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3 days lazy, 1 day overworked

Post in 'The Gear' started by mywaynow, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    My steam pot. 20 quart commercial cooking pot. Fill it once every 3/4 days. Easy for the 3 off days, but you really have to have both hands to get it filled and back to the stove on the 4th day.

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  2. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Nice humidifier
    I have a small one on the stove & we fill it out of gallon milk jugs. easier to carry ;)

    Wife adds some white vinegar every now & then to clean it out.
  3. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Are you setting the pot on the stove directly or a diffuser ( I believe that's what it's called)
  4. ScotO

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    That's the SAME pot I have, MWN! I love having that big pot on the stove, I modified the top sheild on my Napoleon 1900P late last summer so the pot could sit right on the stovetop, and MAN what a difference! Lots of moisture comes off of that thing.

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  5. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    MWN, take a tip from bogydave...
    Leave the pot in place, use a smaller, more convenient container to pour in a gallon (or a quart) or so of water as needed from time to time...no more toting that sucker completely full from sink to stove.
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  6. ScotO

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    That's exactly what the wife does......makes it really easy.

    I gotta be a tough guy and lug the pot over to the sink and fill 'er up........:p
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  7. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd expect nothing less. ;lol
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  8. nate379

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    I can't imagine putting 6-7 gals of water in the air can be healthy?! Be carful for mold and condinsation in your walls.

    My house stays around 25-30% in the winter which is fine.
  9. nate379

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    I meant 6-7 gals per day. This forum Is anti iPhone and I can't edit anything.
  10. ScotO

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    do a search on vapor loss once, you'll see just how much vapor you lose in your house in the winter. 6 or 7 gallons over the course of 3 to 4 days is nothing........I do this and STILL have trouble keeping the house in the 30-35% range. Optimal moisture in your home should be around 45%.
  11. bogydave

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    Like anything else, there are variables :)
    When your area is a cold "arctic" area , the humidity recommendations change from what is the "norm" for most areas.

    If we had 45% moisture inside here, our windows would fog & ice up on the inside.
    Optimal range here is 25 - 30%,
    When we go below zero, my windows start icing up in the corners & we reduce the humidity setting to 20% or less.
    10°f now & have 24% humidity, perfect for today's temperature.

    With the wood stove running & it drawing in dry cold outside air, we go thru 3 to 4 gallons / day easy.

    Humidifiers came with basically the same chart for Alaska & had a good explanation.
    Chart:
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  12. MasterMech

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    I gave up on pots/steamers. Not only did I still need a humidifier to keep the nosebleeds at bay, when it boils dry (yeah, I couldn't get the wife to be proactive about filling it) it spews little white balls of minerals everywhere! And actually, I don't notice a difference in how much the humidifier runs.
  13. ScotO

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    I do get a pile of minerals at the bottom of the pan. It's amazing how they crystallize in there. No nosebleeds here, but I do know that in the dead of winter you can let the bag of chips or a tub of popcorn open on the counter overnight and it don't go stale....::-)
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    Wow. I rarely have any left the next day.;lol Sometimes a bowl of popcorn,granola or muesli is my dinner.Most of the time I tend to eat biggest meal early in the day & taper off.Even during cold winter months.Depending on how busy I was that day.
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    What, no fire hose ?
  16. mywaynow

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    You what they say about brilliant minds buddy...........

    I take a wire brush to mine every 2 weeks or so. I ruined a smaller, more expensive :( pot last year, Calphalon or something like that. Minerals are rampant in the water here. Very hard.
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    We like having the steamer just for the looks, our RH stays at a comfortable range thanks to the reef tank.
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    Most musical instruments require a minimum of 40% humidity
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    Vinegar!
  20. nate379

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    What does everyone do that lives in the Southwest?

  21. neumsky

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    I wouldn't care if my windows fogged up and iced up...your furniture is going to pay and worse your bodies pay for being dry!
  22. nate379

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    Water and Ice on the windows can do quite a bit of damage!

    The furniture isn't effected much that I have noticed. Summers aren't super humid either so it's not like we go from a rainforest to a desert.

    Only time I feel it's "dry" is when I'm working outside. Hands and lips start to crack.


  23. bogydave

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    I just try to do what's recommended by the local gurus, allergy docs etc :) .
    Figure they know what works & don't work in the arctic ;)

    Too much water condensation, mold, & other bad things happen ;)
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    What happens to the wood your burning...when it drys? You can scream mold and moisture on the windows all you want...but you have DRY air. I would wipe the windows down and keep pumping the moisture in my house.

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