Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday's Hunt v 2.18

It's time for Friday's Hunt again!  I have a lot to blog about, but so little time due to work contracts these days.  Really hoping to get back to more regular posts soon, rather than just once a week.  As usual, for Friday's Hunt, we have 3 prompts from Teresa at Eden Hills:  Starts with R, Week's Favourite, and Black or Orange.

Starts with R
I was lucky enough to have a final rose open in the garden this week.  The garden is mostly over, and frost has already taken many of the tender plants.  The hardy roses are hanging in there, but I am sure this will be the last bloom.

Bonus "R" item is red berries, which are also still hanging on in my woodland areas.

Week's Favourite
My favourite picture this week was this purple finch, who was picking up seeds under the bird feeder. I didn't see many finches this summer, but I'm glad to see them now!

This week we finally gave in, and started heating the house.  I think it was pretty stoic of us to get to the end of October with no heat, given the fact that we are having regular frosts at night these days. This new home we have is heated with a wood stove, which is located in the basement.  Neither of us have a great deal of experience with wood heat, but we are learning quickly.  The wood stove, as you can see, is black.

It's an unusual stove design, invented in Canada, but now owned by a US-based company.  You can see the website here:  It is an extremely efficient stove that burns from the bottom, and you load it from the top.  Due to the design, smoke doesn't pour out when you open the top door.  It's quite different from other stoves, but we are impressed with its performance.

The stove accommodates wood, wood pellets, corn stalks, or other biofuels.  It's very versatile.  It is doing a very good job at heating the house, which it does by a passive heat design - there are no blowers - just open ducts and a heat recovery system.


Michelle said...

I've never seen that type of woodstove, but it looks like a most excellent design!

Tom said...

Rose does it and what a wonderful favorite...stoic, no, maybe crazy!

Lin said...

Does the stove heat the entire house? with no need for a furnace?

Jim said...

I like to get pictures of the last rose of the year. Where we moved to our roses stayed green and bloomed all winter last year. So did the hibiscus. The little finch is a pretty bird, will it stay for the winter. We are still on air conditioning, our temps are running in the 80F's still, a couple of 90's. This morning it had gotten down t 62F though. Our Fall.
Sorry I'm late coming here. I missed Teresa's 7PM cutoff because we were still traveling from Louisiana, coming back to Houston (Katy), Texas. We have been visiting a cousin this weekend, she is 92, who doesn't have internet in her home. We did get e-mail in church Sunday.

Patty Woodland said...

We heat with wood but with a traditional wood stove. If you ask me it's the best heat around. So much warmer than other kinds. That rose is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

We used to use a wood stove when I was growing up. Love wood heat! There's nothing that warms you better. The rose is quite lovely. Nice capture of the finch. Thanks so much for participating. Hope you have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Interesting wood stove design. It sounds like it does a good job for you. My niece has one, it puts out so much heat they have to leave the windows cracked a bit for airflow. We've had the heat on a couple of times when it was chilly for a few days. Then it warmed up a bit, now temps heading down again. That's a beautiful rose.