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Bruce F
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"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
For the past two weeks I don't think the temperature has gotten above 0º F, and its been going down to -20º most nights, roughly 30º below normal. This has been unpleasant. My masonry heater has been working overtime, usually three firings (each time using ...
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Putting Away Equipment for the Year
Now that the harvesting is done we clean and then put a lot of our equipment into the shed, which measures 40' x 120', so that it's protected from the elements.  We'll take it out again next spring. After some thought, Dad and I came up with a way to pack i...
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First Curing Fire in Masonry Heater
It will take three fires a day, starting very small, for a total of 7 days, and ending with the firebox full of firewood, to "cure" all the mortar.  The place I bought the doors and refractory slabs from, Solid Rock Masonry in Duluth, MN, gave me a helpful ...
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Corn Harvest 2017
More on previous harvests here .
Corn Harvest 2017
Corn Harvest 2017
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Masonry Heater is Done
My friend Andy came up from Chicago to lay the fieldstone I'd picked and prepped around the masonry heater. Next spring I plan on applying a clear sealer to the heater so the the colors - blues, greens, yellows, reds, white, oranges, browns - of the stones ...
Masonry Heater is Done
Masonry Heater is Done
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Farmhouse Construction Update #10 - Video of Masonry Heater + Snow (!)
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Masonry Heater Update #2
I've got the precast downdraft channels attached to the sides and the clay flue liner run from the base of the heater to where it starts going up to the roof. Andy is supposed to come here in the next day or two and help me clad the whole thing with the fie...
Masonry Heater Update #2
Masonry Heater Update #2
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My 70 lb Lapdog
  I spent the day trying to fix a tractor, not working on my masonry heater (among other things). The days go by quickly, filled with a seemingly never ending list of projects. Its hard to plan as very often I'm forced to completely drop what I'm doing due ...
My 70 lb Lapdog
My 70 lb Lapdog
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Masonry Heater Progress
 Some of the smaller rocks that we've picked were dumped near the house earlier this summer. They still have a bit of dirt on them, which I'm now cleaning with our balky pressure washer. The motor surges and eventually dies. The internet has a solution , wh...
Masonry Heater Progress
Masonry Heater Progress
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Fall Tillage
Tilling ground uncovers a lot of rocks, ones that are big enough to do damage to planting and harvesting equipment, so they need to be picked up and dumped at the edge of the field. It's an ongoing problem. There are large piles of rocks all around the bord...
Fall Tillage
Fall Tillage
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