Out of the Blue

We took delivery of a ton of wood pellets for our pellet stove late yesterday. These come in 40 lb bags, so I had 50 of them to store away. The good news is these had to go down a flight of stairs, rather than up. But it was still no picnic. This was one of those chores where you lug the first few bags and think it's not going to be so bad, but by the time I was halfway through I was quite ready for it to be done. I'm glad it's taken care of, but I'm seriously thinking it would be better to buy the other ton of pellets we'll eventually need piecemeal so we can just take them home in the car and not have to deal with this a second time.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 17, 2020, 14:10
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Oct 17, 2020, 14:10
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 17, 2020, 05:59:
Kxmode wrote on Oct 17, 2020, 01:10:
Remixed the amazing Dune trailer with a track from Two Steps From Hell. I also added engineered sounds (here's a video where you can hear them isolated from the music).

Not gonna watch cuz don't want to be spoilt for the movie.

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Oct 17, 2020, 07:24
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Rectal Prolapse wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 23:16:
Wood pellets? Ouch - doesn't that produce a lot of pollution?
Well, it is a straight up release of carbon. The question is does he release more carbon than would be released if he was using more conventional electric or gas heating? I no idea what the answer to that would be...
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 17, 2020, 05:59
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Kxmode wrote on Oct 17, 2020, 01:10:
Remixed the amazing Dune trailer with a track from Two Steps From Hell. I also added engineered sounds (here's a video where you can hear them isolated from the music).

Not gonna watch cuz don't want to be spoilt for the movie.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 17, 2020, 05:58
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Rectal Prolapse wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 23:16:
Wood pellets? Ouch - doesn't that produce a lot of pollution?

https://e360.yale.edu/features/wood_pellets_green_energy_or_new_source_of_co2_emissions

According to the above: 'Burning wood pellets releases as much or even more carbon dioxide per unit than burning coal.'

And I am sure the other particulates are not very healthy for the environment either.

Although the US government seems to think they are okay:
https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-and-cool/home-heating-systems/wood-and-pellet-heating

So, who do I believe? Activists, or government?

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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 17, 2020, 01:10
Kxmode
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 17, 2020, 01:10
Oct 17, 2020, 01:10
 Kxmode
 
Remixed the amazing Dune trailer with a track from Two Steps From Hell. I also added engineered sounds (here's a video where you can hear them isolated from the music).
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 16, 2020, 23:16
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2020, 23:16
Oct 16, 2020, 23:16
 
Wood pellets? Ouch - doesn't that produce a lot of pollution?

https://e360.yale.edu/features/wood_pellets_green_energy_or_new_source_of_co2_emissions

According to the above: 'Burning wood pellets releases as much or even more carbon dioxide per unit than burning coal.'

And I am sure the other particulates are not very healthy for the environment either.

Although the US government seems to think they are okay:
https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-and-cool/home-heating-systems/wood-and-pellet-heating

So, who do I believe? Activists, or government?
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Oct 16, 2020, 18:37
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RedEye9 wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 12:39:
RaZ0r! wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 12:27:
Tab should have been discontinued 60 years ago.
+1
I've had a lifelong love affair with liquid candy ie Coca-Cola and remember trying tab in the mid '70s at a neighbor's. It was unpalatable.
I first had some in what as probably 1968 or 1969 -- a friend had been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and hence his mother kept a large stock of Tab, so... why not? I don't really recall my reaction to it, but based on the fact I don't recall ever buying any, I'd assume I was not impressed.
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Oct 16, 2020, 17:42
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 17:37:
Blue wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 15:47:
Cutter wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 13:57:
Blue, how wide is your staircase - the treads - and how long? Why not get yourself a sheet of plywood or two cut them down to stair width and then just use them as a ramp and let the bags slide down instead? Or same thing if you have a basement window you can open and use the plywood as a ramp there to slide the bags through and down. Work smarter, not harder, buddy.

The stairs switch back the other way halfway down, so this isn't that practical. It also would require hoisting the bags up a second time when they reached the bottom, and since that's the hardest part of the job, I don't think it would be easier even if it was practical to slide them down the stairs.
I mean, you *could* have spent three days building a curved 180 banked switchback ramp, sanded down with 400 grit sandpaper to reduce friction, and covered in silicone lubricant. I'm not sure why you didn't go that route.
better yet, go multi-purpose Wink water based. (May Not Be Safe for all)

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NVRMND: $250 shipping looks a little steep, unless it comes on an unmarked manila pallet.
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Blue wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 15:47:
Cutter wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 13:57:
Blue, how wide is your staircase - the treads - and how long? Why not get yourself a sheet of plywood or two cut them down to stair width and then just use them as a ramp and let the bags slide down instead? Or same thing if you have a basement window you can open and use the plywood as a ramp there to slide the bags through and down. Work smarter, not harder, buddy.

The stairs switch back the other way halfway down, so this isn't that practical. It also would require hoisting the bags up a second time when they reached the bottom, and since that's the hardest part of the job, I don't think it would be easier even if it was practical to slide them down the stairs.
I mean, you *could* have spent three days building a curved 180 banked switchback ramp, sanded down with 400 grit sandpaper to reduce friction, and covered in silicone lubricant. I'm not sure why you didn't go that route.
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Oct 16, 2020, 17:32
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Jaysen wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 12:50:
Fascinating. I live near Vancouver in Canada and can't imagine having the storage space for that volume of wood pellets. Doing a bit of research online it does seem to be a cost effective heating solution. Hopefully you can relax and rest as you will probably be very sore tomorrow after hauling that many bags. I recommend an epsom salt bath.
And take some ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling.
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Oct 16, 2020, 17:31
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Oct 16, 2020, 17:31
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 12:39:
RaZ0r! wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 12:27:
Tab should have been discontinued 60 years ago.
+1
I've had a lifelong love affair with liquid candy ie Coca-Cola and remember trying tab in the mid '70s at a neighbor's. It was unpalatable.

LOL, I had the same exact experience as a kid. I was never a big soda drinker, but got some fast food with Dreyerdad somewhere (I don't even remember what we got). He got a Coke, and I got a Tab thinking it would be healthier. It was the worst, so I ended up drinking Dad's Coke.
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Oct 16, 2020, 16:33
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Sounds like a walk in the park those bags...

A conventional wood stove would have you hauling logs for days then manually cord each one over more days.

Gives a nice workout. We do it every year here. After a few hours, you get in the mojo of it and then the body hormones and neurotransmitters for physical work kick in and it's kinda fun even if you're not top shape.
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Oct 16, 2020, 15:48
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Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 14:28:
So, the pellet stove is the intended systematic heating for the unit? I assume there some kind of air ventilation, that it isn't just direct radiant heating from the stove? I don't think I've ever heard of a pellet stove being the main heat for a residence outside maybe a small cottage in a deeply rural setting.

There is no system for distributing the heat. But it is not strictly radiant, there is a blower that pushes hot air, so it's convective. After it runs for a while it gets the whole place very comfortable. But downstairs in my office I have to use the electric heat. But even with that, all in all our annual energy costs here are a fraction of what they were in Westchester.
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Cutter wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 13:57:
Blue, how wide is your staircase - the treads - and how long? Why not get yourself a sheet of plywood or two cut them down to stair width and then just use them as a ramp and let the bags slide down instead? Or same thing if you have a basement window you can open and use the plywood as a ramp there to slide the bags through and down. Work smarter, not harder, buddy.

The stairs switch back the other way halfway down, so this isn't that practical. It also would require hoisting the bags up a second time when they reached the bottom, and since that's the hardest part of the job, I don't think it would be easier even if it was practical to slide them down the stairs.
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So, the pellet stove is the intended systematic heating for the unit? I assume there some kind of air ventilation, that it isn't just direct radiant heating from the stove? I don't think I've ever heard of a pellet stove being the main heat for a residence outside maybe a small cottage in a deeply rural setting.
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Beamer wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 13:29:
According to the woman nodding behind Trump last night, we're the ones responsible for school shootings. I think. Hard to tell...

https://twitter.com/MayraJoli/status/1158715965804294144
We’ve known all along it’s the videoGRAMES. And she’s homophobic, what a wonderful nodder. She fits right in with the stereotypical drumpf supporter.
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Oct 16, 2020, 13:57
 Cutter
 
Blue, how wide is your staircase - the treads - and how long? Why not get yourself a sheet of plywood or two cut them down to stair width and then just use them as a ramp and let the bags slide down instead? Or same thing if you have a basement window you can open and use the plywood as a ramp there to slide the bags through and down. Work smarter, not harder, buddy.
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 Beamer
 
According to the woman nodding behind Trump last night, we're the ones responsible for school shootings. I think. Hard to tell...

https://twitter.com/MayraJoli/status/1158715965804294144
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"concluded that a person would have to be sitting next to an infectious passenger for at least 54 hours to receive a dangerous dose of the virus through the air"
Worthless study is worthless. Doesn't take into account people talking or removing their masks to eat or drink.
Reminds me of a college classmate who'd been a Marine. They taught him he could survive a nuclear blast. Failing to mention that he'd be able to fight for a couple more weeks before he dissolved on the inside.
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Oct 16, 2020, 12:50
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 Jaysen
 
Fascinating. I live near Vancouver in Canada and can't imagine having the storage space for that volume of wood pellets. Doing a bit of research online it does seem to be a cost effective heating solution. Hopefully you can relax and rest as you will probably be very sore tomorrow after hauling that many bags. I recommend an epsom salt bath.
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