We had a dusting of snow today. I think it's about time to harvest the last of the lettuce that self seeded from the spring crop! We've been sharing with the neighbors, since there's a LOT of it, but I'll probably bring some in to work (if I remember) since it doesn't really keep that well.
Along with the snow, came the cooler weather. I wouldn't call it cold, yet. Right now it's 30 degrees and it's been in the lower 30s all day. What's exciting about that is we haven't had to burn 24/7 yet. We had a door blower test done about a month ago, and it illustrated the leakiness of the Cottage. We spent some time finding the leaks, and Mr Eclectic (who's far better at it than I am) sealed them up with silicone. We also laid attic blanket in the attics (this we both participated in). Technically our wood stove is oversized for our square footage. The Republic 1750 (tube stove) is rated for about 500 to 1300 square feet MORE than the size of our house. Shoulder season might be more challenging now! While we did stop in to a Blaze King (cat stove) dealer and scope out the Sirroco and Ashford, I think we're going to keep the tube stove around for a while and try to learn how to keep ourselves warm but not too warm. Now you're wondering what "cat" and "tube" stoves are, right? Both are ways to burn the gases that the wood emits while burning. We've only ever had one stove so I can't really say from experience but from reading (a lot), cat stoves (especially BK) are more controllable and can be "turned down" more for longer burns and a lower stove (and house) temp. BUT, the tube stove has a nicer flame show from my understanding. In my opinion, whats the point of a wood stove with no fire. One of my favorite things as a kid was when everyone stayed at my grandparents house and I got to sleep in the living room on the air mattress-in front of the fireplace. Best ever. I'll have to post more about that some time.
Right now we're burning box elder. I just brought a few bags of it in tonight. I think the yellow jackets like it more than some of the other kinds. Here's a tip-if you store your wood outside, knock the splits together as you bring them in to knock the "sleeping" (cold/hibernating) yellow jackets off.