Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fire Power

Starting small
Tearing the Wagon Apart

It got bigger!

Removing a lug nutt

The final step

We've been in the process of cleaning out my Dad's barn. We had an old wagon and a lot of junk wood we wanted to burn. So we got permission from the fire chief to do a controlled burn. It was actually a good day for it. By noon it was up to 70 degrees; the wind wasn't too strong and it was in the right direction to burn away from any buildings.

We started the fire with the small stuff and kept adding to it. When we got ready to burn the wagon it was a real challenge! It was very heavy, as it had a piece of metal attached to the top. Also we needed to get the tires off, as you can't burn rubber (well, I guess you can, but only on the highway!).

Between the 4 of us, Lou and husband Rog, brother Lowell, and I, we finally got the wagon flipped, and then we were able to separate the top from the chassey. We had to use a chain attached to Rog's van to pull the top onto the fire. (You can't tell from the picture, but once it started burning it was quite a big fire.)

The final challenge was getting the lug nutts off the tires, so we could remove them. With a lot of elbow grease and a little "liquid wrench" we finally got the job done.

We were very thankful that we were able to accomplish the burn safely with no one getting hurt and the fire was, in fact, controlled. Now when we go back, we can collect the steel from the burn pile and along with some other metal and steel we still have there, get a little cash for our efforts. All in all, a job well done.


Kristen said...

I am impressed! I love it when a gal works hard like the guys! :)

Thank you for visiting my blog... praying along side of you during the election today!

Letters From Midlife said...

Way to get in there and help out. We live in an old house that we bought 25 years ago as a "handyman special". I've done my share of carpentry from putting in windows, hanging sheetrock, painting, helping set trusses, etc. I love that pioneer spirit in women! lol