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  1. Mike
    Mike March 28, 2014 at 6:23 am | | Reply

    The Kindling Kit needs to be patented. Beautiful piece for this great, long winter.

  2. Beth
    Beth March 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm | | Reply

    God did I need that. Thank you.

  3. Sheileagh Quinn
    Sheileagh Quinn March 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm | | Reply

    Really enjoyed this piece – a nice break from this exhausting winter. Thank you.

  4. Mary Elder Jacobsen
    Mary Elder Jacobsen March 29, 2014 at 10:43 am | | Reply

    From south of the Mason-Dixon Line I came to Vermont twenty-years-plus-one-winter ago to be with my Beloved. I did not speak Fire. I did not speak Woodstove. Now I understand them fluently. This story made me both smile and shed a little tear this morning. It gave me comfort, like a good warm fire, and hope, like a song about sun, and held me close, like family. Lovely Saturday morning.

  5. Dick Heilman
    Dick Heilman March 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm | | Reply

    Erica should have interviewed me but it would have reminded her what an eccentric her father really is.
    I am proud ( or possibly now sheepish) to say that I / we were a pioneers of sorts in the renaissance of wood burning in the early 1970s.
    I was such a zealot that at one point I was running four wood stoves which meant that I was able to do almost nothing but start, feed, and patrol the stoves lest one go out or one get out of control and burn down the house killing us all.
    And all this just to keep the poorly insulated, 1844 farmhouse at a bone chilling 50 degrees — too cold for parents or friends to visit — at least a second time.
    After listening to this wonderful piece, I am kind of nostalgic about all “Those wood burning days”, but then I remember all the cutting and splitting and lugging and stacking and my nostalgia goes away.

  6. Greg Swain
    Greg Swain March 30, 2014 at 10:42 pm | | Reply

    Thanks again Erica. Another great reminder of what I miss most about my time in Vermont- the humor and hardiness of the people. As tough as winter has been we know spring will be here.
    Great piece. Thanks again!

  7. Barbara Heilman
    Barbara Heilman March 31, 2014 at 8:59 pm | | Reply

    We had Jotul stoves that always burned from front to back. We never got them as hot as I’d have liked. In fact, you could even sit on the stove occasionally. I think my husband was afraid of a chimney fire so we erred on the side of safety. We did a lot of standing by the stove, very close to it.
    I remember one late afternoon after my 6 year old daughter came downstairs, carrying her pjs, stark naked , after her “tubbie”, wanting the warmth from the stove .I think it was in putting on her pjs that she bent over and I heard a sizzling noise as her still- wet buttocks came in contact with the lip of the firebox, creating a red line across her but. I wonder if, at 45, that line is still there….?

  8. Rosana Vestuti
    Rosana Vestuti April 2, 2014 at 10:07 am | | Reply

    Great piece,Erica,as good as “eating soup on a cold day”. I really enjoyed the humor and hearing all the different ways Vermonters are trying to stay warm and SANE during this long winter……signed, a teepee person

    1. Annette
      Annette October 20, 2015 at 12:28 am | | Reply

      Rosana, did you go to school at Colegio Internacional de Caracas in Venezuela?- Annette Omaña

  9. Kate
    Kate January 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm | | Reply

    Just listened to “Woodstove” episode. I never knew there were “tent” people vs “cabin” people.

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