It hit 28 degrees F. in Nampa last night but we had a frost warning so Mom and I covered the plants against frost. Another frosty night is coming Thursday so I will be pulling the plants this weekend and get the garden cleanup started as the growing season seems to have come to an end. I also got the chimney cleaned today so we did not use the wood stove for heating the house in the morning. Instead we used a couple of electric space heaters just warm the house up. I don’t care what anyone says, wood heat feels warmer than electric heat even if the temp. gauge reads the same temperature. Perhaps it is a throw back to our cave man past.
The chimney sweeps got the stove cleaned and added another pipe section to the chimney stack that got well clear of the roof line and works around a large front yard tree. The triple walled Stainless Steel stack sort of stands out on the roof but the wood stove is drawing much better compared to the “city code” approved stack. It is a bit of over kill for the wood stove but I think the cost going beyond “city code” is worth it if it makes the wood stove burn cleaner and is safer. After my last few chimney cleanings the “Sweeps” have told me that creosote build up has been minimal. Adding the extra stack to make wood stove draw more air and keep the pipes clear of creosote is a good thing in my book.
We have burned a bit off poplar along with some elm and cherry today and I’d say the poplar ash and wood smoke is comparable to burning elm. Goodness knows burning an apple or cherry wood does smell much better in comparison. I think I’m the only one on the block that relies primarily on wood heat and right now that is very noticeable. In a couple of weeks my fire wood smoke smell will only be one among many. I had someone come up to me while working in the front yard and tell me how they loved that wood smoke smell as it smelled like Fall.
Mom and I dug up the sweet potatoes and the first thing that happened is Tucker the Peke went into doggie rototiller mode and had to dig up that bed. I don’t mind to much but his digging site selection but he tends to go after my Marigolds when given access to my garden area. I’m working on a taller raised bed concept for next year that will be easier for me and will not require temporary fencing to keep the doggies from digging plants up.
Last but not least if you have nicotine stained walls and apply heat and lots of humidity those stains will start running down those walls. I want to clean those walls but I can say after my high heat and high humidity experiment curing sweet potatoes in a small bathroom as a bonus all nicotine smoking tar stains ran down the wall. If you are cleaning a home of a smoker you might want to try enclosing the room, put in a small humidifier and a small electric heater for a couple of days before you wash the walls and paint with Kill-Z. I’m not sure that will help with the smell but I can say it will make cleaning the dry walls much easier.