wood heat

First you climb the roof to clean the stove pipe.

dipping the pipebrush

It’s a soapstone stove with catalytic combustor, but ash and creosote still accrete, so brushing’s needed once a year.  Your wife’s in the house beside the stove, hugging the stovepipe with plastic bag under the pipe — a precaution against ashy house syndrome.

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monster with light in the woods

The machine gets its treads and claws into the project. Here’s a picture of our old septic drain field (with compost bin) and  its replacement going in below.

beneath compost, beginning

Often I take the drain field for granted.  Also known as the leach-field, this is where the rural household effluent goes… if one wants a land with scant impurities going into streams, ponds, rivers—the water table itself….  If we’ve had a deluge forcing notice of our decrepit septic system we may need it made new.  I can’t post a smell, nor would I want to, but you’ll recall this smell without that:  Like garbage, sewage seems to smell the same everywhere.

1_maw    teeth

The monster also has teeth!

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