Slim and Franke

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Friday, March 16, 2018

GATES OF HELL HAVE CLOSED

My brother saved up his office clutter for my burn cage.  He brought it last week but we could not burn because it was too windy and dry.  I waited until this past Monday when the ground was wet and there was no wind.  Got a wonderful fire going...and going...and going.  By afternoon the ground was no longer dry and the wind was picking up.  The fire was still burning. My hose would not reach the burn cage so I had to carry buckets of water to keep the wind from blowing hot ashes out into my field.  Would you believe the alert went out for "fire danger" and even yesterday there was still a whirlpool hole in the center of the burn that I could not put out?  It looked like the entrance to Hell.  

I told my son and he texted me: "I would suggest keeping a good distance away and a crucifix handy.  Let me know if you smell sulfur or hear faint screaming" 

 

27 comments:

  1. That is one impressive burn cage, I'd sure get a longer hose...that is after the gates have closed and the voices have quieted down.

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    1. Yes I am buying a second hose. We have just never had a fire last so long. Too much left in the cage to start with. Should have emptied first. The gates are closed. LOL

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  2. Okay why do you want one of these?

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    1. Most of our trash is picked up but I burn personal information. Anything with confidential information. Usually faster than shredding...except this time.

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  3. Love your son's sense of humour. And hope that the burn is finally out.

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    1. Yep, he's a funny guy and keeps my spirits up. The fire is out thankfully.

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  4. I am glad your son was so helpful!

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    1. After his joke Olga, he did want to come up and help me tend the fire but I knew I could manage. Don't want him to miss work.

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  5. Good advice. Don't stray too far from the water bucket.

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    1. The fire is out for now. Water close by and additional hose being purchased to reach the burn cage.

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  6. Run, Annie! Run! Toss the stake into the fire...and run, Annie, run! :)

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    1. The stake burned up along with the garlic.

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  7. Vivid description--- I hope no one was spitting pea soup!

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  8. I've never seen a burn cage before. We used to burn our rubbish in cinder block incinerators or before that in old 44 gallon drums. now both are illegal all over Australia and a burn cage like yours would cop a hefty fine if anyone lit it up.
    Keep pouring water on it until you are positive it is 100% out. A single wind blown spark is all it takes to start a bushfire, or wildfire as you call it up there.

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    1. That windblown spark was what I feared most. It is funny that we have used this cage for 11 years but never had such a long lasting smoldering. It is because I never burned so much at once and I had too much in the cage to begin with. Lesson learned.

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  9. Now you've worried me, I quite often have bonfires in my yard. I throw white spirit on them and just about anything I can get my hands on, but I don't use a cage, I just start a pile of wood on the grass!

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    1. When Ron was alive we had lots of bonfires. The grandchildren all looked forward to our burning the piles of brush stacked for that purpose.

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  10. Your son is funny, with what he texted you.

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    1. He is almost as funny as his mama. LOL

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    2. Just shy of that. You're THE BEST!

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  11. Thats a neat cage :)

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  12. Love the sense of humor in your family, Annie. Yikes! lol

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  13. I have never seen a burning cage before now.. It would seem to be a great idea for these cages to be used any time when burning rubbish. but in most non backward countries , dare I say Australia being one where we have local authorities who provide adequate collection Bins for three categories. Vegetation, Recyclables,Household garbage and an arranged collection for larger household items and building Materials. BTW I loved the Doggy Pic . Tell them I said "Hello" WOOF WOOF.

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  14. Oh my! I've never seen anything like that. Your son is funny. :)

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  15. Here we have a pit no one has used since I moved in. I have a shredder n little time to shred!

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  16. Here outside they use Brasiers alot, to stay warm in the cold.

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