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Log burner

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:25

Good luck

My ex was a builder and specialised in restoration of old timber-framed houses - after wood-burning stoves became popular in the 70s there were many times that he had to restore or even rebuild lovely old rural cottages etc because the chimney had caught fire due to the layer of tar which had soaked into the brickwork - the tar would sometimes even be visible in the bedrooms, as dark staining on the chimney breast !

Fortunately modular chimney liners were introduced and most people use them and this has really reduced the number of chimney fires from woodburning stoves.  However, some people still try to manage without in order to save money ... it's a dangerous and false economy.

It may also be to do with insufficient updraught in the chimney and there may be some blowback which is coming down your chimney - again a properly qualified chimney sweep is the best person to advise you. 

Strange forces at work

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:15

I'm blaming global warming - 'They' said that there would be effects that we don't yet understand ......


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 09:07
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Morning all.
Steve, women often go for the rugged dangerous looking ones ...

Probably 'cos they're the ones our mothers warned us about  

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 09:04

As  I used to tell my children, one of the marks of a civilised and sophisticated society  is the ability to disagree without arguing

I think one of them listened to me - eh Wonky?

Log burner

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 08:49

If the stove hasn't been properly installed, it may well invalidate their buildings insurance because of the fire risk, not to mention public liability as far as your health is concerned, so they or their landlord will need to sort things out quickly. 

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 08:25

I remember Ma getting very excited when she saw that a shop called  Fatface was opening in Southwold. 

The 'traditional' dress shop  called Olivia's where she'd always bought her clothes had recently closed and been replaced by a 'trendy designer boutique' with nothing over a size 12

When she saw Fatface she took the name at face value  and said  'At last, a shop for people like me!'   .......... she was soon sadly disappointed

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 08:22
fidgetbones wrote (see)

You won't find a pharmacist over 30, who when you say Hollister, doesnt automatically think "colostomy bags" followed by " at least 48 hours for delivery, and that doesn't  include weekends, bank holidays and a fortnight shutdown at xmas"

What do you mean.. you only have enough to last until tomorrow?

I almost wet my pants when I see the bright young things parading around with "Hollister" emblazoned on the front.

That's made my day Fidget

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 08:04

Didn't think there was anything wrong with your post Verdun - just thought you were being 'careful' - nothing wrong with that. 

Think Mollis has been posting here for a while with no signs of malign intent  - however, there have been some difficulties lately and some of us are feeling just a little bruised, even if we're tough old birds


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 07:59


We've got a lovely view from our window at the moment - the slightly waning moon hanging in a misty grey western sky - so still and calm. 

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 07:18

And you need to choose the correct variety for your purpose. 

There are 'early' varieties which you harvest early as smaller carrots and 'maincrop' varieties which you leave in the ground to grow large and harvest in the autumn/winter.

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