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The Significance Of The Fire

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edited March 14 in THE MAIN WALL
The Significance Of The Fire

The Irish made fires that never went out. The fire in the hearth was for cooking and for warmth, and it smoldered for hundreds of years in some cases. In this episode, Dan Holohan reflects on his heating heritage.

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ChrisJ

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  • cubbydog
    cubbydog Member Posts: 42
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    Maybe we don’t burn turf or grass, but I have never lived in a house without a woodstove !
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,324
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    There is something deeply instinctive in us which reacts positively to the smell of a little wood smoke -- or peat, or even coal -- on the wind. Home, safety, security... we simply can't avoid it, even for those unfortunate folk in suburbs and cities who have never experienced it. (of course there are always those who complain about air pollution... they have my sympathy).
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    CLambjim s_2
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,704
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    We actually have fireplaces and fire pits even in the cities and suburbs, Jamie :smile:

    And sometimes, just sometimes, people in the city go camping! We don't feel unfortunate, country mouse :wink:

    I can even walk to get coal-fired pizza for lunch if I want!
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,706
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    We actually have fireplaces and fire pits even in the cities and suburbs, Jamie :smile:

    And sometimes, just sometimes, people in the city go camping! We don't feel unfortunate, country mouse :wink:

    I can even walk to get coal-fired pizza for lunch if I want!


    Charcoal grills.
    Pellet grills.
    Smokers.

    Chimeneas
    Fire pits.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • WMno57
    WMno57 Member Posts: 1,287
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    I can even walk to get coal-fired pizza for lunch if I want!

    Clean coal I hope :D . D'Amato's Bakery is possibly the last operating coal bakery in Chicago. I have not been to the actual store yet, but have purchased their bread in Chicagoland grocery stores. Very good!
    https://damatoschicago.com/

    "Our coal burning oven has been standing since 1912. Everyday we feed the hopper with coal and get it ready for the next day and so forth."

    I DIY.
    ethicalpauldelcrossvSlamDunk
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,528
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    Ahh, but it’s the chat that matters most. 
    Retired and loving it.
    Larry Weingarten
  • Henry
    Henry Member Posts: 998
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    A very good story! That is why I have a gas 60,000 BTU firepit on my deck. It is for friends to sit and talk in front of a fire!
  • exqheat
    exqheat Member Posts: 185
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    It's in our DNA. I grew up with central coal heating. Tending to the coal fire was a fundemental as cooking. Before central heating, fire places were a constant watch for heat, cooking and safety. How often as a kid did we sit to find illusive shapes of animals and objects in the fireplace. How much time did we spend gathering fuel as a family, cleaning up wood after storms and being grateful fr the new supply for cooler times. The fire provides comfort for the group gatherd, an if you have experience, well warmed marshmellow treats that did not go on fire.
    John Cockerill Exquisite Heat www.exqheat.com Precisions boiler control from indoor reset.
  • SlamDunk
    SlamDunk Member Posts: 1,583
    edited March 17
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    ......... we simply can't avoid it, even for those unfortunate folk in suburbs and cities who have never experienced it. (of course there are always those who complain about air pollution... they have my sympathy).

    @Jamie Hall . What!?!😂
    My parents raised us in the Bronx; We experienced bigger and more frequent fires than most country folk. Sure, it was peoples' homes but still....fire. And homeless people, everwhere, had trash can fires to stay warm-still do today. Car fires, dumpster fires, people on fire...... Why do you think cities have hydrants on every corner? 😅.

    Now, if city folk were unfortunate for anything, it would be never seeing stars! I was shocked,at 12 yrs old, to go camping in MA and seeing stars for the first time! That is unfortunate!
    ethicalpaul
  • Rusty2
    Rusty2 Member Posts: 69
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    SlamDunk said - "Now, if city folk were unfortunate for anything, it would be never seeing stars!"

    We used to go camping in the High Sierras. You would see from horizon to horizon belts of stars, clouds of stars. The first time you experience this it will leave you speechless when suddenly dawns on you that we are IN the stars. But now the stars are almost "all gone" and now there isn't even a chance to experience that gut realization of where we are.
  • SlamDunk
    SlamDunk Member Posts: 1,583
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    I asked my scout master, while sitting around a campfire (Oooo - Fire!) why didnt we have stars like this in NY? After a lot of laughter, he explained light pollution to me. Then, soon after, for the only time in my life, I saw stars in the NYC night sky.

    We had a total blackout. While people were looting below my fire escape ( more Fire!), I was looking up. If anyone ever gets bored looking at stars, they are dead inside.
    Rusty2CLamb
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,158
    edited March 19
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    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
    Rusty2CLambWMno57
  • Rusty2
    Rusty2 Member Posts: 69
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    Wow, that photo is stunning.