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EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ONE

KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE and YOUR HOME INTACT

The cold air has moved in and now a part of daily life here in the Pocono Mountains, northeastern USA. November’s unexpected 12” snowfall was yet another humble reminder of what the upcoming winter months have in store for us.

Along with the colder temps, comes our need for warmth – an unforgiving reality. Inside our homes the thermostats are dialed up, firewood is burning hot, and space heaters are working around the clock meeting our demands for heat.

But with our heat sources working overtime, we need to prepare for the unexpected…

YOUR HOME SHOULD HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER…maybe two

 

LET’S GET STARTED WITH SOME

BASIC FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS

1. All homes should have at least one smoke detector on each living space level. They should be mounted on the ceiling or on a wall within 12” from the ceiling. Check them regularly.

2. Be sure to have at least one or more UL listed fire extinguishers in your home. Verify that they are functional and in an accessible location. Make sure everyone in your home knows where they are and how to use them.

3. Talk to your kids to make sure they are knowledgeable about fire and smoke (smoke can be as lethal as fire). Have an escape plan for your family in case of a fire.

4. Call or stop by your local fire company station. They would be happy to provide information on keeping your home safe from fire.

 

ALL FIRE EXTINGUISERS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Using the wrong type of fire extinguisher can make a fire spread!

 

The list below explains the various types of fire extinguishers and their best use:

Type A: Use on fires involving combustible materials like wood, cloth and paper.

Type B: Use on flammable liquid fires, like kitchen grease. Do not use water on this type of fire!

Type C: Use on electrical equipment.

Type ABC: Use this on all types of fires

Type D: Combustible Metals

Type E: Flammable Gases

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HERE’S A TIP

An ABC-type, dry chemical extinguisher is a good multi-purpose choice for most homes. They are ideal for putting out many types of fires. You can purchase online or at your local department and hardware stores.

Be warm. Be safe.

BZ

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6 QUICK TIPS FOR WOOD BURNERS

Helpful tips scribed on chalkboard

Listed below are useful suggestions helpful for burning firewood for heat, food and fun:

 

1. COOK DINNER ON YOUR WOODSTOVE!

If your stove has a cooktop surface, with a few select pots and pans and a little creativity, just about any food can be prepared.

No need to turn on the electric stove, or microwave. Dinner can be kept warm or leftovers toasted up quickly using the top of your woodstove.

 

2. USE BUCKETS TO TRANSPORT YOUR WOOD SUPPLY

Save those 5-gallon buckets! They come in handy for transporting your split wood. You will be surprised how many pieces of wood can fit inside one bucket. The handles make it easy to carry too.


 

3. KNOW YOUR WOODS

Burning the right wood makes a big difference. It helps to know the species or type of wood you are burning. Soft woods are good for starting and kindling a fire. Hardwoods are best for maintaining a fire, as they provide more energy, burning hotter and longer. HERE’S ANOTHER TIP!  Download our FREE “Trees We Need” e-book. It contains tons of information on tree identification.

 

4. USE CEILING FANS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Circulation is the key to distributing the air from your heat source. Keeping in mind that most ceiling fans are reversible, use the forward setting in rooms where heat needs to be pushed down. The reverse setting will draw the heat up, perfect for when the woodstove or fireplace is located in a lower room.


 

5. MOISTURE FROM YOUR WOODSTOVE

Whenever your woodstove is hot and heating your home, keep a large tea kettle or pot of water cooking on top of it. Yes, this really does help keep moisture in the air. But also, the hot water is convenient for providing a cup of tea or a hot chocolate any time of the day.

 

6. PURCHASE PROPER INSURANCE

Make sure your woodstove is properly inspected and insured. Contact your insurance company for info. My insurance company sent 2 of its reps to my home for inspection. FYI…they checked for “UL” (underwriters laboratories) approval and EPA certification. Restrictions and ordinances vary for every location.

 

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THIS JOINT SMOKES!

always smokin bbq sign at the joint restaurant

THEY’RE BURNING IN THE BIG EASY!

It’s early morning and a blue-sky day begins with 70° temps, and a slow rising southern sun. I’m visiting New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, and a city renowned for its colorful parades and exuberant celebrations. Today’s adventure within this Mississippi River town lures me past venues streaming Dixieland-style melodies, acoustic blues and a touch of just about every other musical genre. There’s culture too, with French and Spanish influence boasting its architecture up and down the sidewalks, firmly planted in this historic town.

There’s no doubt that music and excitement are a draw for this touristy mecca but there’s more. When you’re hungry, and the delectable aromas from some of the south’s most treasured recipes tempt your appetite, it’s time to eat! And as usual, when I’m craving food, I turn to Janet, my fiancée and trusted travel planner. She’s great for making sure our trips are the best they can be, especially when it comes to our dinners. She’s either cooking a tasty plate herself, or tracking down the hot spots where the locals hang out. This time around she’s discovered a “best kept secret” located in the Bywater neighborhood, on the corner of Marantz and Royal.

BURNING WOOD SMELLS SO GOOD

We decided to walk to this restaurant, taking in the various neighborhoods and offbeat places that tour guides don’t have the time to show. It wasn’t long before an unmistakable aroma swirled our way while we passed through this unfamiliar neighborhood. I could taste this flavored smell through my nose and instantly I knew that somewhere close, there was food being prepared over a fire.

FIREWOOD FOOD

We followed that delicious smoky flavor and we arrived at our destination…The Joint. Of course it’s overcrowded with hungry customers, and that’s a good sign. I start eyeing their plates, piled high with ribs, pulled pork, beef briskets, Mac n Cheese, Cole slaw and more.  We find a table, place our order, and soon a taste of heaven is served in front of us. We say nothing for 10 minutes, only “humming” sounds can be heard as we indulge in scrumptious euphoria.

FIREWOOD FLAVOR

After congratulating Janet on yet another job well done on finding such a great place for dinner, naturally, I’m curious on how our mouthwatering meal was cooked and prepared. I sneak back past the kitchen and I am confronted by a young gentleman bearing the traditional black and white chef colors on his knee-length apron and over-sized floppy hat. Thank goodness he was friendly, and eager to “show and tell” the secret to his melt-in-your-mouth meats and their delicious flavors.

Just as I thought…they’re using firewood! He proceeded to show me the large smokers and the wood they used for the heat. I asked if he had any tips to offer those who burn wood to cook their food. “If there is any secret at all, it’s keeping the fire at a constant temperature, be consistent with the flavor, and know exactly how long to keep each food item on the grill”. “And that’s it!”, he offered with a smile and the wink of an eye. He also added that he uses hardwood (Live Oak) for slow, hot burns, and wood chips for more flavor.

Below are 2 pics showing The Joint’s hardwood supply and their transportable smoker.

                                                                           

Some of the tastiest recipes in all the south…cooked to perfection…using wood.

They burn in The Big Easy!

BZ

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