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The seller put soil over the gravel yard, to grow grass, it made it higher than the workshop floor.. so it floods. I will clear that up, just as soon as I get paid this month, and buy me a scraper blade for the tractor.

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Sounds like fun to clean up! Of course, the gravel makes for good drainage, but if you're going to do things like that, you dig down, then put your layer of gravel, then your dirt, so that it's a tad lower than the threshold, or at the very least, even with it. Have fun!!!

How's the rest of the work going on the place???

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Slowly,, I need to be a millionaire, to do my funky work and live reasonably easily.

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Yeah, we'd not be offended if we were also millionaires. DH could tell the company he works for what to do with their job, and he and his brother could start their own [sign in to see URL] would run the office and my SIL could be my assistant. Oh [sign in to see URL]'s a nice dream!! LOL

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Today the first implement was purchased. Now I have a three point post hole drill, with 9 inch auger. Next week I am getting a scraper blade, so that will help with the flooding problems, and next month I am getting a good brand name rough cut mower, so things come together..

Life is settling down, haven't found any fleas for a few days, and the dog is scratching less, haven't seen any earwigs, and wonder upon wonder, the diatomaceous earth seems to have won the ant battle - I have not seen ants for two days..

Also, went to a stove store today, and spoke with a very friendly fellow, who quoted a very good price for a good wood stove, that will heat the place nicely, with install, plus chimney, for much less cost and hassle I first thought I would have. He also mentioned when asked that he can install a chimney, all on it's own, in the new kitchen, that I can put any contraption I own underneath, with no problem. I cannot buy a new cook stove, that I knew, but I can install any wood burning cook stove, myself under a professionally installed chimney system. This means that I can have and use the cook stove we are paying for, from the antique store - This man will install two chimneys, and one wood-stove, in February, for less than five thousand dollars.

So we will have the heat we want, and the cooking we want, in the house we like.

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Muladzh, great on getting the implement!! Sounds like you're well on your way.
And what a great deal you're getting on the chimneys and wood heat stove!!!! Can't beat that with a stick!! emoticon
I'm so glad that things are finally coming together for you and the Frog! Y'all deserve it!!
I do have to say I'm jealous that you get to have a wood stove to heat with! We want to burn wood, but this fireplace and chimney are not set up for wood. It's a coal burning fireplace, so is very, VERY small!!! Enjoy it!! emoticon emoticon

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That's wonderful news! Glad things are coming together so well for you and the Frog. There is improvement all over the house, so good to hear.

Wood heat is really amazing and cozy, I'd like to go that route whenever I get my own house. Eventually!

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Oh [sign in to see URL] toys are beginning to arrive! emoticon
You do so deserve only good things to begin to happen now.. emoticon
As for the Chimney's and [sign in to see URL] nice price emoticon and there is nothing better than a wood stove...
My Mom's best friend has an antique wood cook [sign in to see URL] had her gas one taken out and cooks EVERYTHING in the antique one. And OMG! The pies and bread that woman makes...(crap, now I'm hungry!)
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I've never cooked on a wood cook stove, but I can imagine it's a challenge at times. I can honestly say I'd not wanna do that in the summer heat, but man, what a way to keep the kitchen nice and warm in the long winter days/nights!!!
I bet the bread and pie crusts and such had such a wonderful flavor because of the wood! Makes me [sign in to see URL] and I just ate a huge bowl of homemade venison stew!! Imagine some fresh bread with [sign in to see URL] my.... (drools all over the puter!!!)

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The advantage of solid fuel cooking (I say that, because we don't burn much wood in Scotland, we have peat,) is that the heat is completely even, does not dry the dish being cooked, and takes much less time. Once you get used to the cooker, it is easier to use than the electric or gas, because it is just on. Mankind used to use solid fuel to cook, for millenniums, and many places worldwide still do - my home in Scotland has large solid fuel cook stoves, that are alone in modern kitchens - no alternate way to cook - making the kitchen warm all year.

For cooking in summer, one has to make a much smaller fire - chop the wood or coal smaller - maybe six in wood, or four inch coal, to make the burn area smaller - this heats up the oven and top very quickly, and burns for a shorter time - giving little time to roast out the kitchen. Here in Washington, we get the hottest weather in August and September, but it still keeps below 90 - the concrete of the house, with the tile floors ensures that it stays the same 70 degrees both summer, and winter.

We are eagerly awaiting the yearly bonus - when we can get the living room stove, and two chimneys, and get living in real comfort. In America, the one thing I really do not like, is the insistence on blown air heating - it is horrible! Makes homes dusty beyond belief, generates massive dust bunnies, in places of airflow eddies, and spreads smells all over the home.. I am used to either solid fuel radiant heat, or liquid filled radiators operating from solid fuel - no odd breezes inside, no dust flying everywhere, and the smell of the kitchen or bathroom stay in the kitchen or bathroom.

It is our intention, when the wood stoves are up and running, to build a compartment around the electric blown air heater, remove it's fuses, and forget about it. By removing the registers in the ceilings, and replacing them with spackled panels, there will be no unsightly holes in the ceiling, and no scents wafting through the duck work, as it now does.

We also intend to buy three cords of firewood, per month, to build up more than we need over the year - Washington is the very cheapest place to buy firewood - it is the cheapest form of heating here. The first three months, would be the expensive seasoned wood - about $120 a cord, then the rest of it can season as it stands, for about $65 a cord. The wood stove for the living room is 82% efficient, with [sign in to see URL] gr per hour particulate emission, making it pretty clean, and the one we are getting is designed for a larger house - there aren't any we like for the smaller house - so we get more heat, so can run a lower fire. (It has a 12 hour burn time, on low)

It will be good.

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