Yeah, sorry. Been a few things going on up here. My day job is going to be a factor this year. Between short staff and me finally getting a full plate (about $6M in 10 or so projects) of construction projects, I’m gonna be busy. Lots of time at work means little time here (and home). But, it supposedly helps those who have earned it, so I continue to do what I was hired to do.
It’s ‘planting and garden’ season as well. Spring clean-up and all that jazz. 3+ cubic yards of soil into a myriad of planters and raised beds. Seeds planted, stuff growing. Trees trimmed and/or cut to allow light into the greenhouse…(and greeted with over 140F in there yesterday afternoon.) Radishes I planted Sunday are already coming through the dirt, lettuce is pushing up the dirt right next to it and the carrots will probably making an appearance right after that. Tomato’s, lettuce and either broccoli or spinach are filling out the 2 trays nicely. Lot of other trays, pots and planters will be sprouting here shortly. (I’ve also got 14 of those kitschy Topsy Turvy hanging planters filled and waiting on sprouts. And yes, they actually work if you feed weekly and water daily…and no less)
Earth Day presentation and/or display of V2.0 on the 22nd at my place of employment. They registered over 450 people attend. While I wasn’t the top draw (the free apple crisp, ice cream and amazingly delicious chili pulled that spot with ease) I did have more than one conversation with folks about my stove. Most were intrigued, some were impressed, a few amazed, a fewer were annoyed. All in all, it was worth the price of admission (free) just for the public opinion.
Since V2.0 is done showing off for a while, it’ll be changing places with V1.0 that’s already in the basement. I’m pretty sure all that can be done testing and checking has been tested and checked. It’s show time. Well, it’s May, and heating season is a few weeks off, so it’ll just be out of the way for a few months. V1.0 will be heading to the greenhouse to spend the summer. Come fall/winter, it’ll be ready for work with a water jacket for heating the 400″ of pipe under the 20tons of gravel that make up the floor. That, again, is a few weeks off.
V3.0 sets on the lift waiting for it’s base, fitting of the pellet hopper and extensive testing. Lots to go, but not lots to go. It’s ready to test, I just want to put it on a stand before I fire it up. Besides, it’s a few weeks before heating season comes around again. I might even have something else on the front burner by then.
Another project is adding a ‘lift’ of sorts to my shop/garage. Kind of a gantry system, with what will end up being about 100sf of covered area. Think ceiling mounted 12V powered, remote controlled 1000lb lift crane with a 10’x10′ ‘reach’. Will certainly help moving the stoves and materials (and even the motorcycle) around a lot easier than picking them up and carrying them. Best get that done before the attic stays at 160F all day.
That’s where we are, what we’re going, and where we’ll be going. There might even be a fall run to a large ‘green’ convention this fall….maybe. Regardless, we’ll be warm. And maybe, just maybe, if the stars align, you might be too.