Frances Bell

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A sorry tale of wood-burning stoves and miscommunication


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A morality tale

This is a morality tale for those who have or intend to purchase a wood-burning stove to help bring down their energy bills, and those who are crafting home grown gifts for family and friends.  If, like us, you fall into both categories beware the hidden dangers.

The excitement

On Friday, I decided to light our relatively new wood-burning stove ( a very high tech model the Burley Debdale) whilst dh Terry was hunter-gathering provisions for our supper (pizzas from Tesco).  I cleared out the ashes from the previous day and put them in the peely bin.  Some were still glowing a little so I  decided to empty the peely bin in the very large compost bin at the bottom of the garden.   Ten minutes later, I glanced out of the window, and saw a minor towering inferno.  I investigated and discovered that one of our three 700l plastic compost bins was blazing away.  I was a little surprised by the combustible nature of our compost but duly fetched the hose and deluged the blaze with water.  It took some time before the flames and smoke were eliminated.  I was shaken!

The unknown event

When Terry returned, I confessed the results of my ash-disposal.  He was able to add some background.  Earlier in the day, whilst starting to clear out the garage, He decided to dispose of our failed attempt at Peaches in brandy.  This was 2 jars – with approximately one pint of brandy and 8-10 peaches and he put them on the compost heap.

The morals of the story

1. Glowing ashes + brandy-soaked compost = conflagration.

2. We need to invest in an ash carrier so we can safely cool our ashes before disposing of them.

3.  We need to talk to each other;)

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francesbell • April 14, 2013

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  1. Aleksej Heinze (@AleksejHeinze) April 15, 2013 - 7:33 pm Reply

    OK, I now know why I don’t have a real wood burner 🙂

  2. francesbell April 16, 2013 - 6:43 pm Reply

    Ah! but do you have compost bins? nice to see you Aleksej

  3. Sarah O’D April 17, 2013 - 1:49 pm Reply

    We laughed throughout this episode”!!!

  4. francesbell April 20, 2013 - 9:44 am Reply

    Sarah – I laughed after the episode but not during it . I am not sure what the penalty is for setting fire to a tree with a TPO on it.

  5. Wood Burning Stoves April 29, 2013 - 7:13 pm Reply

    hehe 🙂 oh well accidents happen, this is something I need to warn my customers about 🙂 an interesting read!

  6. Dean February 12, 2015 - 7:24 am Reply

    Ha ha would love to have seen the neighbours faces !

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