Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: 'Foundering Furnaces'

March 9, 2016
Amid sub-zero temperatures and 80-mph winds, two of four furnaces serving the State Lands headquarters continually are tripping off. Could the problem be ice crystals in the fuel line? The facilities manager, Pete “Plug” Lipcheau, has cleaned the fuel filters and blown out the fuel lines to no avail. Plug is about to come uncorked when he asks his pal Johnny Tundra to take a look.

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