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The Gremlins Strike Again

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by Fred61, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Fred61

    Fred61 Minister of Fire

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    Well it's happened again! Happens at least once or twice a year around here. Another homeless family. Someone removes the ashes from their woodburning appliance and places them in a cardboard box and puts them out on the porch. A small breeze wakes the gremlins up and poof, the house has gone up in flames.

    It's nearly impossible to see those gremlins when you're raking the ashes. You must assume they're in there and dispose of the ashes properly. It happened to a guy I worked with years ago. He got a call at work and by the time he got home he was looking at a foundation.

    You can't trust a gremlin>>

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  2. BoilerMan

    BoilerMan Minister of Fire

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    Thats a sad situation, the cardboard, the porch, the whole thing. I spoke to a vacuum cleaner repair man, and he has an Electrolux on display that the customer used to clean their pellet stove's burn pot after two days w/o a fire, well you know why he had is on display..........

    Well at least the WoodGunners use them to their advantage.

    TS
  3. avc8130

    avc8130 Minister of Fire

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    That's just insane. I think I paid $20 for an ash bucket from Lowes on sale in the middle of heating season this year.

    ac
  4. Fred61

    Fred61 Minister of Fire

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    My co-worker was a good engineer but the part of his brain that controlled common sense was about half there. I would have harrassed him but he had already gone through enough. This just keeps happening year after year. Much of the time it's not the serious woodburner but the wealthy businessman that's cleaning out his fireplace and much of the time it's renters who don't have a care in the world. Like those renting a ski house up on the mountain, aka flatlanders.
    711mhw and Wildo like this.
  5. avc8130

    avc8130 Minister of Fire

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    One of my coworker's ski house was burned down by "those people". They had started a fire in the wood stove, but didn't "trust" it while they went to dinner. So they actually took the wood OUT and put it on the hearth! Needless to say he has no ski house any more...

    ac
  6. heaterman

    heaterman Minister of Fire

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    All for the lack of a $20 galvanized metal garbage can............
  7. Fred61

    Fred61 Minister of Fire

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    I don't think it's the money. So many people are on autopilot today. They just aren't thinking at all. They were brought up without being responsible for anything, got their trophy for playing baseball whether they won or lost and were shielded from any disappointments due to their actions.
  8. bigburner

    bigburner Feeling the Heat

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    I shovel mine in to a backhoe bucket, that"s metal right? I have a 1/2 rebuild 1/2 burned John Deere doer in my shop. I bought from a guy that was hauling it to the scrape yard, after he the same issue. I should have let him scrap it.
  9. kopeck

    kopeck Minister of Fire

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    I have to say that's one thing I really do like about my gasser, the ashes are just that, ashes. When I pull them out there's no life to them at all. They might be a bit warm but that's due to the residual heat from the boiler.

    That being said they still go in a 10 gallon galvanized trash can.

    K
  10. slowzuki

    slowzuki Feeling the Heat

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    I guess I'm lucky, burning softwood we rarely have embers 10 minutes after the fires out. I curse it in the winter because you have to light 3 fires in a dead cold stove every day.

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