Jim Guinn

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[quote=Janet Reed][quote=Jim Guinn]Well, after almost 3 months, our stove arrived. The installer came a couple of days later, and we now have our stove. We need to do a few small fires before we let it roar. Once we have it broken in, we'll try our hand at doing some cooking in the oven.

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Jim how wonderful!  It’s a beauty! Tell us more about it![/quote]

It is called the Vermont Bun Baker XL sold by Vermont Marble, Granite, Slate & Soapstone Co. (http://www.vermontwoodstove.com/sample-page/soapstone-wood-stoves/#!/Vermont-Bun-Baker-XL/p/54023116/category=8289041). The design comes from Australia and the stove is made in New Zealand by a company called Nectre (https://www.nectre.com/en-au.) Over there, they call it the Nectre Big Baker's Oven. I guess over here they figured "Vermont Bun Baker" would sell better! LOL.

Total Weight: 550lb. - Size: 27 3/16” x 22 1/2” x 33 3/4”
Firebox: 19” x 11” x 13” Oven: 19” x 12 1/2” x 11”
Top Exit Flu Size: 6” Wood Length: 20”
Residual Heated Output: 2,000-2,500/SF
BTU’s/hr: 65,000 - Efficiency Rating: 78%

Cost of stove: $4315. Labor and materials to have radiator removed under window, floor boards cut away, and tile installed even with floor boards: $2075. Labor and materials to have stove and chimney installed: $3891. Total Cost: $10, 281. A lot of money, but we think it was worth it in the long run as it will also heat the entire house and is a safeguard against the SHTF....besides all the goodies it will cook for us!

We kept a small fire going most of the day on Friday, a medium fire going most of the day on Saturadya, and today we already have a large fire going. Tonight we will stock it up before going to bed. Cooking experiments will start this week.

Any other questions, just ask.
3 days ago
Well, after almost 3 months, our stove arrived. The installer came a couple of days later, and we now have our stove. We need to do a few small fires before we let it roar. Once we have it broken in, we'll try our hand at doing some cooking in the oven.

4 days ago
Well, after almost 3 months, our stove arrived. The installer came a couple of days later, and we now have our stove. We need to do a few small fires before we let it roar. Once we have it broken in, we'll try our hand at doing some cooking in the oven.
4 days ago
[quote=Erica Colmenares][quote=Jim Guinn]Don't know if these will give you any ideas....

Our first coop (8x10) and run (10x16) in 2013

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You wouldn't happen to have plans for this? It looks great. I keep looking for The Best Chicken Coop plan, and can't believe it's not out there. ;-) I'm not handy enough (yet!) to wing it. [/quote]

You can find the plans for the coop I built here:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/new-coop-being-built-at-moonshadows-farm.768077/#post-10940225

1 week ago
Don't know if these will give you any ideas....

Our first coop (8x10) and run (10x16) in 2013....and a small coop (we bought) and run (8x8)

2 weeks ago
This article also mentions Poplar, Green Ash, and Catalpa. https://www.ehow.com/list_7302666_fast_growing-trees-use-firewood.html
2 weeks ago
There is no time like the present! I pulled the trigger and ordered a Medium HarvestRight Freeze Dryer this morning with the Premier Pump. https://harvestright.com/product/home-freeze-dryer/
2 weeks ago
It's the Got-A-Free-Chicken breed! :)
2 weeks ago
Hi Richard,

Thank you for this post. I have toyed with the idea of buying a Harvest Right a couple of times over the past few years. As a result of your post, I have decided to take a closer look at getting one...reading reviews, joining a FB group and watching YouTubes. Now, that we paid off our house last July, we have a little extra money each month, and a HRFD might be a good place to invest some of this money. (We just bought a wood fired cook stove as a result.) I will post back here with our decision. ~Jim
2 weeks ago
Probably for us, it is our compost, too. Not only do we add kitchen scraps, garden and yard waste, we also put in our paper and carboard which we seem to get so much of these days. We bought a heavy duty cross-cut paper shredder that will handle over 20 sheets at a time. It also goes through corrugated cardboard like butter, helping it to break down faster in the compost pile.
3 weeks ago