In as much as I own 2 .com sites and I can host a forum (but declined because I don't have the patience not the fortitude to moderate one), Of course I have an advantge in way. I pay an IT person to handle the websites. I have administrator rights so I can add, change or delete anythoing at any time but as far as the workings go, I'm not computer literate enough to be comfortable with the day to day workings. My sites run on dedicated rack servers on Kansas City. All my cmputer activites (including this message) goes through that server plus I have some high tech filters and spam management. All my messages go into a remote que which pulls the spam (at my direction) and checks all incoming messages for virus content. What actually comes through is only related to the websites and personal (pre-screened) messages. I don't even need to run a virus program, my computer is immunized 24/7. The only thing my local IP provides is the conduit to the Kansas City rack space. I believe JA, in as much as he is in the webdesign business, is running the IBC forum on a server located in his business place. His website is running an ancient (time passes quickly in the Internet world) platform. but then, I'm sure he's very familiar with that platform. My IT is in Arkansas and he's a well known website designer plus he designs and markets web platforms. I'm thinking that JA had a hardware problem and it's corrupted the files that IBC runs on. I'm confident that JA is pulling his hair out. The IBC forum generates quite a bit of traffic. In as much as I burn anything combustible and cheap, I'll burn pellets and/or corn though I prefer high test weight 12% or less field corn simply because the BTU content per pound combusted is better that any pellet made, I'm in a primary ag area and it's readily available, unlike other areas plus I have 2 'space shuttles' like sting but mine I bought new, they are for livestock feed so I just snitch some corn in the winter and I never clean it (contrary to what seems to be the norm on the other site) with people having elaborate cleaner setups. My feed corn is prescreened for metal debris (you don't want your cattle getting hardwate disease) and air cleaned at the elevator prior to delivery which is usually in 500-750 bushel loads, delivered by the feed truck and augered directly into the grain tanks. I usually have on hand, at least 6 ton of pellets year round. I buy on sale in the summertime and store them in my Clearspan Truss Arch haybarn on the original shrink wrapped pallets. Pellets keep indefinitely so long as they are kept dry and out of the weather, no problem here plus I can handle full ton pallets but you have to have the equipment. Because forage has gotten so cheap in this area and because I have on hand at any time, at least 1000 rounds, I contacted Buskirk Engineering about a pellet mil to turn alfalfa hay into biomass pellets, something that may come about yet this year. I could pelletize rounds that are from last season to burn or sell to local pellets burners of which there are quite a few. So long as I maintain enough inventory to feed my herd, I'm good. I allways have a surplus, which I sell, but the declining price has made making the hay more expensive than the profit gleaned from selling it. I apologize for atarting a parallel thread. I need my fix of both forums for a 'balanced diet'..... Hopefully JA will get it sorted out.