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First fire of the season !

 
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Considered lighting a fire in the rocket yesterday morning... at 45F with lite rain and sun predicted later I chose not too.  This morning however... 36F, foggy, damp, it feels cold , first white caps on the tallest peaks ,rain later ... So out to the studio/greenhouse to light the first fire of the season! A month or so ago I did a clean out of my ash pit & pipe. This morning with a stone cold mass, 2 pieces of paper and some cedar kindling and it was off and roaring! No smoke back at all ! Not even a little !!! This is my 4th season with a rmh .Can't say enough good about them ! went from 12-15 cords to less than 5 !!!  No fire all night in a plastic greenhouse , no matter how far below zero it gets ! The first 3 seasons found me doing a rebuild / repair/ change during the off season (I think of this as fine tuning) Last year did it ! No improvements or repairs needed this season other than some minor cracking of the cob on my barrel! I had purchased natural pigments to paint on my barrel last year, I had big plans to get that done ....  pigments are still sitting on the shelf... work took me out of town for 10 months... maybe next summer.  If your wanting to save money... spend less time cutting / splitting / stacking wood .... Then delay no longer, buy the books... get the videos... ask for advise here at permies and build yourself your own  RMH !      
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first fire burning nicely
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barrel starting to warm up
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5 cord split stacked and ready to feed the dragon !
 
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