Just burned my last stick of wood, Forever!

Fred61 Posted By Fred61, May 7, 2018 at 11:40 AM

  1. Fred61

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    I'm heading out in my RV tomorrow for a month or so. When I return I'll be dismantling my set-up. Age and health issues are the reason. I still have plenty of spunk and could continue to burn wood for the foreseeable future but I could be taken at any time. That could leave my wife in deep do do.

    My installation is a little complicated since I installed it before finding this site. There's more plumbing than there needs to be as a result of reconfiguration over time. The only hardware left will be the oil boiler, radiant distribution system and the 40 gallon superstore with the Nyle heat pump.

    If anyone is interested in this hardware please PM me. EKO 25 boiler, upright stainless cylindrical tank with copper coils and all associated controls will be available.
     
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  2. maple1

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    Time indeed changes things - certainly has been in my thoughts a lot more more now than when I redid my system 6 odd years ago due to things that have happened since.

    Best wishes and have a great trip! :)
     
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    It happens to all of us. Time, finances, priorities all change. Good luck and enjoy the future.
     
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  4. dogwood

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    Say it ain't so Fred. I've read may of your posts here and you've been an inspiration to keep me going. At my tender age of 66 I noticed it's getting harder to cut and split the next years supply of wood. When dragging some locust out of the woods at home this morning I was wondering how many more years I could keep this up. Not a lot to recommend getting older on the physical side of things is there?

    Please don't stop writing in. These youngsters and the rest of us could still use your advice.

    Mike
     
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  5. Fred61

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    Sitting in my RV this morning sipping my coffee living the good life. Too soon for you to start thinking that way. I'm 77 and I wouldn't mind skidding out a few cord and splitting it up. My main reason for quitting is to be prepared for my wife to take over.
     
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  6. TCaldwell

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    Fred, don’t go soft, moving keeps you alive.
    I’ve witnessed too many people retire to the good life, shortly there after the strength and balance disappear and effectively they are done. Would you feel comfortable teaching a trusted friend how to dismantle your system in the event of a disability?
     
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  7. Fred61

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    I won't go soft. Wood isn't the only thing that keeps me busy. I'm one of those guys that will dive into any job without question. Less than seven years ago I decided I wanted a mud room on the side of my house. Being someone who doesn't like something that doesn't like to look at something that looks like it was slapped on, I wanted to incorporate it into the design. This meant removing the 4/12 trusses and replacing them with 8/12 trusses and adding 4/12 rafters to form a dual pitch roof for a porch along the full length of the house. I did most of it myself only calling in a friend when I needed to set the trusses. Not many people remove the roof while living in the house. I never run out of work. I've been hyper all my life. If they had those pills when I was growing up I would have been a candidate for a dose. Back then they used a stick or a strap to slow you down.

    I still have some trees to cut. Perhaps I'll sell the wood.
     
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    Well you have to do what’s right for your situation, I’m inspired by seniors that keep active. My father is the 87 year old stable boy for my 78 year old step mom’s 4 horses, always rebuilding something. He sort of pushes me along to, but I like coffee too!
    Seriously though My wife has required me to have names and phone numbers to dismantle my system if when that day comes.
    Good luck and please don’t disappear from this site, I like others enjoy your advice.
     
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  9. muncybob

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    Fred, I know where you are coming from on this. While I hope I still have many more years of this "lifestyle" this is a discussion the Mrs and I had the other day. Basically I said if the wood boiler is still there and I'm not, get somebody to yank it out...sell it if you can and get an efficient as possible oil boiler put in or whatever else technology has available at that time.

    Enjoy life on the road, I could really go for that these days myself.
     
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  10. Fred61

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    My lack of readiness gnaws at me every time the doctor shows me my kidney function line chart. Dismantling the system will give me comfort.
     
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    This is why i like a setup that in not all or nothing. A main source of heat thats automatic,no work involved ,and the wood for if i have time or get the urge. One cant always lug wood around even if young and spunky. For when your sick, tired, on vacation or traveling ect ect. Or just plain getting old. Wood is a great backup heat ,emergency heat,occasional heat ect. I wont ever retire my stove completely, but its been demoted to part time for awhile now.
     
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    I don't know you from anyone, but I wish you the best and hope you enjoy the freedom of the open road :)
     
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  13. Donl

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    Burned my last stick of wood about 2 years ago. I really miss It! I loved setting the boiler up and automating it with a NFCS. I loved being in the bush to cut and split wood. All the best to you.
     
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