I am finally putting together some of the stuff/tools that will help me make stuff around the house. Today I built a small two shelf metal cart I got from Harbor Freight for about $30.00 a couple of years ago. I knew I wanted a small cart to make jobs around the shop and garden easier by having a mobile work platform for tools and stuff, but I never took the time to put together the cart.
I have to say putting the cart was a challenge because the metal shelves are not square or welded at the corners. The metal has a properly bent crease but it takes some muscle power to get the metal shelf walls close enough to get the bolts through and attached. What I thought would be an easy job of bolting together a cart became a multi-hour job of getting the metal shelves to fit the legs of the cart.
I can say that all of the holes were correctly positioned once I got the the legs in place and tightened down the the bolts and it is a nice small cart that can work as extra work space for moving tools, plants for the garden or even a patio cart for moving food around when you BBQ. The cart was worth buying but just so you know it takes a bit of muscle to put the cart together.
I’m making more fire starters with the paraffin wax and wood chips in cupcake muffin papers. I am getting better about stocking up on kindling and splinting my fire wood into smaller and easier to burn firewood. While I still use a bit of paper around the fire starter and add about five sticks of kindling. I know the “fire starters” always work with just one match I’ll start a fire every time.
If you want to make your own fire starters it is easy but you have to heat the paraffin wax slowly at low temps because that wax is very flammable. I use a small crock pot set on low heat or a Homedicis wax bath for wax heat coats for arthritic joint therapy. Wax for canning is paraffin and you can find it in most canning sections of stores. I bought my last batch of wax from Amazon because I got a better price per pound price. Fill the muffin cup 1/3-1/2 full of wood chips then add about 1/4 of a cup of wax and that is all you need to make your own fire starters. I use mostly wood chips but I have used paper egg crates instead of muffin tin papers, sawdust or small pine cones and decorative ribbons to give fire starters out as Holiday gifts.
Don’t be afraid to open a window or door if your fireplace/wood stove makes your house a bit warm. I know I felt like I was wasting heat if I opened a window or door if the room that my wood stove got warm. This year I’m opening up the door to let out some heat but also let in some fresh air.
I tried to hold all heat in in the winter and I forget that the house needs to breathe. While you can call me bad names but I have a hard time keeping my wood stove from heating the front part of the house in the 80 degree F. range. It’s not my fault because I have an efficient wood stove, dry wood and good insulation. Now that I’m opening the front door for some fresh air the back part of my house gets a couple of degrees warmer.
Every home and every body is different. All I can say is my experience by opening up my front door to get fresh air, seems to move warmer air into the back part of my house the farthest away from the wood stove and the open door. Obviously it is some sort of convection air movement. While I don’t understand why it works. I am happy that the back part of my house is staying warm.