We’ve Had To Light Our Woodburner

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We’ve had to light our wood burner and it’s still only August! After one of the hottest summers in my memory, this morning, the temperature suddenly dropped to unbearable levels. I wish the clever people would make their minds up about this global warming issue. One second we’re all evaporating off the surface of the earth, the next, we’re freezing our brass monkeys. Well, I am.

Had I Left The Windows Open?

When I got up on Sunday morning, it was raining. It had been forecast, but I didn’t expect the cold. I thought maybe I’d left the windows open all night and knocked a hole as big as a tractor in the wall, as you do (pulling a contorted face). It seems, though, everywhere in the UK was suffering from brass monkey weather. I had to keep reminding myself it’s August, 26th, not November 15th.

Lighting The Fire

So it was, the wood burner got commissioned into action and it wasn’t long before we were nice and toasty. I could have put the central heating on, but since we live off the grid as far as the gas is concerned, it gets a little expensive using LPG. It’s strange how a cold house can take on a different personality as soon as heat is introduced. I hate the cold, give me sun and warmth any day.

Hot Stuff

The only problem with the wood burner is that you can’t control it like an ordinary fire. It doesn’t have an on or off switch. You can control the airflow so it sort of burns slower, but that’s about it. You can guess what’s coming, can’t you? Yes, before too long, we were like a couple of oven-ready chickens! I think we both agreed though, it’s better to be too warm than too cold. Looking at the weather forecast on T.V. they’re telling us that the weather will improve through the forthcoming week. Stay warm wherever you are.

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12 Comments
  • Invisibly Me
    August 28, 2018

    Ooo I’d love one of these, I want to be as warm as an oven cooked chicken! It’s freeeeeezing here now, too. The UK has such a mish-mash of weather and considering they’d said a ‘heatwave’ would last throughout August and September, I’m finding myself layering up in cardigans and jumpers again. Even got out the winter coat to go to the shops yesterday. Stay warm and we’ll keep our fingers crossed a little sunshine makes a return… 🙂
    Caz x

    • admin
      August 28, 2018

      Thank you, Caz. They keep promising that it’s going to warm up as the week goes on, but I haven’t seen much sun yet.

  • Tish Farrell
    August 28, 2018

    We very nearly lit ours too, then the central heating came on just a touch, though still needed to resort to a sweater. It’s all a big shock to the system.

    • admin
      August 28, 2018

      Thank you, Tish. It certainly is a big shock to the system. We’ve been spoilt this summer with the heat wave.

  • rugby843
    August 28, 2018

    I love woodburning stoves, takes me back. I have two sisters in VT, one has a furnace supplied with oil and the other a furnace and woodstove. I’m in an apartment so have heat and AC but rarely use either. I don’t mind bundling up. I think it’s easier to get warm than trying to cool off. Ideally I’d be up in the mountains in a cabin fueled by a wood stove! 🤗

    • admin
      August 28, 2018

      Thank you, Rugby. It does have its benefits living in the middle of nowhere, I just wish it could be a little warmer so I wouldn’t have to light the stove. You will have to try it.

  • Jay
    August 28, 2018

    The humidity here is out of control!

    • admin
      August 28, 2018

      Thank you, Jay. It seems the weather is going crazy all over the world.

  • Sue W
    August 29, 2018

    I agree Trev, it was freezing on Sunday and it poured down up in Yorkshire. I almost lit our wood burner but thought better of it and decided to wait until I’d booked the annual chimney sweep, something I’ve been meaning to do all summer! In the end I popped the heating on for a while. We don’t have gas either here in the sticks, our heating runs on oil which is very expensive!

    • admin
      August 29, 2018

      I was lucky that we’d had the chimney swept about a month ago, Sue. The heating is expensive, so a couple of hours of wood burning and all was nice and toasty. Let’s hope the sun comes back soon.

  • restlessjo
    August 29, 2018

    They look so cosy, don’t they? We could do with one for winter evenings in the Algarve but our house doesn’t have a chimney or flue. 🙁 🙁

    • admin
      August 29, 2018

      Thank you again, Jo. They are very cosy things and warm the whole house. Perhaps you can get one of the electric effect fires for the Algarve or hopefully the weather won’t get too cold.




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