Yes, I finally found out how to tighten the chainsaw – actually it was pretty easy.
It is slow going through the 30″ caliper tree trunk with a 24″ chainsaw. I get most of the way on one side and when I go to the other side of the tree to cut it off, the lines rarely meet. I’m sure there is a better way to do this. It is time consuming since each piece I cut has to be thin enough for me to pick up and carry into the house (and through most of the house) to get to the fireplace. I’m thinking I may just get a two-wheeler and a big box or container for these heavier loads. The good news is that these big pieces should provide heat for most of the night. I’m about half way through the eight foot piece – and need to get the chain sharpened again. Who knew how much work was involved with all of this?
Yes, the plan is (many nights, anyway) to sleep in front of the fireplace – with the couch directly in front of the fireplace for maximum warmth. Actually, from this position, my laptop (still connected to internet via ethernet cable) is accessible for work during the day (I work at home), and the television is right there as well for my grand evening entertainment. My big concern really is the water lines – to not let them freeze.
Also, I received my electric bill for the month of October (which I refer to as my November bill for the Riot for Austerity numbers – it is the bills I get during the month). I used 340 kwh, which is 577 kwhs less than the average US Household (a decrease of 62.92%), but 27 kwh higher than the previous bill. Given that I have been able to use as few as 282 kwh in a month (August bill – for July usage), it makes me wonder what I have stopped doing that I was doing then (when this game was much newer and exciting), have I gotten lazy? Time to re-evaluate my usage, and go around and start unplugging things again. Let me say, for the record, I’m not nearly as excited about hanging clothes on the line these days as I was during the warm spring and summer months.