Bumper Stickers for Obama's new Hybrid Fleet.

I'm curious how these new Hybrid cars the President plans on purchacing will handle the armor plating and bullet proof glass...Hmm?  A new fleet sounds good until you think about it. Weight is a critical factor in making the batteries last and be able to propel the vehicle at freeway speeds.

Pellet Stove Update

I finally figured out the problem I was having with the pellet stove! Here's the deal....

I have been testing with both the heat setting and the room air fan set on low. After the lighting cycle completes, it takes about 6 minutes for it to go into a fault cycle that shuts down the stove.

Yesterday I kicked up the heat and the room air fan to med and then later dropped the fan down to low. The stove has been running continuously now for approximately 18 hours without shutting down. Something it has never done since we moved here over 4 years ago.

My suspicion while on the low setting was that the photeye element was failing so I started looking for a solution. At that point I hadn't tried the higher settings either.

At one point Whitfield (Lennox) was offering a photoeye relocation kit for free that basically allows you to relocate the photoeye so it looks directly into the firebox. That kit now runs around $66.00 w/o the photoeye and $160+ w/photoeye. Obviously, the reason for the free upgrade was they hadn't located the photoeye in the optimal place in the first place. The upgrade is no longer free though and my serial number WH-003505 suggests it's a fairly old stove.

The low priced kit makes more sense if I decide to fix it since I do have a working photoeye. It's just a pain to remove the old one. The problem though is that it just can't see the fire at the low setting. Yesterday I found some High temp ceramic jet turbine paint I believe I could create a mirror of sorts that should or could work also. The photoeye is located behind a slot in the pelet feed slot on the side...the kit moves it to the top to look straight down. My idea is basically just to reflect the flamelight a little better...a $15.00 fix.

Of course, on the safety side, It could reflect roomlight more readily and fool the photoeye into thinking there is flame when there isn't. When no flame is detected it stops the feed mechanism from dumping pellets and shuts the stove down.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...nothing is ever simple!

Random Quotes

There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators.
Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.
Chester Bowles (1901 - 1986)


Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784),


About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
Herbert Hoover (1874 - 1964)


Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
Doug Larson


The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything - or nothing.
Nancy Astor (1879 - 1964)


In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes.
Mogens Jallberg


The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.
Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

Pellet Stoves - Cleanliness

The stove has been givin us fits for awhile. The igniter went out and it faults out after 30 min. Otherwise worked great. They recommend cleaning the stove at least annually after the season is over. The igniter has gone out before and I payed someone to come out and replace it. Also had a guy come out and do a service on it...a few years ago...like 3?

Well needless to say, I ordered a new igniter.

Since I had to tear into it, I decided I should also do the maintenance on it. You wouldn't believe all the crap that gets into them. The tough part is finding the crap as it's not obvious as to the airflow route. The igniter only took a few minutes to install but I spent most of the day (after my nap) tearing things apart, cleaning, vacuuming etc.

So far the igniter works and I have good exhaust and flame color...still shutting down after 30 minutes though. that's partly because I removed and cleaned the exhaust fan and cleaned the ducting to the outside. Plus I found a couple of access ports in the firebox to get stuff that falls down from the convection tubes.

What I need to do tommorrow is keep troubleshooting the 30 minute problem. What I didn't do today is remove the fresh air fan from the housing and clean that fan out. There are 2 High limit switches aand was able to bypass one today to see if that was the problem. I'm not sure where the second one is but I'm sure I'll find it tomorrow after I disconnect the stove and swing it around and open up the back panel. Maybe I'll find how to take out the photoeye and clean that also while I'm at it.

I can't be positive, but I am likely doing a better job than the guy I payed to clean it before. If I need a new high limit switch it's only around $20.00 including tax and shipping. If cleaning the fan doesn't fix the problem I'll just bypass the second high limit switch and order a new one and then keep the fire on low for a few days.

Some heat is better than no heat!

Low Impact Drilling

The technology that put oil and natural gas wells scattered all over the place is going away. One well can take the place of at least 10 wells. Being "Environmentally Friendly" overall can reduce production costs as the video shows.

Misinformed legislators and the general public opinion will be our worst enemy.

The Obama Administration Should Not Delay Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing

This topic is peticularily important to me since I spend so much time on the road. The hurry-gotta-do-it-now sink or swim stimuless pork bill let this topic slip. I urge you to read the full story and let your congressmen and senators know you are concerned about delays...and that you haven't forgot $4.00+ gas prices.


February 19, 2009
The Obama Administration Should Not Delay Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing
WebMemo #2302

Last July, President Bush responded to public anger over $4.00 a gallon gasoline and rescinded the longstanding executive moratorium on offshore leasing for oil and natural gas. Congress followed suit by allowing its own restrictions to lapse on October 1. But now, the Obama Administration has taken steps to slow down the process of leasing these areas to energy companies, and some fear that expanded offshore drilling will be put off indefinitely. Delay would be a mistake and should be kept to a minimum, as additional domestic oil is still badly needed.


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