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November 16, 2007



It may seem an obvious question but why do you not leave your fire in overnight?

Little More

Ah, Peter, you might well ask. There are two reasons I can give you. See what you'd like to do with 'em. Firstly, it seems like a bit of a waste of fuel. We are living on a tiny budget and with a big commitment to not using more natural resources than we need. And despite the indignance I thoroughly enjoyed showing in my blog entry, I am actually fairly hardened to the cold - I grew up in a draughty house without central heating- and it is only a slight inconvenience to make a dash for the stove in the morning and quickly get a fire going (especially when Al does it). The second reason makes me suspect that I am in fact a bit of a halfwit. I suffer from a probably risible sense of paranoia that I will fume myself to death with carbon monoxide if I leave the fire on. This is down primarily to inexperience, I am sure: we only came a board 5 months ago and it has only just got properly cold. I have no idea how many windows you are supposed to have open overnight in a 38ft boat to prevent CO build-up. Is is it one? Two? Also, I am sceptical that my 8mm stove rope is enough to do the business given that my Beckton Bunny really requires 10mm rope (do you think I can find 10mm rope? Not in a badger's arse). We have not got around to buying a CO detector yet, it's true, but even if we had one, being a natural pessimist, I would still be snuggling down every night convinced that some fire-or-fume-based disaster will occur in the night. So on balance freezing my ear-lobes off for just the 20 minutes every morning seems the more straightforward choice. You see my predicament. Any advice?

PS Thank you for reading the blog!


I understand your concerns - I fitted a Stanley Fion stove in the space where once stood a Cornish Range (http://www.waterfordstanley.com/44_440.htm)

It heats the whole house burning wood which, by the way, is, according to eco-friendly science, carbon neutral. I gather wood locally - Sue from No Problem seems to have no problem (sorry) acquiring wood from along the cut. She makes reference to this in one of her latest entries - Fog lights on near Grubb Street - http://www.choiceforum.co.uk/blog/noproblem.html

As a long term continuous cruiser Sue will have experienced many a cold time and probably will be able to answer your serious questions.

All I know is that my fire has been burning continuously day and night since the middle of September - our whole house is warm and dry and we are still here.

Occasionally I make the mistake of using wood that is not properly seasoned or is either rhodendron. It burns fiercely and is nice and warm but emits loads of creosote if burnt slowly, then it is smelly because the creosote condenses on the flue and no matter how well sealed the fragrance assails the nostrils. It is no fun to clean out. Mind you the flue on a narrowboat is considerably shorter than mine.

You can find 10mm rope and thicker here: http://www.stovespares.co.uk/stove-spares-sundries.html

Alternatively I can acquire it for £1.75 a meter from Warriors just down the road ( http://www.warriorstoves.co.uk/) and post it to you.

Just another point - does your fire emit fumes in the daytime? If not, then why would it do so at night. If you bank it up at night and damp it down then it glows away for ages, even if it goes out in the early morning the boat will have residual heat from the stove to maintain air temperature.

I enjoy reading your blog - I have been trying to discipline myself to be more proactive with mine but I have issues with time - I take too long preparing each entry, perhaps I am trying to be too erudite.





Ha! Your blog made me laugh. I've taken to sleeping with my next-day's underwear under my pillow cos it's too cold to put on otherwise... (I'm sure you wanted to know that).
I don't mind it being freezy outside if I'm under a mountain of blankets, duvet and dog, but that first rush to get the stove going in the morning does take a bit of courage.


Thermal underwear and winsiette nighties - phooorr - and all that on a blog.

I take it you do not need the rope - the offer is there if you want to take it up. I went to Warriors today for fire cement to reseal the stove - something I should have done two months ago. The next thing is replacing the rope seals.

My wife and me have been toying seriously with spending some time on the cut - one more adventure we keep promising ourselves.

Your tale of tinkling shards of ice is food for thought - at least we too have the duvet and the dog.




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I have no idea.

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