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Roly
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Feb 2nd, 2018 11:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Couple hours ago it was -39C....things are looking up...:>)

House and studio wood stoves are working overtime.
cheers

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Feb 3rd, 2018 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Question for Roly

Do the folks in your area adjust the concentration of the coolant in their car radiators.

I am using Dexcool by GM. The car’s manual says that it is set at 50% concentration good for -34°C or -29° F. GM’s information about Dexcool says that concentration should be increased for temperatures which are colder than this.

I ask because the family cottage is in an area which regularly has temperatures which range from -40 - -50°C (-40 - -58°F). When I mentioned this to the folks at the dealership, they felt that an adjustment to the concentration was not needed.

What do you think about adjusting the concentration of the radiator fluid in your area?

PS I had them do it anyway... it is at 60% concentration, which gives protection to -60° C as per the chart on the Dexcool container.

Roly
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Feb 3rd, 2018 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Montrealer
I don't trust charts.
I have an antifreeze tester.
When it says that I am good to -50C, I am comfortable.
Generally, when topping up my coolant (which, in theory, should never happen) I use 50/50 premix.
I never top it up all the way. I leave a little headroom for 100% coolant if the tester says it's not good to -50C.
Tester is useless if the added coolant has not circulated sufficiently to mix with the existing coolant.
Haven't lost a block or a rad yet.
This is winter 29 for me.

Looks like you get similar temperatures down there.

Do you burn wood at the cottage?
I can tell you a lot about stacking, splitting, hauling, cleaning chimneys, sharpening tools, pissing off neighbors when splitting wood at 3 AM.
I'm not up here for the weather, it sucks, even in the summer.
The music scene, and support for the arts keeps me here.

cheers


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Feb 3rd, 2018 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hhi Roly,

Thanks for the response.

To situate us a bit... we are 100 miles north of Montreal and at 1200 feet elevation. We are in a valley, sort of at the bottom of a bowl, so the cold air comes down to us. In the summer and early Fall, there is a lake which moderates the temperature a bit. Summer nights are cool, sometimes cold so the garden, especially the tomatoes, have a hard time, but, we usually get a crop in... later than my friends do in Montreal but, that is understandable.

Yes, we burn wood. After 44 years here, we have become quite adept at splitting and stacking wood. And we manage well at getting the chimney cleaned every year. We have had to adapt our way of doing it as I have become less comfortable on the roof, but it all works.

We ended up here because of the “family tradition” of coming here. I first came here in 1954 so it became a “habit” from a young age. Looking on it, there is a reservoir where we get to do some good sailing but, I spent time in a summer camp closer to Montrea. If I had done it differently, I would likely be there. Today, land or cottages there are way overpriced, so we stay here.

Cheers

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Feb 3rd, 2018 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Roly, I don't know how you do it.
That is crazy cold. I've lived in Upstate New York,
Vermont and Maine. Never lived through the temperatures that you endure. Good on Ya!!

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Feb 3rd, 2018 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can you work a little harder to keep it up there this time? I don’t feel you did your best last time.

Roly
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Feb 3rd, 2018 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Can you work a little harder to keep it up there this time? I don’t feel you did your best last time."

Yeah, I kinda' dropped the ball.
I will try harder.

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Feb 3rd, 2018 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I will be forever grateful. :-)

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