I was enjoying an evening by the fire, wishing I had marshmallows (why am I not more prepared?) and admiring the job the fire cement was doing in keeping the chimney collar hole patched up. And then I saw it. A sliver of glowing coals in a place I shouldn’t be able to see glowing coals. The collar had a new hole.
But I was in no mood to panic. I had survived worse holes, and this one looked like an easy fire cement patch up job. Carefully supervised by Martin, the crack was plugged up, and I thought it was about time I took a good look at the stove and fixed up what I could ahead of the winter.
The easy bit was smearing more fire cement around the collar; this was probably a purely cosmetic job, but it’s made the whole thing look a lot more smooth. It appeared that the previous owners had put some fire rope around the top of the collar, so I decided to replace that, and throw on another dollop of cement. I scraped some of the soot out of the chimney (a satisfyingly messy job) and also noted that a couple of tiles had come off behind the stove. Having no tiling experience and no idea what tools that might entail, I have left them be for now, and resolved to consult YouTube for advice.
The big event of the stove work was replacing the fire rope inside the stove door. I have vague fears about carbon monoxide poisoning, and thought that new rope would be better than old rope at keeping fire fumes out of the living room. (I was aware that I might be removing something that was doing a perfectly good job, and then botching the task of replacing it.) However, it all seemed to go well. I measured the rope, applied the glue in the correct place and then, as instructed, did not close the door for at least 30 minutes after sticking the rope in place.
I am confident that I will not be getting any carbon monoxide leaks in the cabin in the foreseeable future. As I now cannot close the stove door as the rope is too thick, thus preventing me from lighting a fire. Instead of doing the sensible thing and replacing it with slightly thinner rope, I am trying to squash the existing rope into submission by leaning a coal bag against the door. It’s a foolproof plan.
Thank the boating gods for a diesel heater.
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