Friday, October 30, 2009

guess what's in the box?

take a brick off the stove and wrap in an old shirt, replace when cool

cut a 1" slit, 5 inches long, 3\4 way up a PET bottle


Sunday, October 18, 2009



mochi maki can be dangerous, they're little rice cakes as hard as hockey pucks

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Chimney cleaning and stove maintenance

It's been so cool I've alread used the stove twice this month. Time for the first cleaning , gasket replacement and catalytic combuster replacement

All the goods

Nine- 90cm rods all the way up

Digging out the main gasket

Clean, fill with cement, lay in new gasket

some heavy creosote on top of the ceramic refractor

200 bucks worth of broken catalytic

I can't remember if it's 2 years or 3 years old
brand-new, all stainless combuster
I hope this puppy lasts at least 5 years

all cleaned up, ready for the top

Friday, October 9, 2009

Well the worst part of the typhoon passed far south of us. The old section of roof on the playhouse blew off, it needed replacing anyway. The new caulking is holding up well.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oh boy here we go again, this one is packing serious winds. Hopefully it'll knock the stinkbugs out haha.

I got the irrigation channel pretty well blocked off in 4 places, but unfortunately didn't have time to get the south side windows covered with plywood. They should be ok, hopefully the winds will lessen as it gets near our area.

The lates forecast says 250mm or rain for us. 500mm or more for more south and east of us!