Here in Germany, Thanksgiving is of course not celebrated and is just a regular workday, so my family and I do the big feast on Saturday. Right now the bird is in the oven. Fantastic 🙂
This year is a rather special one because the woodstove we ordered way back in April finally arrived this morning (there’s a huge order backlog due to the crazy heating fuel costs here).
No we are really enjoying a holiday ambience. What a warmth these things emit. Reminds me of my New England childhood winters.
Not only are we well-supplied with firewood for the winter (thanks to Metal Harry), but also with other essentials as well (thanks to Scotland, among others).
All in all, this skeptic is living pretty much carbon neutral. We’ve got 12 KW of solar capacity installed on the roof, rarely ever fly anymore, have a vegetable and berry garden that produces from June to October and now we’re heating with renewable wood. Hey alarmists, anytime you want to compare carbon footprints… But I confess, I’m a big meat eater.
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
20 responses to “Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Everybody!”
Can I suggest that you move the wine further from the fire? Wine lays down best best in coolish conditions. At least that’s what I was always led to understand.
Good point! The stove radiates to the front and very little to the side. But it’s warm all the way around
Yeah , that was also the first thing that came up to me seeing the image.
So you are a big meat eater. That means that you are a vegetarian. Cows eat grass. You eat cows. Simple.
That’s the low carb food , is it ?
How’s your weight nowadays. I remember you before you lost your weight and after you went to that lecture. About ten years ago ?
BMI stuck at about 25. More important is the hip/waist ratio, which for me is less than 0.90. I’ve walked 5 million steps a year (13,600+ per day), for the past 3 years. I stay pretty active. I like to say: movement is life, life is movement.
Although your stove appears to be a bit smaller than mine, it looks handsome there keeping the other goods comfortable. Can I assume the flue was there prior, or did your purchase include delivery and installation?
When I was born the family heated with coal and switched to gas a few years later.
Modern wood stoves are marvelous inventions. I need to go add a little wood as soon as I hit “post”.
The US NWS thinks I may have a temperature of 5°F next Friday at dawn. That -15° in the Celsius system. Ouch!
It came with everything: stove, flue, stainless steel chimney outside the house, glass base and installation. German regulations/standards are quite strict when it comes to woodstoves. The chimney sweeper can shut it down if installation/operation don’t comply.
This morning I was surprised to find how little ash had deposited in the ash pan. Also very little smoke comes out the chimney, as the stove burns pretty completely.
The Great Left Coast State of Washington instituted wood stove rules a number of years ago. I don’t know when, but when mine was installed (7 Ybp), the rules were in place. State assistance has been used to get rid of the old stoves and only allow new ones such as yours.
My wine, such as it is, is in a hall closet away from the room with the stove.
Hope you enjoy your woodstove, I have two nat. Gasfire places which are great for Missouri winters. The only wood I burn is the fire pit on the back patio and my brother in law gave me a quarter pick up truck load so I’m all set. Have a safe warm winter 😊
That’s NOT a problem as long as you eat meat created in this manner…
If you can find or have access in Germany to that no problem with eating meat, neither for you or the Planet! Just a problem for the dead Cow but f u c k it because in the short term you’ll also be dead and go into the Big Cycle!
Nice looking stove. I am working on my installation as we speak and is scheduled to be installed on 23rd. Some stoves are on a very long delivery. Luckily my first choice was only a few weeks but a Norwegian make would not have arrived until the summer.
Great to hear. You’ll enjoy it!
I traded a wood stove a friend had for boards in his 12′ trailer. That stove heats the whole 4 major rooms EASYILY! AND I have 75+ acres of woods – Shagbark Hickory, hickory, Beech, Maple etc etc etc.
I love Rural KY!
You’re all set! 🙂
Yep! Based on the projections for increased NG prices I bought and had installed by a professional a fireplace insert during late summer. I have access to all the hardwood I could possibly need already cut and split to the size I need for the most part. I have laid in enough cured wood for this winter no matter how under a lean-to I added on the back of my detached garage. Given the chance I will bring in another load to cure out further for next winter
Initial use of the insert indicates that it will heat my entire 3 two bath single story home IF I can figure out a way to efficiently move the heat into the bedroom, which serves as my office and general junk room that is furthest away from the fireplace which is located in the living room.
There is no heat like that from wood! And my central Indiana home will be nice and toasty this winter.
The next major purchase will be a standby generator. I have a generator. My home is located near the end of a line and we have lost power 5 times this year for various reasons. I have a generator I can hook up to run my furnace or insert and fridge and a few lights and a TV, etc. But my well pump and water heater are both 220V and beyond the capacity for my generator to power. So there is a standby whole house generator running off NG in my future.
Nowadays you can’t even rely on the government and typical institutions to provide the most basic of services, like power and water. Pretty sad.
We moved in 2001 and electrical service has always been less than optimal here. The line from our electricity provider ends 1/2 mile down the road to the south. The cables run through lots of woods and so more often than not it is dead fall that takes it out.
Usual outages last less than 5 hours. But several years ago when we had an ice storm we went over a week without power.
A gas main runs underground on the other side of the road that runs in front of our house so I figure the chance of our NG supply being interrupted is minimal and thus the plan to use NG. It I were made out of money I would have a flex-fuel generator installed and have an LP tank as a secondary backup. But I don’t see that happening.
Anyway forecast high here at my central Indiana home today is 35 F and low 18 F and the insert is doing it’s job as I write this.