Making things happen

I’m sitting here on my soft couch, with my legs horizontol, on a Sunday evening, staring into the lively flames in my awesome stove. I’m pretty tired from an eventful weekend, where I spent all of Saturday and the morning of Sunday preparing for a visit from a large part of my family on Sunday afternoon. Some of the evenings of the previous days were also utilized. The occasion was my birthday (in nine days) and my purchase of real estate. It was the geographically closest part of the family, or sort of.

I’ve built an extra table, fixed my lawn mower, splitted logs, washed clothes, done a lot of shopping, borrowed tableware, mowed my lawn, cleaned my windows, vacuumed, dusted, set the tables with tableware etc., put together two large cream/fruit cakes, and probably other stuff that I don’t remember. Just fixing the lawn mower involved sharpening its knife and changing its air filter, spark plug, oil and gasoline. Using a sandpaper roundel on my angle grinder, the knife went from utterly dull to very deadly.

I’m starting to get the hang of using my stove. I light it by removing most ash residue in the burning area, opening all secondary air intakes and then placing two thin logs at the bottom, some kindling on top of them and two or three firelighters between the kindling. The door is kept slightly ajar, while this pile burns down and gets the stove warmed up. I let the pile turn almost into embers before proceeding. Then I add two logs, still relatively thin ones, close the door and open the primary air intake at the bottom (the “choke valve” if you compare the stove to a combustion engine). While these two logs burn down, the primary air intake is open. Since my stove has Aduro-tronic, I have to force this using the Aduro key. Now, after probably 30 to 60 minutes, the stove is ready to burn bigger logs and without forced primary air. I wait until there is almost only embers left before adding new logs. The trick, or challenge, is to wait as long as possible without letting the stove lose some of its heat. When adding new logs I use Aduro-tronic to open the primary air intake for approx six minutes. I might have to extend this period at some point by turning a screw somewhere inside the stove.

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A family member gave me an idea today, which I’m considering. When I’m adding insulation to the attic at some point in the early spring, it would be a great idea to install some piping and a blower to move hot air from the living room to the other end of the house. The piping would be in attic and be isolated. The only visible installations would be two or three air ducts. The blower would be controlled by a thermostat. It turns out my brother has some experience installing this kind of things.

Over and out. Party hard. Don’t use “fate” as an excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen. \m/