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The Joys of Moving Firewood Logs when it’s Super Cold Outside!

17 Feb , 2014  

Cold_firewood_Thumb The project for the weekend was to build an outside fire to warm some pieces of wood splitting equipment. The equipment runs off of hydraulics and the fluid needed to be thawed out. The logs could be split by hand, but they are over 24″ in diameter and the wood splitter would make the task so much easier. Plus, with the monster generator running, I could charge the deep cycle batteries at the same time.

Now one may criticize me for not having enough firewood and why make the effort to search for logs under the snow? I do in fact have great wood for firewood. It’s nice cut and perfectly dried hardwood firewood, but, this particular firewood has been reserved for only the indoor wood stove. Unlike the Pine, the mix of Maple and Birch hardwood firewood give really high BTU’s and long, clean burn time. So, I don’t want to waste the good wood for outside fire. I guess it stems back to my woodworking hoarding days, where you want to save the perfect piece of birds eye lumber for the supreme project.

Back in the summer, when my folks came out and we had cut down 5 standing dead Pine trees. Each tree was cut into lengths and piled in a log cabin style. This type of wood was ideal for an outdoor fire. The only catch was the 4 to 6 foot long logs needed to be hauled a short distance. Plus, it was wicked cold outside, minus -27 degrees celsius without the wind chill. The whole process took 4 times longer than planned. As many people may already know, doing anything outside when its bitter cold is difficult. Aside from the fear of freezing your fingers and toes, the amount of clothes you have worn makes movement cumbersome. I would dress in 4 layers of clothing for legs and 4 layers on torso. When comes to simple tasks, like chopping wood or using a hammer, it’s easy to make mistakes. It feels like you are the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

After some complaining to the neighbors about the cold, I’m told that -27 degrees Celsius (-16 degrees Fahrenheit) in February is nothing. Normally, it get down to -40° C at night. (I stopped complaining and sucked it up.) I guess on the flip side, cold nights are good, because it will kill off the Mountain Pine Beetle. This small beetle has killed all the healthy Lodgepole Pine trees in North West Canada.

Anyway, back to transporting logs. A YouTube viewer made a comment that he/she doubts the “cheap plastic sled” mega_utility_glider could transport logs. The sled I used was from Pelican. This company makes cases for photographers, kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and awesome utility sleds. There was five different sizes of utility sleds for transporting cargo. The model I use was called the Mega Utility Glider. Picked up from Home Hardware for around $25.00. The rope limits the use for pulling. You have to worry about drawing down on you when going down a hill. A draw bar works better for control. But, for the money, it works great and can even be used for sledding down hills.

So this video was made to show how the logs are loaded into the sled. There is a few more parts to show, but, since most of my viewers can’t watch more that 1:30, it will be in the next video. Thanks for watching.

Note: This is a fill in story/video while I’m off to Disneyland for a few days. This was day 2 of the three-part series. The first is finished, but I’m having a problem with the audio sync. Should have it finished soon.

GO SEAHAWKS!

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Wind Turbine Projects

Wood Stove Reco Fan Project (Build #1)

26 Nov , 2013  

For the last year or so, I’ve been puttering around with a wood stove fan.  The purpose of the fan was to push warm air to other parts of the room. It would be powered by a Peltier module.

Build #1
The first build, was a bit of a fail. It did generate some power, but not enough to turn the blade. Almost 90% the parts were gleaned from junk.

**Parts list:**
– Base: 4 pieces of 4″ long x 1-1/2″ aluminium angle iron
– Peltier module
– Thermalright CPU Cooler
– Small 12V DC motor from an inkjet printer
– 2 Prop blade cut from flashing
– hub, electrician tape
It was tested on a regular oven element. The motor didn’t turn. There was few volts, like .27, but nothing impressive. It was shelved for a year until more materials turned up.

 

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