Two months from now this’ll seem balmy.

Still getting a lot of weather. Overnight rain, morning wind. I have no idea what the wind will blow in. Smart money says I won’t like it very much.

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By winter standards it isn’t even cold out. Would have gotten a lot colder without the rain and overcast. But between the damp, the wind and the lack of acclimatization, I’m breaking out the longjohns.

And…

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First fire of the season. Wish I’d spent more effort dusting off the upper stovepipe; I hate the smell of burning dust almost as much as I hate the smell of hot metal. Sweartagod I’m still paying for that chimney fire back almost seven years ago. None of the hardware or even the fuel is the same – there’s no smallest chance of a repeat. I’ve long since lost count of how many times I’ve told myself that…

To heat up the cabin most efficiently, I roasted my lunch and dinner at 6:30 this morning. 🙂

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…then as soon as I turn the gas off I open the oven door to salvage the heat. Small cabins rule in winter.

None of this matters overnight because the bedroom, unlike the main cabin, resides snugly in the mid-20th century. Thermostats are among the unsung wonders of western civilization.

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6 Responses to Two months from now this’ll seem balmy.

  1. coloradohermit says:

    Your lunch and dinner roast looks wonderful! Made me hungry. After a snowy dreary long weekend I’m celebrating a sunny day by cooking a pot roast in the sun oven.

  2. Mike says:

    Using the heat from cooking is a great idea and as for the cooking, your food looks great. Regarding the temps… We have snow in the forecast tonight/tomorrow morning. It’s not gonna stick, but winter is coming…

  3. Wayne Wilson says:

    Out of curiosity, where do you reside, within 50 miles.I understand if you don’t want to say. I live in kingman, went to Payson on Saturday,had a little snow on the way back before flagstaff. Wish I still burned wood for heat.

  4. Joel says:

    The Secret Lair’s location is … not public. 🙂

  5. Zelda says:

    coloradohermit which brand of sun oven do you have? and how long have you been using it?

  6. coloradohermit says:

    Hi Zelda. I have a Sun Oven brand and have used it for 6 or 7 years. My only complaint is that the interior space is fairly small so you couldn’t cook something like a turkey or 2 dishes. yesterday was quite cool but the sun oven still got up to 350* and the pot roast was excellent.

To the stake with the heretic!