It's old, but solid. It's ugly, but who cares. It was free.
I did have to spend $60 on new firebricks for the inside. The old bricks were pulverized by the hour trip from my parents' house to here on a trailer with no springs. Another $20 for an angle grinder to remove the old screws. $12 for the new stainless screws and bolts. The pan of water and clippings from the rosemary and eucalyptus tree were free. Inside, it's hot, hot, hot!
Upstairs, with no electric heat, the house is a comfortable 64 degrees. On the light rack, it's 72 and sunny.
I'll have to keep a closer eye on the watering needs of my brugs and pineapple sage cuttings. Who needs bottom heat when you've got a furnace in the opposite corner?
9:00pm - I've spent the evening sorting the 50 packs of seeds for the contest. In the basement, I've decided I really need to do something to that back corner where things have been tossed for "storage". I'm going to move my work table back there. All the crap left over from when I was building models will either be trashed, sold, given away, or burned Christmas Eve at my parents' house. We shoot fireworks every year. Don't know exactly why. Never bothered to ask when they started the tradition several years ago. Something about getting Santa's attention, I think. You would think the 50,000 twinkling lights and 30+ inflatables in the yard would be enough.
My work table is near the new wood heater. It's 83 degrees in that section of the basement. The back corner has an old leaky metal framed window so it's cooler at 76. Upstairs, it's 67 with no supplemental heat. Outside, 30 and clear.
I'll do some more work on the basement tomorrow. The goal is to get rid of all the stuff and bits of rubbish I've been thinking about possibly using to maybe build something. There seems to be a trip to the landfill in my future. Maybe Wednesday morning.