Been quite busy this week. I made reference to ‘being busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest’, and believe me, I feel it. The pic below is actually one of the lighter weight projects. The stove cap for the new pipe. I did upgrade that pipe to 3 1/2″ and the daggum thing works pretty good now. No more belching.
And we have been getting more wood from the hills. This is a load of hickory we picked up. I split it later. One truck load equals half a row in my “hillbilly woodshed”. This monster was this mornings project. Doesn’t look like much in the pic, but that beast weighed down the truck to near danger levels.(and thats the dad cutting through one half, I had to take the pic so you can’t see me cutting through the other half.) and back home unloaded, and I am trying to split these into smaller chunks that I can use. That first bust is the hard one. Once you have it in half, the rest of the splits seem like magic in comparison. Out of order of course, This is the finished stove door. 1/8″ groove welded to the back side you can’t see for the gasket, the damper is a 4″ disc of stainless I had laying around. The handle is actually the top of the propane bottle in reverse welded to the 1/2″nut and the plate. There are 6 1″ holes behind the damper that you can’t see. I am working on wrapping a spring to attach to that handle to cut the heat but it works for now. It doesn’t get TOO hot, but it will warm your paw if you aren’t careful.
There are pics that didn’t get taken unfortunately. This has been first heavy harvest week. Beans and Corn in and everyone has been jumping around to the different gardens to help each other out. The pressure canners have been ticking away, and there have been more than a couple meals of beans and cornbread to go round. Not much meat, but then we are burning through some serious carbs this week, not so much the protein. I say first heavy harvest as there has been a gleaning of cucumbers and tomatoes all this month, as they ripen. Potatoes will be soon, and that is one big field that everyone in the family uses. That will be a fun day. I can see at least a couple potatoes used for skeet again. Always someone shooting their mouth off about being good shots and that leads to ‘testing’, and more than a few laughs.
Would stick around and talk more but there is more that needs done and while the days are long right now, it still seems like there just ain’t enough daylight.
Its been busy.