I hope that everyone had a great Christmas, I know that some of us, OK me, the holidays are a tough time. The best thing I did over the break was to buy some hard coal. A little history, every winter is a long depressing time for me with a shop that gets below freezing each night and takes hours with a wood stove to warm up, Ever tried to work in 60 degree air on equipment that is still below freezing? Well someone gave me an old, really old riveted together coal stove, and for the first time I bought some coal from our local amish coal distributor. For the last several days I have had a coal fire in the shop. If I keep it shut down all the way it is in the 50s when I get out there, if I open it up it will get up into the 60-70s after a couple of hours. So tomorrow I have something to get up for in the winter. If I open the draft when I go out to feed the steer and chickens and have some breakfast, I can go out and have a warm shop to work in after breakfast.
Rasper, I figure that this may not be your issue where you live, but this is a life changer for me. Winter has been a depressing, dismal season since I moved here 5 years ago. Dang I might just get back into real life. I figure it takes about $2 a day to have a warm shop. l have even seen my other hobby of fermenting extending to year around. Yee Ha.