Monday, January 12, 2015
This little beauty and I have become really close friends. This past week has been brutally cold. I'm sure most of you have had the same problem. Since this is the only heat we have in our house right now, we had to run it wide open almost all the time. At night we shut it down a little. I still had to get up every two hours and put wood in the stove. As we looked back on last week though, we realized that the wood we used was extremely dry and sponge like. It burnt real fast. We did some trading for a good load of wood just a few days ago and it seems like this wood will work better. It's not as dry and will hold up longer. Both types of wood were oak, but one load was just from a tree that had been dead for a while. We needed to get it out of our field. Hey, don't ever over look free firewood. It worked for a while.
I don't remember if this is an old stove, but this is our new one. It puts off a lot more heat than our last one. A. LOT. This one is made of steel and holds the heat so much better. I plan on using stove black on this later in the spring. We needed the heat so we really didn't care about the small amount of rust it had on it.
See that red pot on the top? Yep, that's full of brown beans and a ham hock. Yummmmmmm! Nothing like cooking on the stove on a cold day.
I also wanted to tell everyone about my rabbits. I bred two does. Only one had babies. Well, A baby. It was a big black kit. Dead. I won't blame it all on the doe though, this was her first litter and it was extremely cold when she had it. I'm still gonna try with the breeding. I made some rabbit noodle soup the other day and I fell in love with it. If the rabbit breading doesn't work, then I'm just going to end up getting some creepy meat chickens. I know I can raise them.(As long as I can keep dogs out of them.)
This week is suppose to be a little warmer so hopefully I won't be a slave to the stove and I can get a few things done around the house. We shall see.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, staying warm