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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by 066blaster, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. 066blaster

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    I believe if i was not around and my wife was in control of the wood burner, with in a week the house would be burned down. she just doesn't get it!!
     
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    Educate her before something does happen then.
     
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    when I am leaving for deer season , I just turn the oil furnace up to 68 and accept it is the price of leaving the house for any time.

    I do need to work on educating my family more , I'll get there eventually.
     
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    i should weld a latch on it and lock it.
     
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    It took a bit of teaching her what not to do, but after a few weeks she was efficient at building and maintaining a fire.
     
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    My wife is highly educated and a successful business woman but dumber than a rock with anything mechanical.

    She loves the OWB and wanted to tend to it while I was away for 2 weeks so I gave her a thorough training session......my stove and wood is all under one roof so I spent a few hours digging out small pieces for her to handle.

    I come home to 1 foot of coals and ashes, wood slung everywhere , wood thrown in sideways, half burnt wood laying on ground cause she thought it went out during a long cycle.

    Then I walk inside the house and the heatpump is running.....she said " oh I thought that thermostat went to boiler "
    I even marked both thermostats with red marker.....one says boiler and on says heatpump.

    She does well in the kitchen though.
     
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    I must be lucky. My wife helped me cut today for a few hours. We also loaded a truck load of dry splits and brought them to the house and stacked them. She ran the stove herself alone for 8 days while I was away about a week ago..... Fishing in the Keys;)
    She was nervous at first years ago. After a few years of learning the ropes she is completely trust worthy. Take your time. Many ladies can grasp the stove operation deal.
     
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    If this wasn't such a disaster I'd say its the funniest story Ive heard here in quite some time:laughing: Sorry!
     
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    The thing that you have to remember is that when you get one running just right the other one will go out on you!!!!!:blob2:
     
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    I’m lucky..my wife has no problem starting and operating the wood furnace other than waiting a little too long to refuel, the surprising part is she has never camped or even made a fire off any kind outside of the burner.

    I do get some of the credit, the wood is always dry and stacked in the garage and the kindling is Oak slats split and kept indoors so it’s a pretty pain-free undertaking. I’ve also got about 30’ off dead straight flue so it drafts like a wind tunnel.
     
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    And to think, an owb would be the easiest to maintain. No damper or draft settings to adjust, no pieces that are to wet or dry to look for..., just keep it full.

    We’re putting in a kuuma in our new house and I have little hope my wife will do anything regarding operation. She didn’t even like the new snowblower I bought because it had a choke on it.

    She does on the other hand enjoy splitting wood, so I’ll take what I can get.
     
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    No wife (thankfully) but rent part of my house out.

    They have the ability to make it 90* and 3 hrs later it's 55*.
    It stays around 65-70* just fine when I tend to it.
     
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    Wives and camp fires to do a minor hijack. Married a german gal and brought her to San Angelo, Tx air base. She had never been camping. Buddy organized a catfishing'/fry weekend. Plan was to go out Friday night, run a trotline all night and do fish fry the next day at the local reservoir. We arrive, set up camp, and drive the shore line until we have load of drift wood. back at camp and light off a nice campfire. About every hour we run the trotline. Comes dark and we head out for another run. Out about 1/4 mile and look back. The entire shore is lit up. Back to camp as fast as the small boat could run. Wife had shoved every stick of wood on the fire "But it was dark!!".
     
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    It works both ways........ we’re no good at handbag shopping :)
     
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    My old lady can manage the wood stove just fine. Going on 15 years together. Maybe not as efficient as I am, but non-the-less she gladly tends the fire for the savings in heating costs.
     
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    Most woman dont get it because they are not exposed to that kind of thinking EVER. And honestly I do think it is a genetic thing. Women’s minds just do not work the same as men’s and that is obvious in a lot of cases.

    My wife makes more money than me and is very smart. But when it comes to this kind of stuff, mechanical or other common sense kind of mechanical thinking situations, she is not good at it.

    But we have our system down and she does well with it.

    I get up at 4:15 in the morning and the stove is loaded by 430. I leave by 5:15 to 5:30. I make sure I put enough wood in the stove to where it is down to mostly coals by 7 o’clock.

    We have one of those nylon wood carrying sacks. I put in it what I want her to put in the stove when she loads it at 7:00. And I actually stack the wood in the carrying sack in the same manner I want her to put in the stove.

    Usually i give her a large split to put in the middle and one smaller one for each side of it. Load north to south.

    Gave her a modest temp to reach before dampering down, 500 stove top. This stove can handle 700 no problem. knowing it will be ok if she accidentally waits a bit to long to actually damper it down.

    The blower is still on and there are still plenty of colas left when i get home from work to load it up again.

    I just make a nice HOT fire every day.


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    my wife use to let the fire just about burn out, and then just lay a bunch of splits flat on top of what was left of hot coals. of course it would never get going
    so i told her and showed her to criss cross them a little to get some air flow going. now what she does resembles a little cabin made out of lincoln logs, basically stacked wood around the outer perimeter of the stove with 1 dropped east and west right inside the door and one way in the back. also door is not fully latched most times. and over loaded with draft wide open. or house full of smoke from her trying to relight it.
     
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    I'm Fortunate in that the Wife does just fine tending the woodstove, she can even build a fire herself from an empty stove, and on occasion will even clean out the ashes herself:)

    She grew up on 6 acres just outside of town, and her Dad, kept a woodstove going all the time (I sure Miss Him:() and she probably learned from him.

    She not only does well with the woodstove, but she also likes our trips to the woods to cut firewood, and enjoys running the splitter.
    She actually WANTED, and Got her OWN Chainsaw for Christmas last Year, a Little Husky 445. She is still more comfortable running the splitter, but she is getting use to running her saw, and is learning to RESPECT, but not FEAR the saw, although showing her a couple Kickback videos, did make her pay attention;)


    Doug :cheers:
     
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    My wife is the stove expert. Cleans out and starts on her own pretty much every morning. I really like getting up to a well running stove every morning. No, she's not available I plan to keep her!
     
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    Not even available to tend to my stove? I have a wife. Don’t need another. But ill take a stove caddy.

    Dont tell her I referred to her as a stove caddy


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