Category Archives: Betsy The Woodstove

Ideas That Can’t (But Should) Be Killed

Progress soars when people come up with new ideas. (Which is why Universities were formerly prime movers of civilization. Their current manifestation as musty tombs sucking at the teat of student loan debt is a story for another time.) Many … Continue reading

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Coffee Moment: Part 2

My last post explained that percolators are awesome because of mind control. Since a few people asked; I’m going to post more info. It started last summer when there was a power outage. I used this opportunity to discuss my perfectly … Continue reading

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Cookstove! Crossed The Finish Line

I am sipping coffee and happier than a pig in shit. Why? Because this is the inaugural run of Betsy… my newly operational cook stove / garage heat source. I couldn’t be happier. It’s a genuine EMP proof, survivalist approved, … Continue reading

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Cookstove! Chimney

Pics or it didn’t happen: The same part costs the same thing on Amazon: (6″ Chimney Pipe Adapter). Given that ill fitting parts foisted by evil box stores killed several man hours I’ll order online from now on. Lesson learned. … Continue reading

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Cookstove! You Gotta’ Be Kidding

No shit, there I was. A custom fabricated component tucked neatly into a nearly perfect 1935 cookstove. All I needed was to hook it up to the existing chimney. How hard could it be? For those of you who heat … Continue reading

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Cookstove! Nothing Is Easy.

We all know how the world works; nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Get out a pen and write this down: “Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.” That’s why I’ve always hated the smug jackoffs (like … Continue reading

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Cookstove! Google Fu Challenge

Some folks asked for more details about my stove (named Betsy) in hopes of delving deeper with their Google Fu. Here goes: The manufacturer is Jungers Stove and Range Co. of Grafton Wisconsin. Model is CC-8-39. I didn’t get far … Continue reading

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Cookstove! The Middle

It took a while, but with a great deal of grunting and swearing (and wishing my strength was a little better; I haven’t been firing on all cylinders lately) I managed to get the job done. I repositioned the stove, … Continue reading

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Cookstove! The Beginning

Sometimes things work out. Yeah, I know. I’m as surprised as you are. I think I’ve had an actual documented homesteader success. I should quit while I’m ahead! Here’s the story. Curmudgeon Compound’s garage came with a useless, warped, rusted, … Continue reading

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