Woodpile/Woodstove Pics with your bike/dog - How do you heat your house/bike storage? Winter travel.

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  1. Sno Dawg

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    Those German Shepherds are such great looking dogs. I can only imagine that they have a great time hunting for small furry things around woodpiles. My German Wirehair is constantly grabbing sticks, chewing, and hunting for the furries around our pile.

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  2. The Haymaker

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    Mmmm..... fuzzy crunchies......

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    Our little brown hunter caught a big fat groundhog about two months ago that was under our woodpile and was shaking it like a dirty dishrag in the yard. I yelled to him from a window when I saw what was going on, and he brought it to the front door and literally threw it on the ground. The big groundhog was just laying there looking dead and I stupidly opened the door and the injured critter ran in our house followed closely by Otter. My wife was yelling - kill it, the dog was knocking over furniture and the groundhog was hissing and running for its life. I caught the dog and threw him in my truck and let the ground hog run out the back door.

    groundhog with his "Fight Club" face on
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    not sure if the groundhog made it - I know they are tough but he was torn up pretty bad
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    our fearless woodpile hunter
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  4. The Haymaker

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    'Hogs can be nasty critters. Our Aussie has perfected taking them out.

    He will randomly charge the holes, flushing out any chucks that are in the grass. He then is in position to cut them off from their hole.

    He then harasses them for a few minutes.

    He'll suddenly stop, then begin to turn away. The chuck uses this opportunity to turn and head for his hole.

    Digby will then pounce and break their neck with a single shake.

    It's fast. I had to watch the drama unfold several times before I figured out what he was doing.
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    Need some advice. Having a "Puff" problem with my old Yotul Combi. I get the fire going, then turn down the air intake to slow burn.
    On occasion, when the fire is going decently, I get a puff back out the air intake. Just for a second.
    Don't remember this ever happening before. Not that windy outside tonight.
    The chimney and pipes were just cleaned at the end of the winter last year, so there isn't any creosote build-up.

    Thoughts?
  6. Sno Dawg

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    Hey Doc,
    Is your house tight? I get that from time to time and when I crack open the back door a bit, it never happens. I was thinking wind at first, but it the flue is drafting at 100% because it is not warmed up, you might get a "PUFF" back inside from time to time. It hasn't been that cold out recently.

    Are you burning every day?

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    I had a Border Collie/Black Lab mix. Every time I was working in the shop she would head out into the woods and come back with a Chuck, Opossum, or occasional skunk (skunks never had chance to spray). She would arrange them in front of the shop door. Always on their belly, head pointed away from the door, legs splayed to the sides, in the exact same spot. I manage to see her grab a chuck a time or two and she too would use the single shake snap the neck technique.
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    I'm with Sno Dawg. If your chimney is clear and not damaged then back puffing is likely a function of draft. This is more noticeable in fall when its not bitter cold out and the chimney does not have a big temperature differential to cause a strong draft.
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    Hey Landmarker -
    I love the story about your dog arranging the kill just right. I swear my pointer does this and I have never told anyone because I thought they would think I was crazy.

    a squirrel and a groundhog - displayed just right
    as if to say - "Hey Dad, we are having meat stew tonight!"
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    Thanks. That makes sense. And yes, Snow Dawg, the house is pretty tight. Well insulated, and Anderson windows. It does stop if I crack a window. Been burning pretty much every night that it's below 45 outside. My stove basically heats the entire house, 1st floor and second, so it saves me a little gas this time of year.
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    One on my bikes and one wood pile from one neighbors ash tree about 3 cords[​IMG] [​IMG]


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  12. Sno Dawg

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    Love the KDX and all that ash is CASH.

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    I never thought I'd see the day I have too much wood.

    Lost a couple massive maples in last month's storms.

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    These woodpiles remind me of a true story from my days in Vermont.
    I, of course was obsessed with my wood, spending a good part of the summer chain-sawing a truck-load of trees down to splittable bits, then renting a splitter for a week. The kids loved it! NOT! Then, I'd move it to the stacks in the garage and on the porch from up by the barn.
    10 cords every year for 10 years! I never had to go to the gym during that time. Best exercise ever!

    One day, in the office, I was examining an old Vermonter for a hernia. To make conversation, I asked him what kind of stove he had.
    He hesitated for a minute, then said that when it got cold, he just turned up the thermostat!:-) True story!

    Now, I just go to the wood bin and get the wood that my father-in-law splits for me. He loves doing it, and checks the bin once a week to see if wood is needed. And he chops up wooden pallets from his shop for kindling, where they repair heavy equipment.

    And he just turned 90! :clap:clap
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  16. Sno Dawg

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    Yo Haymaker
    Holy crap that is a lot of wood and it looks like great stuff. I imagine that you go outside every once and a while to look at it and it makes you smile. I can see my woodpile from kitchen window and I always think of it as future heat as it sits there stacked, drying and waiting for its time to come inside our house and warm us.

    You seem to have some serious machinery which makes the wood gathering, splitting and stacking more fun.

    It your pile near your house? It looks like it is in the middle of a field.

    BTW - you are in the lead for the book with your woodpile in my opinion. I hope you like to read by your wood stove.

    Sno Dawg
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    Yo Doc,
    Great story!!!! I have heard about the Vermonters burning huge amounts of wood to heat their houses. I can imagine that you got a really good laugh from that hernia patient. Good thing he didn't come in with a strained forearm muscle from turning up the thermostat!

    Are you going to the Dirty Santa Ride at Reading Anthracite tomorrow?

    Sno Dawg
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    Jotul F600, my favorite thing from December til March
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    85A18F7E-3931-4775-A6C3-7F57C2D2C3F5.jpeg Jotul Oslo 500 on the first floor. The F600 in the basement is good by itself down to about zero, steady below zero temps usually require both stoves running to keep the house in the low 70s.
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