March Patreon Offerings: Knitting and More

By , March 13, 2020

Yesterday, at noon, our Patreon Patron “Things” dropped.

Exclusively for upper tier patrons, the A Place At the Table recording of family discussions at the dining table (or other homestead table, see Patreon “Things” Posted for May) continued the topic started in February on the importance of knitting on our homestead.

March 2020 view from the Zeiger Family Homestead

I get tired of posting Patreon screenshots, so here’s what the view is like this March (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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A Proper Chimney

By , March 10, 2020

We’ve had enough trouble with the draft of our wood stove flue that we decided to extend the chimney.

A “proper” chimney requires a minimum height above the roof, or roof line—opinions differ—to create the correct amount of draw to pull smoke out of a fireplace or wood stove. The magic number appears to be 3 feet, either above the roof or the ridge of the roof.

Since our chimney exits the roof a couple of inches below the roof line, we decided we could fudge this detail a bit, and satisfy both requirements.

Chimney Extension

The new, extended chimney (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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