your fire, you need to get that column of air warm enough to rise. Sometimes, if necessary, you can speed that up by burning a bunch of paper right under the flue outlet inside the firebox.

Wouldn't hurt to read this:

http://woodheat.org/all-about-chimneys.html
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
You on fire yet, raven?

It seems to be pretty awful this year.
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And back on the topic of heat generation ... summer cooling was easy because my cooling load matched my available power - solar.

But in winter, my heating load (in my particular situation) is greatest at two times ... right before bed ... and right before getting up in the morning. In the middle of the night and when I'm gone, not much heat is needed.

But my available solar power doesn't occur at those times ... and if I'm going to run the wood stove, the best time is to fire it up about 5pm and run it until bedtime.

So ...

Are you actually putting your fire out when you go to bed?

If you're heating with wood in winter, you don't need to let the fire go out at all. Make a roaring hot fire in the morning. Just before you leave, chuck some firewood in there and turn the draft down. Come home from work. Open the draft wide open, add firewood. Run a hot fire until bedtime. Rinse and repeat. Result. Warm house, cools down but doesn't freeze while you work or sleep, lots of hot coals left, fire takes off in seconds when you add wood and open draft. And no creosote build-up.

How much wood to add depends on your stove, its size, your firewood. Don't let your fire smoulder. It should never ever smoulder. If you look into your firebox and smoke is coming off your fuel, you need more air in there or drier wood.
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Well yeah.

Nevertheless, Tyvek, for a weird accidentally discovered plastic fabric, can be an interesting material to work with creatively. You can paint it, sew it, glue it, cut it, can't easily tear it. If Dave really wants a transportable home, and doesn't want to have four million large staples in his strawbale interior walls, hanging Tyvek curtains all around would save him a lot of work. And if he wanted to get creative, he could paint them.
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Air infiltration.

Focus.

Well, you just yell at people when they offer advice or observations on air infiltration, so an interesting diversion's in order, wouldn't you say?

I'll offer my thoughts on the matter and see if I get a 'manipulative bitch' or 'good dog'.

If you must use Tyvek for your interior walls, note that it glues up fine with a variety of organic glues, such as casein and even rabbit skin glue. Also it's very paintable with water based paints such as acrylics and latex. However, a layer of paint increases the weight of the material enormously, about 10 pounds per gallon of interior paint. You could in fact paint it and hang it like curtains.

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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Afaics, every time Trump does/says anything remotely 'normal', your mainstream media jumps on it with great eagerness and pretty much heaps praise on the man. Same with anything remotely positive your government does. And I completely understand that, it's a desperate attempt to employ positive reinforcement in the hopes of encouraging more normality from the Trump administration.

I think this backfires with the majority of Americans who are low information voters even during elections and mostly tune out all politics between elections, because it bores them. They don't really notice anything different from the usual historically ordinary media back and forth on whether a government is performing well or not.

They won't understand how bad this government is until they personally find themselves suffering the consequences, and at that point it is usually too late.

Then there's shit like this: an appalling percentage of Republicans think it's a good idea to pre-emptively start a war with North Korea:

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There was a pretty striking finding in Thursday's Quinnipiac University poll: Fully 46 percent of Republicans -- a plurality -- said they would support a preemptive strike against North Korea.
That's nearly half of President Trump's party that is ready for war -- today -- with Kim Jong Un, his nuclear weapons and all. (Forty-one percent said they opposed a preemptive strike.)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/14/almost-half-of-republicans-want-war-with-north-korea-says-a-new-poll-is-it-the-trump-effect/?utm_term=.d873c8b0d35d

These are people who are either horrible people, or people who have no understanding whatsoever of the real human cost of war. I honestly find it difficult to believe there are that many people who can even superficially think like that.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
do you guys get 'birthday apples' over there?   = have been in cold storage so long that their first birthday is nigh... good lord we can get some awful floury brown/bruised shitty apples over here

Once they get that nasty we usually are just getting Australian and South African green apples, which have very little flavour and what there is reminds one of apple-scented shampoo. Or truly awful red delicious which look like wax on the outside and are yes awful floury brown shitty apples. I just don't buy apples so far out of season. They are good until spring, then quality drops rapidly.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
Almost any fresh October apples are wonderful. I have some right now that seem to have been mislabelled in the grocery store. Supposed to be Lady apples (not Pink Lady), an old French variety, but these are too large, and have a more oblong shape and more red skin. Whatever they are they are very crisp-tender and extremely juicy, and medium tart. Would eat again. :D
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
Also buy some Cox Orange apples at a roadside stand somewhere in the area. You won't regret it.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
You should take an afternoon off and take your students out to the end of Cape Split. It's only a 2 hour hike, not far from where you'll be, mostly easy walking, and spectacular views plus it's all deciduous trees in fall colours right now.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
I know, totally miserable. But unless something changes, we have mostly sun and highs of 13 to 19 at least until next sunday.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
Moving is hell.

I'd be up for putting the game on hold for a bit, with your health and two moves and me heading to Nova Scotia to not really kill borealis for really real in real life this is not a joke. But if you are fine to keep going then I'll just apply for a replacement when I go away if still alive

Are you coming for work or touristing?
Work, heading for Blue Beach again with a couple new students to look for fossils relevant to their projects

Ah, so fun work. Hope they find some right relevant relics. Our weather is holding nicely so it should be lovely rather than mind-numbing cold.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
he's coming to kill you  :ohmy:

((rach)) glad you got to hospital quickly


 :smug:  He can try.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
Moving is hell.

I'd be up for putting the game on hold for a bit, with your health and two moves and me heading to Nova Scotia to not really kill borealis for really real in real life this is not a joke. But if you are fine to keep going then I'll just apply for a replacement when I go away if still alive

Are you coming for work or touristing?
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
Hope you get through this soon, rach. Sucks.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
It's 1:00 a.m.

Maybe town should lynch me. I'm going to bed.

It's just possible bili and I have been talking around each other, because I feel like if he isn't scum he's at least not understanding anything I've posted to him. Or he's just scum wasting time.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
OK so your computer got hacked? You didn't have a home invasion as you said earlier?

Obviously there was an invasion. But no, no violent confrontation. I think you may have read too much into my dramatic description in one post.  :unsure:
Well no in one your home was invaded and in the other your communications blocked. That's inconsistent.

I'm pretty much assuming my personal computer is in my home, but I suppose you could assume differently. I was not considering remote hacking, tbh.
Russian hacking, that is a real stretch of the imagination, agreed. :unsure:

I'm just going to ask if you can see some scum motivation in how I reported the block/whatever. Because otherwise this is getting ridiculous, bili.
So you say.

Not being completely revealing is anti town. Stop being coy about this.

COY?

I am not now and never have been COY and I revealed every single point and possibility raised by the GM's pm as clearly as I could without directly quoting it.  That is clearly not anti-town and your saying it is will not make it so.

I'd switch my vote to you right now except it looks like you may want me to do that.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
Yeah I feel like Bili just wifomed his way into my maybe scum bucket.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
You're missing LD
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
OK so your computer got hacked? You didn't have a home invasion as you said earlier?

Obviously there was an invasion. But no, no violent confrontation. I think you may have read too much into my dramatic description in one post.  :unsure:
Well no in one your home was invaded and in the other your communications blocked. That's inconsistent.

I'm pretty much assuming my personal computer is in my home, but I suppose you could assume differently. I was not considering remote hacking, tbh.
Russian hacking, that is a real stretch of the imagination, agreed. :unsure:

I'm just going to ask if you can see some scum motivation in how I reported the block/whatever. Because otherwise this is getting ridiculous, bili.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
OK so your computer got hacked? You didn't have a home invasion as you said earlier?

Obviously there was an invasion. But no, no violent confrontation. I think you may have read too much into my dramatic description in one post.  :unsure:
Well no in one your home was invaded and in the other your communications blocked. That's inconsistent.

I'm pretty much assuming my personal computer is in my home, but I suppose you could assume differently. I was not considering remote hacking, tbh.
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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
OK so your computer got hacked? You didn't have a home invasion as you said earlier?

Obviously there was an invasion. But no, no violent confrontation. I think you may have read too much into my dramatic description in one post.  :unsure:
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Raccoon thread
There's always... British pet skunks!

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Mafia / Re: Trump Mafia Day 2
K.

What is bothering me about this is two things. First, how did you take that to mean you were blocked? Setting aside the flavor confusion (lol) and your immediate assumption it was scum, you posted pretty positively that it was a block. Then equivocated that it could be a flavour cop or whatever admittedly (although those are rarer mechanics than what I think it was).

Second, its your slow trickle of information about this. This doesn't seem very forthright. You seem unwilling to commit to a firm story about it.

I don't think it was a slow trickle at all.  I took it as a block because I was blocked from my personal communications overnight. Then it occurred to me that looking through my stuff might imply an investigative role also, such as a role cop.

I can't very well quote the pm, and it isn't long enough to explain any better than I have without quoting it directly. I mean I could as easily have left it at 'I was blocked by Russians' and there'd be no wifom around it, which makes it I suppose a learning moment.  :awgee: