We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Such a photo used to invoke pleasant memories of open fires and crackling hearths. But now, all I see is years of carbon set to be released into the atmosphere where it will cause the Earth to burn up in a fiery apocalypse. It makes me weep. Although, when my tears start freezing to my face, I'd burn that wood like there was no tomorrow and sleep well for it.
You got to love it, I restacked about a cord and a half of last years oak, and bought another two cords. Back when, a cord of when for about $80 in 1984 now its up to $190 2014. Its all AL Gores fault.
Am I to understand that none of you got the memo from the EPA on wood burning stoves? Unless you recently bought one of the few "approved" European models that passed the governments strict emissions and particulate guidelines any other stoves in your possession must be "crushed or otherwise made unusable". Wood stove retailers are forbidden to "repair or sell non-compliant models".