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winter prep

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craftyone Tue 11-Jun-19 18:11:47

Its grey, very damp and I was cold and my joints were aching. A good time to test my new heating system for winter and it is working well. No rain leaks in the house, a draught around the front door when the wind blows, so the curtain is up. I have a multi fuel stove, need to read about how to work it. It is only back up heat so I have been buying kiln dried logs and still need to buy smokeless eggs. I bought a small raised plastic coal bunker, need to fill that

I love that I only need to tweak the thermostat to keep me warm, I used to have to lift heavy bags of fuel into the stove at my old house. I hope this weather is not typical of this summer of 2019.

Buffybee Tue 11-Jun-19 19:40:17

I agree craftyone it's very cold and damp today, I have my central heating thermostat turned up and I'm tempted to put my gas fire on this evening as well.
My central heating is all mains gas but many years ago I had a multi fuel stove that ran the central heating in a little cottage out in the wilds.
Good idea to check it out and get used to how it works before our "real" Winter though.
Glad your warm and cozy! 😊 So am i...😊

Iam64 Tue 11-Jun-19 19:43:20

Same! It's like October here.

midgey Tue 11-Jun-19 19:48:23

Nine degrees here at two o’clock!

Sara65 Tue 11-Jun-19 22:02:53

I was cold all day at work, couldn’t wait to get home and light the fire!

Now I am off to make my hot water bottle and go to bed


mosaicwarts Fri 14-Jun-19 11:16:06

Great you've bought kiln dried logs, such great value for money. When you are ready to try your multi fuel stove you should find a 'handle' - if you are going to use coal in it the handle lifts the grate up at an angle, to give more airflow.

I thought I'd mix my order this year with a bag of kiln dried and a bag of hard/softwood unseasoned. The hard/softwood unseasoned was appalling and even had green moss on plus slugs, terrible waste of £60.00. Had to dot it all around the aga to try and dry it out a bit as just went black in the fire and didn't burn for an age.

Can't wait to only have one draught!

M0nica Fri 14-Jun-19 11:24:44

Most nights I am still turning the electric blanket on.

Charleygirl5 Fri 14-Jun-19 12:34:58

I have the gas central heating on most evenings and I would die of hypothermia if I did not take a hot water bottle to bed.
This is mid June, I am not sure what I will do in January!

M0nica Fri 14-Jun-19 12:58:37

Charleygirl5 If this year is anything to go by (remember all that lovely warm sunny weather in February and March?), by January we will be sweltering through a heat.

M0nica Fri 14-Jun-19 12:58:52


Charleygirl5 Fri 14-Jun-19 13:25:50

That would be good! I am spending too much money on heating.

craftyone Fri 14-Jun-19 17:04:48

A better day today but certainly not flaming june, not sitting out with an ice cream weather. So I got busy these past few days, have been stocking up on fuel and baking. Drat, really these are autumn activities but that was what I was wanting to do. If we don`t get summer over the next 10 weeks or so then that will be it, the slippery slide to winter. No good having lovely weather in septenber, the children will be back at school looking pale and pasty

ninathenana Fri 14-Jun-19 17:15:07

I'm not gloating but am amazed at the contrasts in British weather. The sun is out and it is quiet breezy but today I have driven to the supermarket wearing just a skirt T-shirt (plus undies smile) sandals. My car gave the outside temp as 21c.
I haven't had the heating on since end of March begining of April.
I'm in Kent.

lemongrove Fri 14-Jun-19 17:24:10

No heating on today but we have had for the last few days,
It doesn’t matter what month it is when the house feels chilly we put it on.

Sara65 Fri 14-Jun-19 20:37:40

Sat in the park shivering this afternoon, whilst three grandchildren raced around saying they were boiling! Baby asleep in her pram, had a blanket over her, and some of the children’s disgarded hoodies!

Now I’m off for a hot bath

petra Fri 14-Jun-19 20:52:58

Mosaicwarts and Craftyone
You think that was tough.
This was my home for 5 years. Imagine getting the wood onboard.

Sara65 Fri 14-Jun-19 21:13:31

Where is that Petra?

petra Fri 14-Jun-19 21:27:06

Tollesbury in Essex.

Sara65 Fri 14-Jun-19 21:29:08

Goodness! Looks freezing

petra Fri 14-Jun-19 21:34:11

Freezing but beautiful 😊

craftyone Sat 15-Jun-19 08:50:00

lovely photo. I remember 6 months during a bad winter, in a very very tiny caravan, was pregnant and sick and me and husband coped, like you do when young. Not any more, give me warmth and cosiness on tap

Logs! mosaics you gave me a flashback, load after load of logs that refused to dry and an open fire that refused to draw, all those logs that were worse than useless. I still remember it. I had an aga once, anthracite and old but I used to get it fired up and make very many loaves. Nice ambient warmth, old cottage in the middle of no-where in n wales, not the best of days and I was only 25 with 2 small children and the water ran dry. Oh the ways we managed, when we were young. The hillside drips I collected in a bucket. I never take being cosy forgranted, fully deserve it in my later years

mosaicwarts Sat 15-Jun-19 11:51:05

Petra, I promise I'll never complain again!

Steve's best friend Bernard was from Devon, his Dad was a master shipwright I believe. He lived on a boat in Little Venice and very sadly died in icy conditions - he was drunk and fell from the boat onto the ice and broke his neck. I think he was 49 when he died, so tragic.

Craftyone, sympathise with your bad logs from the past, since moving here I've discovered the 'blazer' you put over the fireplace to help it draw.. Mine was a big sheet of metal with a handle, like a shield. Disappeared a few years ago when I stopped burning coal. Such a mucky business, I hate doing our open coal fire and only do it when it's minus figures.

Our worst experience here was the snow of 2010. Icicles pulled all our gutters off, bulls were able to get out of their fields because the snow was so high, and the oil man wouldn't deliver to us because he thought he saw 'sharp metal' in the snow around our tank. It was actually the silver underlay you use with laminate flooring. I've never been as cold, someone the beast from the east wasn't as bad. I was probably in shock - five days of silence, completely alone here. Found out the fire wasn't performing because the chimney pointing had gone, athletic builder repaired it afterwards without scaffolding. Hope he didn't tell his family, I had to come in, was too dangerous for a cat really.

I made friends with someone on WAYUP and she had her own water supply which froze - I keep old lemonade bottles and always fill them in odd weather, just in case.

Really don't feel like cleaning but must start, I've just had a sandwich and it always makes me feel sleepy for some reason. Two more minutes on here .... !