Friday, 22 March 2013
I can't see it myself, it's 2.40pm - and by this time all should be white outside. It's just cold and a bit windy. I've seen a few snowflakes this morning but that's all.
The woodburner's ticking over, warming my tootsies nicely. Perhaps it's time for a little walk.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
More piles and less rhubarb.
Recent local walks and runs have been multi-purpose: exercise, ‘getting out’, good company, and keeping my eyes open for fallen wood for my woodburner. Much of the last two days has been spent collecting this fallen wood and piling it up in my back garden for use either next winter – or more likely, the following winter.
The resulting pile of wood is encroaching on my patch of Timperley Early rhubarb.
What did you think I meant?
With the expected steep rises in the price of gas I’ll be expanding my wood stock – and I’ll probably need more piles.
I’m probably going to need to move the bird-feeder or the pussy-cats will be having a feast.
Thursday, 27 December 2012
a) I felt it wasn’t particularly controllable compared to other stove installations I’ve seen.
b) The heat output wasn’t a great as I would have expected.
c) It didn’t seem particularly efficient.
d) It was a bit messy.
A few weeks ago I decided enough was enough and after some considerable research put my hand in Barclaycard’s pocket and bought a new stove – a Belge-Franco Montfort Elegance. It’s larger than the Hunter stove, but not hugely so. It will take larger logs, and like the Hunter, will burn solid fuel as well as wood.
What a difference! This stove is everything the old one wasn’t. The heat output is quite phenomenal, it’s absolutely controllable, it’s considerably less messy, it’s efficient….the list could go on. And on.
This stove benefits from a cast iron body whereas the Hunter was made from mild steel. Cast iron seems to stay warm and radiate heat long after the fire has gone out.
I’m well pleased.