Thursday, December 14, 2017

Burning the Chia Pet (Thursday 13)

Sunday Afternoon

bigger than it looks, it's about 8 feet high and maybe 16 feet across


Monday morning

 annnnd then it snowed, now  we can burn
 always into the wind, never with it
burns much cleaner that way  
and you're not so apt to annoy the trees at the edge of the forest 
 notice the photos are being shot from further away,  lol


 this is my favorite shot, that tongue of fire...


Monday afternoon
took about three hours from start to finish

I am, by the way, ridiculously pleased with the way this thing burned.  I think it's the best one yet.

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14 comments:

  1. I like a good fire myself, except for the smoke and the fact that the smoke can carry poison oak which I am highly allergic too, and stuff like that, but otherwise, they can be really cool. Err, hot.

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  2. Very little smoke with this one, and you really couldn't get close enough to be bothered by it anyway. And no poison oak. If we had that, we'd not be burning it anyway. This was strictly brush, old worn out wood, pine branches and er Cuffy's favorite mattress, which is now in cat heaven with him. He's been there for years, Im sure he'll be pleased to see it again.

    But I agree, a good brush pile is a thing of beauty if'n it's done right =)

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  3. I used to love my leaf burning. Then all outdoor fires were banned in NJ. So I enjoyed seeing your brush burning.

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    1. yep, folks just take the fun out of everything. I can understand their caution, having seen a few "got away from them" fires first hand, and there's too many people who are totally clueless about wind, and where, and how much is too much...so the rest of us natural firebugs suffer for it.

      We have regs even in NH about woodsize, weather condition, and very strict rules concerning when and where.

      Luckily we live 'out' and no one can see us from the road, or town, or even next door, so we sort of follow the rules, pretty much. (Don't ask)

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  4. Currently only 8 degrees out there. I hadda run out to the Rx & nobody was burning brush but, my oh my, them woodstoves is a-crankin! Yum.

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    1. It was all of 20 deg. Tuesday, and only a little wind, so it was a good day for it. The rules for brush piles now is, you do not leave the fire unattended until it's entirely out. Cold ground. All of that. By rights that meant I should have been out there until after midnight, guarding the forest from a stray spark.

      I don't think so...

      Yeah, we're down to about ten deg. and got all three stoves going. Warmer it is by bedtime in here, the warmer (as in less cold) it will be come morning.

      At least, that's the theory.

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  5. I guess that's one way to melt snow

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    1. for sure. A bit extreme, but very effective.

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    1. Absolutely. It's why we stare into roaring fireplaces, and huddle around firepits and campfires. Very primal.

      If we didn't have woodstoves and the occasional brushpile to burn, I'd probably be out there torching old barns and deserted houses...

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  7. I can almost hear it scream. Love the title!

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    1. I figgered it was just creepy enough (eeek she's burning chia pets???) to get attention; but these do sort of resemble field chia pets, all fuzzy and hairy, and it seemed to be having SUCH a good time out there.

      When we went out later to check on the progress, there were about a half dozen meadow voles (bigger than a chipmunk, cute little things) galloping around, so I don't know if they were escaping from it or just curious about the whole business.

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  8. At $30 bucks a wreath, I reckon you burned about three grand.
    Lol!

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    1. that's funny. I hadn't thought of wreath counts, but considering the size of it, at $200 a full cord, I'd say we burnt up the equivalent of maybe a winter's wood in three hours. And yeah, that would come out about the same.

      Too bad there wasn't a way to bottle that up and release as needed...like Ray Bradbury's dream of bottling summer, in "Dandelion Wine".

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