Sunday, January 29, 2012
Sitting in front of this fire prompted the question, "What causes the smoke to rise up through the chimney?" Obviously, hot air rises but a bit of research provided the full story. The following excerpt comes from How Your Chimney Really Works within the Chimney Safety Institute of America website:
Draft and Flow
Many experienced chimney professionals use the similarities between water and air to explain the way your chimney works. Although most people don't realize it, the air moving up your chimney works under the same set of physical principles as water flowing in a hose or pipe.When a fireplace chimney is full of hot air, it actually pulls air through the firebox. This pulling effect is called draft and it corresponds to the amount of pressure in a water hose - the only difference is that the air pressure is negative and the water pressure is positive (think of using a straw to drink with instead of to blow bubbles). Thus, a chimney is called a negative pressure system. Increasing the draft in your chimney is like opening the faucet wider on the hose. The simplest way to increase the draft in your chimney is to burn the fire hotter - hotter air is lighter, so it has more pull.
Another way to get more draft is to increase the height of your chimney - except when the chimney is already so tall that frictional forces negate the effect of the extra height. Given the same amount of pressure, a larger pipe can obviously carry a greater volume of water than a smaller one. The same is true for chimneys - with the same amount of draft (pressure), a larger flue will exhaust more smoke from your fireplace than a smaller one. But just as a water hose can be kinked or plugged, the airflow in your chimney can have a restriction that slows down the smoke flowing up the chimney. Some of the reasons for poor flow in a chimney are: excessive creosote deposits; closed or plugged dampers; improper construction; structural damage or even a dirty chimney cap. In fact, having a plugged-up chimney cap at the end of your chimney is just like having a closed nozzle at the end of a hose - you just can't get any airflow through the chimney.
There's also a good section in the Chimney Safety Institute of America website on How to Select Firewood.
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/29/2012 04:45:00 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
|Brunswick, A Film by Nate Simms|
Brunswick is a film about landscape change, told through the personal story of a farmer’s lifelong connection to his now-threatened land. The film weaves together the plight of Sanford Bonesteel, an aging farmer in his 90s, with the dynamics of small-town politics as a residential development is planned on Sanford’s former land.
The film takes place in Brunswick, New York, a small country town facing the challenge of balancing economic growth with the preservation of its rural character. It is a story both specific to Brunswick and yet recognizable to rural communities all over the United States.
Brunswick will be shown at the Catskill Film Festival on Sunday, January 29th
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/27/2012 12:55:00 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
This historical marker is at the corner of Elm Street (Co. Rd. 38) and NY State Rt 22 in Berlin. The road dates back to the Manor of Rensselaerswyck days when tenant farmers traveled it to bring payments of grain and poultry to the Patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer. It appears on the 1829 map of Rensselaer below as "Eastern Turnpike." The toll for a horse and rider was 5 cents or 12-1/2 cents for a four-wheel carriage with two horses.
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/18/2012 08:30:00 PM
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I took this screenshot of my Rensselaer Plateau Weather Station's reading at 6:15 a.m. this morning. Note that the low was -10 degrees at 5:22 a.m.
I provide a feed to Davis Instruments' webpage set up from my station and to a Wunderground.com webpage set up for for my weather station.
Here are some details on the station, which is located on our property at Taconic Lake in the Town of Grafton. It's powered by solar cells, transmits a signal to a module located in my house which then feeds the signal via a Time-Warner cable internet link to Davis Instruments in Hayward, California where it is routed into Davis Instruments' server for distribution on the internet via their WeatherLink site.
Latitude: N 42 ° 44 ' 1 '' ( 42.734 ° )
Longitude: W 73 ° 24 ' 53 '' ( -73.415 ° )
MADIS ID: D7536 (NOAA's Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System -- which collects the data from member weather stations such as mine which makes it available for use by the National Weather Service and others.)
Hardware: Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
Hardware: Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
Weather Station Software: WeatherLinkIP
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/15/2012 05:18:00 PM
Saturday, January 14, 2012
|Meditation Hall (Buddhist)|
18 Hewitt Road - Petersburgh
Meditation Practice: Sundays, 11am-noon
Rahob Rinpoche, Head Lama
(credit: Rhahob Dharma Center Website)
At 75, Tibetan holy man has hope (credit: 2008 Times Union, May 21, 2008)
Monk Builds Spiritual Center (credit: Times Union, May 16, 2002)
A Visit with Rahob Rinpoche (credit Go Beyond Words: Wisdom Publications' Buddhist Blog)
Photos from a recent Puja (credit: Drepung Gomang Monastic College website)
|Rahob Dharma Center|
|Meditation Hall Weathervane|
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/14/2012 04:55:00 PM
Thursday, January 12, 2012
"William W. Reynolds was a native of Westerly, Rhode Island. He settled in Petersburgh in 1780 and became a prominent and successful farmer and filled the office of supervisor for several terms and was magistrate for many years. He served in the Revolutionary War as a volunteer for a short time without pay, and participated in the Battle of Bennington. He reared four sons and two daughters."
Landmarks of Rensselaer County, by George Baker Anderson, D. Mason & Co. Publishers, Syracuse, NY 1897
|NY Rt 22 - Petersburgh|
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/12/2012 08:44:00 PM
Monday, January 9, 2012
|Taconic Lake - Grafton|
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/09/2012 08:03:00 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2012
|19219 NY Rt 22 - Petersburgh|
Petersburgh as two retail estblishments that I'm aware of: Papas Pizza and The Meeting House Gallery. I paid a visit to The Meeting House Gallery for the first time this weekend and and was impressed with what was available: paintings, sculptures, folk art, pottery, glass, maps, books, china, pewter, stoneware and a whole lot more on three floors of the meeting house.
|Three Floors Chock-Full|
|Antique Bugle: $95|
|Open 10am-4pm Daily|
Phone: (518) 658-2099
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/07/2012 04:20:00 PM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The 883-acre Tibbits State Forest was donated to New York State in 1953 by Reverend John K.Tibbits as a memorial to his family who had owned the land for over 150 years.
Nearby, is Tibbits Mansion which is now part of Hoosac School. During the 1800's travelers on the turnpike, which later became Route 7, had to be aware of the "Shingle Hollow Desperadoes" who lie in wait in the forest.
Today, New York Route 7 divides the Forest into two sections. There are about four miles of hiking and logging trails. An old logging road starts gradually up the hill from the parking spot on Route 7. To the left is the "Nature Trail" and to the right a two mile hike around the back side of the hill following another logging road.
If you head west from the start of the "Nature Trail", you will find easy walking for about 1.5 miles as it parallels Route 7 and Shingle Hollow Creek. The forest has groves of pine, hemlock, and white oak. Ferns and wildflowers thrive throughout.
For those outdoor enthusiasts, the trails lend themselves to hiking and cross-country skiing along with trail rides. For hunters, the forest offers many opportunities to hunt for a large variety of wildlife. For anglers, try fishing Shingle Hollow, a NYS classified trout stream with trout spawning designation.
Source: Town of Hoosick website
Posted by Bob Mayo at 1/04/2012 07:48:00 PM