... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Sunday 13 May 2012

At grate expense

On Friday we'd let the fire go out in the Squirrel, as a few days of decent weather were forecast. We also got all our woollies washed and hung them out to dry, but that's a different story. Needless to say, it immediately began to rain, accompanied by a cold wind, so we thought we would light the stove again.

But first we decided to give it a good clean out, while it was cool. This revealed the reason why big lumps of red hot coals had been appearing in the ash pan:

The bottom grate was somewhat the worse for wear. Feeling rather chilly we decided to bite the bullet sooner rather than later and dashed off to Midland Chandlers for a replacement.

My guess of £40 wasn't far off the mark - £36.98, to be precise. Ouch.

1 comment:

  1. I think the 'ouch' element will depend on whether the expense is repeated every 12 months, or every 60 months, say.

    Good Luck, with the fire specifically, and the lifestyle, and thanks for keeping up with the blog, it's a daily read for me.