So, I thought I’d finally show some pictures of this wood burning pool heater I keep talking about.
The black thing is obviously the stove. 😉 The brown oval thing is the filter – it uses special sand to filter the water. And the small white thing is the pump.
This is inside the stove at the top. The water flows back and forth through those pipes and gets heated by the fire.
The heater works very nicely although it does take awhile to get the water up to a nice temperature. If at 9:00 am, the temp is 20 or 21 degrees C, it might take up until 3:00 or 4:00 pm to get up to 27 degrees. Personally, I find 29 degrees a lovely temperature on a cool day.
This is all of the wood that the kids and I drug out of the woods today for the heater because I’ve already burnt through our wood pile. We’re having friends over tomorrow to swim and I HOPE that this (plus a bit that I have left elsewhere) will be enough wood. To heat the water ten degrees I generally have to heat the pool for four to five hours. That’s a lot of wood!
This is off topic of the wood stove. These are our garbage cans. Harmless enough looking right? Well, I get the lovely job of taking the garbage to the dump (we don’t get garbage pick-up out here). Now, imagine these cans filled with icky stinky garbage.
Yesterday, I was on the phone with my friend, L, while I was dragging the cans over to my vehicle. That little unassuming one on the right was all that I had left. It felt really light so I presumed it was empty. I presumed wrong. I thought I’d double check, and lifted the lid to take a quick glance. And what greeted me?? A huge swarm of about a hundred flies zoomed outta there right at my face! I, naturally, screamed bloody murder into my friend’s ear. It took me a good fifteen minutes to calm down from the trauma. I despise taking the garbage to the dump!!
On a happier note. We had barbecue shrimp last night for supper, and it was soooo good. 🙂