burning wood & shoeing

snow and beech

snow and beech



Something unusual happened the other morning. Took about an hour before I could put the combustor on.


Before calling the fire good, we lift the lever on the side of the woodstove to engage the combustion. This makes that wood burn hotter and keeps creosote from building in the stovepipe. Heat waves, and no smoke out the chimney. I keep my eye on the temperature gauge to see when the heat is at maybe 325°F in the pipe. Then I raise the lever.  Friday I made a mistake of putting on more wood at one time than is wise…. And the temp on the stovepipe went down. Had not seen that happen, ever. Sometimes it gets too hot and then the house smells of hot dust (from the dusty pipe) and I come in fast to put the lever up. This also, as you know, prevents chimney fires and house-burn.

We went snowshoeing on frosted glass. At least, that’s what it felt like. R. went ahead of me, breaking the trail over snow that had a top layer of frozen ice from freezing rain. The sound of our tracking through it reminded me of a coal-fired steam train building speed. We are hoping for better conditions tomorrow, as snow will be falling freshly in good flakiness, coating the fir trees and pines. Making the woods festive and frosty in a good way.

Wishing you the very best this time of year, and always.

snowy woods

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