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!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEPP to Boot: Stephen's Experience (BRK)

 
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BRK #455

One of the tasks I want to accomplish this week is to test the heat retention in the Red Cabin, now that the new door is installed (and despite it was my first-ever, it looks to be competently, securely attached). Today I practiced with the rocket heater in there, and ideally I'll be back in there tomorrow afternoon for some fire footage, and then again in the evening for an overnight stay. Here's the "primer" fire under the vertical chimney.



Speaking of tomorrow, I have an inkling of what will occupy most of my time throughout Wednesday...



Finally: And speaking of occupying my time, I have invested in an actual smartphone. Learning how to use this thing, and to erode my personal issues surrounding them, has taken a lot more out of me - and my time - than I expected. The only consolation is that I'll be able to use this albatross as a way to collect essential data for various experiments here happening at Wheaton Labs. Regardless of its usefulness, personally I feel dirty, like I let myself down. "I'll eat my mush, but I won't like it."



I'm still hanging on to my "dumb phone," for use whenever I have extended time away from WL.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day...!
 
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BRK #456

Today was loaded with physical labor. We had a massive pile of wood that needed processing. Here it was at 8am this morning.



I had to inspect the wood and make sure it was bucked to the proper length (somewhere between 15 and 16 inches), and in the first half of the day I spent time measuring and sorting the bits of wood. That was very time-consuming, though in the second half of the day I adjusted my approach and things went relatively quicker.

Before splitting the bucked wood, in a number of cases I had to trim it to the proper length.



If a bucked log was a bit too wide for the kindling cracker tool (what we use to split logs before bringing them into the house or into cabins), I would split it down to a manageable size.



To sum it up, I finished roughly two face cords of wood today, ensuring they were trimmed to the proper length and narrow enough to fit into the kindling cracker.



My estimate is that I processed 3/5ths of all the wood in that big pile. Here's what's left at the end of the day.



Unfortunately, one of our axes broke today. I switched to one of the larger mauls to continue the work in the second half of the day. I like the Fiskars X27. It's lighter and shorter than the maul, and I feel like I have a lot more control with it, and I suspect it's less fatiguing. There's another one at the Gregorian Woodshed up at the Lab, but I'm hoping we replace this one soon.



I think that tonight I'll be able to sleep like... a log.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day...!
 
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Really appreciate your consistent updates. It's fun to read every day. 👍
 
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How in the world did you manage to break a Fiskars axe handle?!?!?!?!?!?  Here's a guy trying to break one.  After a while he started wailing on a high voltage power line tower.  Still couldn't break it...

 
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Andy Ze wrote:Really appreciate your consistent updates. It's fun to read every day. 👍


Pleased to hear you're getting something out of it

I usually make these updates so Paul can keep up with different developments, as I don't chat at length with him every day. To hear they're entertaining is just icing on the cake.
 
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