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Saga of the stove

If the saga of the stove were a medieval ballad, everyone would have finished their dinner and gone to sleep with their heads on the table, and yet it would only have just begun.

The punch line is that we have a stove which cuts itself off for no apparent reason every so often. ‘Often’ was somewhere between 4 and 6 hours prior to today, but is now down to about an hour.

When it cuts itself off, you have to wait to be able to arm it again, which means trying repeatedly over a period of anywhere between no time at all and several hours.

Stove flue poking out of the chimney

Our electrician-cum-plumber had the very plausible idea that the problem might be caused by soot accumulation in the horizontal part of the flue pipe where it pokes out of our ornamental chimney. He climbed up there, took off the finial that stops birds getting in and poked his brush along, but it hasn’t made any difference at all.

And so we go on.

Clive says that it might be cheaper and easier in the long run to take an axe to the stove, except that you’d just break your axe.

  1. November 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    We had to have a new stove in our dining room and lounge. We haven’t looked back, the new ones are so much more efficient, it was worth it.

    • Damaris
      November 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      We joke about destroying our stove but it’s not really feasible. We bought it less than 5 years ago as the only stove available that was up to the job (heating 100 square metres and an indoor swimming pool) and it cost the equivalent of £3,500. When it’s working, we’re warm as toast and it’s brilliant. Unfortunately there’s something – no-one seems to know exactly what – triggering the alarm labelled ‘HOT PEL’, or literally ‘hot pellets’. The worst thing about it all is that the manufacturers aren’t at all customer friendly or helpful.

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