Sorry, I know I haven’t been posting a lot but the weather has been so changeable that connectivity has been a real problem. I have a lot of photos but they’re taking forever, so even as I type this I don’t know how many i can actually post. Yesterday was gorgeous but today’s cloudy and windy again. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain. It’s warm, though, high fifties, so I can strip down and do an indoor chore a little birdy told me I can’t put off any longer.
Baking day! I have found that making and kneading the dough is a lot less tedious with some entertainment on the counter. Normally I watch Youtube videos but connectivity was not allowing that this afternoon. Fortunately I’ve got movies on that tablet Big Brother gave me last April. Nothing like a nice cheerful upbuilding war movie where everybody dies…
While the bread is in the oven there’s a lot of cleaning up to do. This has been kind of a problem since around Christmas because I had to spend drinking water on washing. But now, even though I still don’t have indoor running water, I do have water to the yard and it works just fine. So at least I don’t have to ration any more.
Yesterday afternoon a small bird, the first of the year, got into the stovepipe. No problem, he flew around the kitchen window for a while but I caught him without any issues and he’ll live to screw up some other hermit’s day. But on his way down the pipe he shook loose so much soot he reminded me that the pipe hasn’t been cleaned all this winter.
In a way I was kind of proud of myself – once I was so paranoid about this that I could barely go a week without cleaning it. Now it hasn’t been cleaned since the beginning of the season. It’s just soot, the stove burns nice and hot now and I use hardly any juniper, so it’s not building up creosote like in the disastrous winter of ’11-’12. But still, definitely time to clean the pipe.
There’s an easy way to clean a stovepipe, and a simple way. The simple way involves not building your cabin with a loft, so you’ve got a nice easy roof to climb on. Then you can just take off the weathercap and brush the soot down into the stove.
I use the other way. The bottom section of pipe slides up on that coupler, then I pull the stove out from under it.