Monday, January 19, 2009

For Deanna

This post is dedicated to my friend Deanna who gave me a ridiculously hard time about using corn boiler in a sentence...

After four months of research, long travels, more research and daily phone calls to the plumber, my wonderful, brilliant husband has gotten our new corn boiler installed. It's amazing the amount of heat that puppy puts out and how much warmer the house is. Some days, it's almost too warm - as in if you start any kind of activity like cleaning (gasp!), you almost can't stand it. It's a wonderful feeling!!

He's still working on getting it perfect, but I'm so proud of the time and effort he's put into making it work. Knowing Britney and how he is when he has a new toy or project, it'll be many more weeks of "tweaking" to make it just right! He's so smart, he figured out how to move the corn from a big bin he and his uncle built through PVC pipe, using a vacuum cleaner. He also built a contraption that will clean the corn and get rid of most of the dust, so it all goes in the vacuum while the clean corn goes into the big blue barrel before being dumped into the hopper. From the hopper, it goes into the boiler where it gets burned and heats the water that will flow through our radiators and heat our house on bitterly cold days (like -20!).

Thank you Lord for a husband who cares enough about his family to take the time to keep us all warm and toasty!

Pictures are here.


Deanna said...

HAHAHAHA!! I love it. Thank you for the explanation, because between the corn boiler, and the poop spreader, I was seriously beginning to worry about you.

Honestly though, I grew up on a farm, and know all about poop spreaders. We were also composting in the 70's, way before people in California made it all trendy. Haha.

However, I think back then, they called corn boilers 'stills'. As in moonshine. Haha. Not that we had one. I'm just sayin. :-)

Judy & Marvin said...

Way to go Britney!! I know how your "engineering mind" gets focused on a project and doesn't let go until you get it all figured out. I am glad to see your great corn boiler come to life! Thanks for keeping our girls and Carter warm. And, thanks for the photos; as a city girl I couldn't picture just what a "corn boiler" was and now I know. Here's to warm, toasty feet for all of you!!
Love & Kisses,

Mullismayhem said...

Could that be similar to the pellet stoves popular inthe 80's?

Anonymous said...

So, um... Where do you get a corn boiler and do you think I could ship one to Moldova?

Anonymous said...

Britt is totally impressed! Wanted me to blow up the pictures so he could check it out!!!! Must be a boy thing :) I don't care how it works as long as it does what I need it to do...we are so lucky we married smart men!!! Glad you are warm and tell Britney those of us in the hot south are impressed!!!

Sweet Inlow's said...

I can't wait to show this to Scott.

Alea said...

Well, I'm pretty sure Britney got ALL of the researching brains for our family....cause I sure don't have any. Nice job! I am VERY impressed. Good thing we live in GA cause I'm pretty sure we would just stay cold:)