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Messages - artbaldoni

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General Discussion / Re: Home Electrical Question
« on: January 14, 2020, 06:01:01 AM »
There are all sorts of rustic style, low voltage lights available. Use your Google-Fu. Flush mount and pendant style. I think it would be easy to disguise some 18 ga. wire to run along your beams and even make a drop down the face without being very noticeable.

General Discussion / Re: Home Electrical Question
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:03:14 AM »
LED Remote Driver 12v lighting. Easy to blend in small gauge wire runs at your beams.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Crickets
« on: December 04, 2019, 07:51:54 AM »
I still check in occasionally. Not much going on...

Natures Comfort / Re: Water gauge
« on: January 31, 2019, 05:58:15 AM »
My NCB-175 will do this if it over-fires. I don't think you have any more water in the boiler, it's just running longer in this colder weather, making the water temp ioncrease. Next time it's overly high check your water temp. I bet you're a few degrees higher than normal. Likely just normal water expansion as the water temp increases.

Natures Comfort / Re: 2013 NCB-250 Convert to Coal
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:46:01 PM »
I have a NCB-175 and am burning coal. Lots of upgrades. Homemade grate, different aquastat, added firebrick. I'm burning anthracite. Works well but takes a lot of dialing in.
Use the search function and you will find some info.

Electronics / Re: Loooking for a way to see furnace temp thru wifi.
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:27:33 PM »
Well , I purchased a module from Control by web. (Xw110b) . It is thier least inexpensive model.Works great ! I have a app from them and it uses thier cloud service  with no fees.  After many ,many years i can finally see the temp of the furnace . Such a huge help to me .T hank you for the info and tips.


Can you view this from anywhere via an app or does it just report to your home computer?

Electronics / Re: Maverick probe reading driving me crazy
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:41:51 PM »
I just do the adjustment in my head. Reading + 20 is close enough for me.

Equipment / Re: Chainsaw oils both bar and 2cycle
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:12:35 AM »
I use whatever 2 cycle I find on sale and have been know to mix my TSC bar oil with used motor oil. Been doing it that way for 30 years. Never had any problems.
The only time I worry about oil brand is in my wet clutch motorcycles. Nothing worse than friction modifiers on a clutch...

General Discussion / Re: She's tucked in
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:45:29 AM »
Tucked in for the cold season? ???

Equipment / Re: Skidsteer Grapples
« on: March 25, 2016, 05:36:43 AM »
Titan 60" grapple arrived yesterday. Looks to be well made and heavy for the $1250. In 10 min had a few logs out of the woods and piled up that would have taken much longer if i had to drag them. Also moved a couple rocks that I had just pushed out of the way earlier.

I see this saving my old battered body. Less on and off the loader, hooking and unhooking, etc. Who know how many uses I will find for this!

Equipment / Re: Skidsteer Grapples
« on: March 19, 2016, 06:35:25 AM »
Just ordered the Titan 60" dual thumb yesterday. $1250 delivered. We shall see...

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Temp display in the house
« on: February 22, 2016, 06:38:54 AM »
+1 on the Maverick BBQ thermometer.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Burning coal in outdoor boiler
« on: February 18, 2016, 05:16:01 AM »
I've burned all anthracite and also a combination of wood and ant. Best scenario is a large piece of wood on each side of the round firebox and a short piece across the front to keep the coal from rolling forward. a nice thick coal bed in the middle, maybe 6-8" deep and I can routinely get 24 hour burn times. I will de-ash at 12 hours. Recovery time after adding 30 pounds of freezing cold is longer than plain wood, but it will come back...just don't touch it, no matter how bad you want to!

My routine every 12 hours is to shut the fan off, empty the ash pan, de-ash the coal bed and add 2-3 coal shovels full of mixed stove and nut size coal. Usually every 24 hours I will add 3 more pieces of wood to reform the coal bed.

In the last 5 months I have used about 1.5 cords of wood and 2 tons of coal. Makes my old broken body very happy!  :thumbup:

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Burning coal in outdoor boiler
« on: February 16, 2016, 08:05:06 AM »
Search is your friend... :thumbup:

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Burning Coal
« on: October 19, 2015, 07:47:11 AM »

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