- Nov 18, 2005
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He Who Moderates, from Northern Virginia
SignatureYeah, I know that wood stoves are just space heaters. But the space I want to heat is my house.
Two Englander 30-NCLs Heat Redefined, Jotul F3CB, Jotul F100 Nordic, Englander 25-PDVC
Poulan Pro 405+ 65cc, 2 Husky 142s, Chusky 5200, Poulan 1975, Remington 3hp Electric
1988 Duerr Splitter
The "Good Old Days" weren't.
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I was a wealthy successful businessman until I came across hearth.com. By accident one night while surfing the web I came across this site. I lurked for a few hours and then joined in the posting. Over time I became more and more addicted to reading posts and interacting with the forum members. The next thing you know I bought a wood stove. Then another. Then another. Then a pellet stove. Then came chainsaws, a log splitter and chimney liners and log carriers and wood racks and I became obsessed with gathering firewood. Before long I was spending more and more time on hearth.com and putting up firewood. My business started to suffer as well as my home life. My wife complained that all I wanted to do was hang out with "those wood guys". The kids started staying away from me because I was posting and reading and stopped bathing. They said I was "stinky". In short order my accountant informed me that all of my employees had quit, the bank account was empty and I would have to file for bankruptcy. It didn't matter to me all I wanted to know was what the progress of the cat vs. non-cat discussions were leading to. Was or was not EBT a answer for long burns? Were PE stoves really worth extra money over an Englander?
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One afternoon I heard the door slam and a car drive off. On the table in the hall was a note from a lawyer telling me my wife had filed for divorce and was taking the kids with her. I cried for about ten minutes and then went to see if anybody had scored any more free wood off of craigslist. Nobody had in a few days and that REALLY made me sad.
So the house has been foreclosed, I drink pretty much around the clock (or at least I will until the pawn shop stops taking my stuff) and hang out on hearth.com 20 hours a day. I get a couple of hours sleep along the way resting my head on the keyboard.
Now Craig has made me a moderator and life is looking up! I have stoves and hearth.com. Who needs all of that other crap in life.