We also got a very comforting heat from this stove. With the help of a friend, Music Man replaced the too small inadequate stove that was here with a second hand stove Music Man bartered for years ago. It is a beautiful stove that was crafted in coal regions of England and will burn either wood or coal. We have moved this stove around for the last 7 years from home to home, waiting for the right place to install it. We have found that place. It looks great here, feels more period to the house and also heats like a champ in this under-insulated old home. I stayed, for two of the three nights we didn't have power, feeding it with logs every couple of hours and we stayed very comfortable. For heat and cooking ability, we couldn't ask for more for a power outage.
We also lost our ability to have running water. We do have a small generator that could power some of the least draining appliances, like the TV, the refrigerator, the freezer in the garage that houses all our chicken and the pork we also bought from a local farmer. But we have discovered that this house is wired very badly. The water heater is hooked to all the upstairs lighting and outlets, the stove is hooked to too many things and the well pump is also wired with half of the other circuits in the downstairs. Not only kind of dangerous, it causes us to not be able to run the important things like the stove and well pump because the generator isn't strong enough to power those along with everything else they are wired with. So, we didn't have running water, but with the snow melt coming off the roof, we were able to collect enough in buckets to flush the toilets and water the dog and chickens. I had enough drinking water to last us for a while, so we were fine there and other then having to heat water to wash dishes and not showering for too many days, we were fine with our lot. The picture above shows the old well that is on the property, the original water source for the farm, and we probably could still draw water from it if we needed to, but the water would not be drinking water as I'm sure it's not bacteria free.
All in all, we are embracing winter's arrival and the beginning of the "rest" period. Time for knitting, time for reading, time for garden planning, time for sledding and snowshoeing and many of the other activities that winter allows. We do get tired of the shoveling and snowblowing and cold, but we do try to embrace the wonders and beauty of the season as well.
Wishing you a warm and comforting arrival of winter at your farm,