Help restoring the Hearthtools PELLET advice server!

webbie Posted By webbie, Mar 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

  1. webbie

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    As some of you may know and the rest are about to find out, Rod (hearthtools) is one of the world's foremost experts on pellet stoves and moderated this forum for a couple of years. During that time he contributed a lot of information here, but also built up a number of pages on his server - Hearthtools.com

    Many of them are linked to - and have been visited thousands of times - in the stickies above this forum

    But we have a problem! Rod closed up his retail operation and now just does service...and, in the process, he let his server lapse and it was taken offline! Those links no longer work!

    But all is not lost! He actually has gotten ahold of the ancient server computer that his site was on and even got the domain name working again - with nothing there yet until we restore.
    http://www.hearthtools.com

    Well, here comes the pitch. Restoring from this ancient server and hard drive and then putting it online is going to cost some money - money that Rod does not have to spare at the moment. Since I prodded him into doing this whole thing, I donated to the cause.....but, frankly, not enough to pay the expenses that he is going to incur.

    Long story short - if any of you want to help him with $5, $10 or whatever your heart desires, please send paypal to:
    stovedoctor@gmail.com

    As the webmaster, I officially endorse this effort since it is likely to help MANY tens of thousands of pellet heads in the future. I hate to see good data and advice be lost to the sands of time!
    :cool:
     
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  2. Woody1911a1

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  3. jtakeman

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    I sent a few bucks. Rod was a big help in my stove hunt.
     
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  4. hearthtools

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    Thanks guys. Been a long process out of pocket about $250 so far. I'm sending the hard drive for recovery and that will cost about $125. Any help is appreciated
     
  5. slvrblkk

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    done...
     
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  6. webbie

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    Hey, this is great!
    The data Rod has written is not replaceable - little tips and instructions on service of many older pellet stoves, etc. etc.

    It will be great to resurrect it and not have to (hopefully) change the many links we have to it on this site!
     
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  7. hearthtools

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    Yes im going to take the time and restore the directory's just like before so MOST links will not be broken
     
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  8. DexterDay

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    Anytime we can help restore things that have made this site what it is, and keep the Archived Contributors? I am all for it.

    Done deal.

    I have read through all of those Stickies numerous times. I hope that many in the future can to.
     
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  9. webbie

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    And then put a 404 redirect so that calls for any pages which do not exist (for whatever reason) go to a nice directory page which links to everything!
     
  10. save$

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    Glad to help a solid contributor. I own a lot of thanks for several forum members.
     
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  11. webbie

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    As a quick sample of what was lost - and now found - check this out......of course, the links from here won't work, but it gives you some idea of the free information Rod has amassed:
    http://hearth.com/hearthtools/
     
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  13. webbie

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    Yeah - that would be the last resort...but, luckily, he located the actual server appliance with the stuff on it. That should assure the most complete copy - and the cost is not too high (time being money)....
     
  14. imacman

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    Done....thanks again Rod for your help early in my pellet burning.
     
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  15. hearthtools

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    Nice be know my 15 years of sharing online has been appreciated. Brings tears to my eyes.
    I have been putting this off for 4 weeks but Mr Chi prodded me into getting it fixed.

    My wife was upset I was spending money we dont have to fix something that is not making us any money.

    THANKS AGAIN YOU ALL ROCK!
     
  16. vinny11950

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    Done. Never knew it was that easy to send money.
     
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  17. h2ochild

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    Done. Thank you Rod!
     
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  18. smwilliamson

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    I will donate something later but may I suggest an archived back up on the webbie server or carbon copy....or a disc.
     
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    And right back at ya, You sir ROCK for all you have done for the group! :cool:
     
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    OK, Donation Done!
     
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    Is this some kind of joke?
     
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  24. gbreda

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    Done.

    Thanks for all the great info! ! I used those links and posts ALOT when deciding on burning and also on deciding on a stove.
     
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  25. N.E S4

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    Done! what I had left in my paypal
     
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