Warms your butt nicely, though…

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Last night for the first time I put the new space heater into full-dress operation. Yesterday and last night were quite overcast so the night never got very cold, but I happened to be up at 2:15 to, um, do something elderly gentlemen must sometimes do in the middle of the night and so by coincidence I was awake when the heater kicked on.

You’ll recall I ran it when I first moved in and confirmed my worst fear, that it’s too close to the door and a chimney effect just sucks all the heat right up into the loft where it’s no use to anybody. I do have all the hardware needed to build a proper bedroom door, and while I don’t really want the project in winter I believe aggravation may drive me to do it. In the meantime I have this lovely shower curtain rod (Terrapod?) sent me. He also sent a plastic shower curtain but I think a blackout curtain will work better.

As it happens (you may want to sit down for this) I actually did order some, er, curtains for the bedroom windows. This was done for practical rather than aesthetic reasons. Stop laughing.

Stop it!

Anyway they should arrive in two days, which will free up one of the expedients I’m currently using for duty across the bedroom door. Not sure how much this will confound poor Little Bear, who really* hates it when I change things in his Lair.

But – digression complete – as I was saying I did run the heater that one night three weeks ago when it got quite nippy and I was on an air mattress, but not since because I wasn’t happy with the plumbing. That’s now fixed and no rubber hoses can be harmed in the operation of this heater. So the one thing I hadn’t done is crank the thermostat a bit and ensure that (and learn at what point – this is kind of a crappy thermostat) the heater kicks in automatically.

The heater kicks in automatically! In the middle of the night! Huzzah! The Lair’s bedroom has taken the leap to 1950’s tech!

It doesn’t really do much – I mean most of the heat just flows out the door and up into the loft – but it does correctly function in every particular. I can fix its one remaining deficiency with a thick curtain, and will do so before the end of the week. In the meantime the overall Lair was a bit warmer than I would normally expect given the outdoor temp, but only a bit. I’ll bet the loft is toasty, not that that does me the slightest good.

It really is getting on toward time to fill the woodbox and move LB’s bed away from the woodstove. Late autumn in the high desert: Days are usually still well into the sixties, but the nights can get nippy.


*really, really

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9 Responses to Warms your butt nicely, though…

  1. Ben says:

    You get up in the middle of the night to take a pee, and you are finally able to do that without sleepily navigating that treacherous ladder, and you rave about your heater? (Wonderful as it must be also)

    Sometimes I wonder about your sense of proportion Joel.

  2. Joel says:

    You really think I used to get up, put my leg on, go down the ladder, take a pee, then reverse the process 3-4 times a night for years? You have a high opinion of my tolerance for sleep loss.

    Hell, no. That’s what an orange juice bottle is for.

  3. Judy says:

    Smile – Even old desert curmudgeons should consider form while taking care of function.

    We old ladies don’t get off as lucky as an orange juice bottle.

  4. Joel says:

    I’m just exercising my male privilege, Judy. We exalted members of the Patriarchy get all the perks. :)

  5. terrapod says:

    Umm, thanks for the mention but don’t recall curtain rods being in my care packages, must be some other admirer of frugality and ingenuity.

    I AM still cleaning out the barn, basement and garage….never fear, more interesting and useful things may yet land at your mail drop, I mean what with Santa preparing and all that. 😉

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m thinking a short curtain closing off the loft. This will stop the hot air from filling the loft and also keep the food storage cooler. Also love reading the Patreon updates — I however, cannot use Patreon due to their leanings, but Santa will send my donation.

  7. ZtZ says:

    Curtains at the windows??? Curtains???? OMG Joel. Sewn together rat pelts, coyote pelts, deer hide, steer hide tacked to the window frames yes, but real curtains? Sheesh.. So…sheetrock, lights everywhere, a gas heater, a BED that has a real frame and headboard, color coordinated bedroom, and now curtains. Your Desert Hermit life has certainly changed since the good ole’ days (!) when you started with almost nothing (a small non-winterized metal trailer) and then built all this. Wowsers, you done good.

  8. Judy says:

    Hm…Zelda – he could add rat pelt trim to the purchased curtains for that decorative touch!

    Joel – you go right ahead with that male privilege thing, just remember we females tend to outlive you.

  9. Joel says:

    …just remember we females tend to outlive you.

    Shhhh! I don’t think feminists like you mentioning that.

To the stake with the heretic!