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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by smoke show, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather Guest

    huh...always hear it was your first pet's name and the street you grew up on.........

    for me that would be Fruity Cherry.........ugh.......NOT a good stripper name.....(for a guy!)

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  2. herdfan2003

    herdfan2003 New Member

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    Bottom feeder at coal fired power plant.
  3. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Congrats.

    So your a co-owner?
  4. EastMtn

    EastMtn Member

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    I'll resurrect this one until Bart merges Smoke Show and Dexter's threads.

    Naval Officer
    Electric Lineman mostly underground construction and maintenance right on the beach. That was a sweet gig.
    Energy Trader buying and selling power realtime on the open market US, Canada, Mexico.
    Senior Transmission System Operator directing interstate and intrastate power AC and DC transmission. Oversight over all crews and power generation on the transmission system in my territory with the goal of providing a safe working space and to keep the lights on.

    Oh yeah, when I'm not doing that I'm drinking and running. Yes, sometimes at the same time.
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  5. Caseihmech

    Caseihmech New Member

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    I am a ag equipment mechanic. Started working on tractors 2 days after graduation and am going on 5 years with the same company.

    We deal in Case IH, Case construction, JCB, Great Plains, and Kuhn.

    Its pretty cool to be in an area with such a wide range of crops that are harvested. Main ones are alfalfa, apples, wheat, peas, dry beans, corn, hops, and grapes.
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  6. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    part time alcoholic. if that's possible?
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  7. herdfan2003

    herdfan2003 New Member

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    I'm an operator in a coal fired power plant. Did high pressure water blasting for several years before that.
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  8. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Retired civil servant. 25 years as a Journeyman Machinist/Production Controller at the Nation's Cannon Factory in Watervliet, NY.
    Then 11.5 years in the Hearth industry as a Service Tech, Lead Installer & Hearth & Patio Specialist (sales)..
    Since April of 2011, Technical Manager AutoCAD Tool Designer for a Switzerland Based Surface Technology Company located back the the Cannon Factory...
    Full time Harley Davidson Road Captain for the local HOG Chapter & Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders of NY, Region 5.
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  9. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    No, it's not. 17 years C&S (NOT Cut & Split - Clean & Sober) on 10 June...
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  10. mikestod

    mikestod New Member

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    Fire Investigator here. Hopefully I won't run into any members here for work reasons, for everyone else's sake! Been lurking a while but finally figured I'd join since this will be my first full season running a pellet stove...
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  11. johneh

    johneh Feeling the Heat

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    Retired now
    25 years lic. Auto Tech
    16 years custom cabinets and antique restoration
    5 years solar R&D (Thermal and pv ) installation and repair
  12. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    welcome to the fun, Glad you joined our group!
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  13. tahoostas

    tahoostas Member

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    Lab Tech for a decade or so. Beakers and what not.
  14. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Semi-retired stove salesguy and web dude...As per my CHI page:
    • 18: Worked at Macrobiotic restaurant--Learned Nutrition and Cooking
    • 20: Worked at Soy Dairy, exploring the uses and production of Soy milk and other soy products. Instrumental in the development of first Soy yogurt and Soy based ice creams
    • 21: Vice President of demolition and salvage operation-Tore down and salvaged homes, barns and factory buildings (up to five stories). Sold recycled materials.
    • 22-23: Learned carpentry and construction, worked on crew building houses, etc.
    • 23-28: Started and operated successful remodeling company.
    • 26-45: Started and operated Alternative Energy Business including stoves, Solar and conservation. Sold Business in 1998.
    • 33-35: Bought and operated Wood stove manufacturing business- Learned the cast-iron foundry business as well as other aspects of metalworking.
    • 35-40: Bought and operated importing and marketing company that sells Central Heating products. Visited Denmark twice. Introduced new products to the market successfully. Developed marketing and sales programs. Wrote Technical Manuals.
    • 38-41: Invented and Patented new product--Manufactured and marketed same with first year sales exceeding projections. Sold business in 1998.
    • 40-48: Created Hearth.com, a top rated site on the Internet. Also created many web sites for clients inside and outside the hearth industry.
    • 48-55: Continuation of work on multiple projects - received patent for hearth and chimney related apparatus, Hearth.com traffic (yearly) passed 3 million readers.
    • 58+ : Put down revolutions and started drone site. Wrote Drone Hobby Book - bestseller on Amazon!
    • Drones may come in handy to put down future revolutions....::-)
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  15. Bob Sorjanen

    Bob Sorjanen Member

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    I did similiar type of job 40 years in the printing field, mostly running sheet fed presses
  16. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Neat job, IMHO.

    I got hired by one firm for a single job down in CT - regarding a masonry fireplace fire. I definitely figured out the cause of it properly and sent in a nice PDF report with pics, arrows, etc.

    It was fun.
  17. mikestod

    mikestod New Member

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    It can be a pretty interesting job sometimes. I have investigated some fires related to fireplaces, wood stoves and pellets stoves. The forum and some of its members may actually be a good resource for me for work in the future, on top of my everyday questions on pellet burning and everything that it involves, so thanks for founding it!
  18. timinct

    timinct Member

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    Well the Navy trained me once upon a time as a Boiler Technician. So now I work as a Lead Power Plant Operator at the University of CT.
  19. Rowdysdad

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    1964 - 1969 Worked in TV repair shop while going to school.

    1966 -1969 Mechanical Industrial Technology degree from community college.

    1969 Electro/Mechanical lab tech Flight Simulation Dept McDonnell Aircraft.

    1969 -1971 Special Electrical Devices / meter repairman US Army Fort Richardson Alaska.

    1971-1972 Lab Tech in Vacuum / Pressure Calibration Lab at McDonnell Aircraft.

    1972 -1976 4 year pneumatic/electronic instrument apprenticeship at Standard Oil in Woodriver Illinois.

    1981 Moved to Springfield Mo and worked as instrument tech in both coal fired power plants.

    1984 Transferred from Power Production to Substations dept as electrician then worked as Substations crew leader until retirement on Aug 1, 2005.


    My hats off to all you power plant guys and Linemen. From my personal experience with those trades, I realize the tough conditions and dangers associated with your jobs. Thanks for the great job and being safe!
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2013
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  20. Melissa220

    Melissa220 Feeling the Heat

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    Commercial Credit Analyst for 15 years. You want to borrow money for commercial purposes, I have to make sure you can pay it back.
  21. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    So you're the one. :mad:
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  22. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    What if it's not for commercial purposes...can I have the $$$ ?
  23. Melissa220

    Melissa220 Feeling the Heat

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    Well, then I'm afraid you're at the mercy of someone else!
  24. EastMtn

    EastMtn Member

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    When everyone else in the city is inside huddled up around the fireplace with candles lit throughout the house, that's when you get woken up at 2 AM with the call to respond. A buddy of mine died during an outage because the "deadline" he was working on became energized after a telephone company tech installed a back up generator to a remote site. That's a wife and 4 kids that will never see their loved one again. I miss the work but at the same time don't miss the work if you get what I mean.
    I take my hat off to all first responders. Oh yeah and commercial credit analysts too. They've got the power to approve the release of funds.;)
  25. chriscarl

    chriscarl New Member

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    Currently a Field Technician for one of the larger telecoms. 17 years doing that. Union carpenter for 15 years before that. Jack of all trades the rest of the time. Hate to have to pay someone to do something I know I can damn well do myself. Plus the mrs loves to spend . Hope to retire in 4 more years and do more snow boarding, 4 wheeling and just general hyjinx on a regular basis

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