Steaming up the windows

Last winter I failed entirely when trying to boil a kettle on my coal-burning stove. It sat for hours on end atop the stove, without so much as a wisp of steam.

This may be because I used three (sometimes four if I was feeling extravagant) pieces of coal. It transpires that if you use an appropriate amount of coal, then the kettle will boil in a mere two hours.

Buoyed by my boiling water success, today’s lunchtime soup has just gone on the stove.  It might turn out to be this evening’s teatime soup.

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