Archive for December, 2009

All fired up again

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Yesterday I went back and fitted the stove all over again. I wasn’t happy with the way the flue was installed, even though it was fitted the way it was designed to be.

The single skin stainless steel flue pipes, fittings and caps (chapéu) on sale here aren’t the most ideal flues from the point of view of efficient stove operation as the thin metal leads to rapid cooling of the combustion gases, causing condensation of water vapour and creosote accumulation at an accelerated rate. I’d already swapped my initial choice of 130mm pipe for 110mm before installation to increase draw and flue temperatures, but the nature of the pipe is such that 20mm diameter probably doesn’t make a massive amount of difference. (Though what do I know? I’m not a heating engineer.)


All fired up

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Christmas Eve. Seems a good time to get the stove finally in and working. I’d forgotten just how good this little stove is, and it draws to perfection with 3 lengths of 110mm flue pipe. At this rate I should have the yurt warm and dry and fit to move into within a reasonable time. Always providing I can source the firewood …


I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Went over to Benfeita today to do some more work on installing the stove. It took me easily half an hour to get along the 1km of our track. Last night’s winds and rain had brought down some trees and I had to shift no less than 3 trees across the track to get to the quinta, each one progressively larger than the last. Just as well I happened to have a hand saw in the back of the van. (Mental note to self: keep one there at all times.) And just as well they were all relatively small pines that my girly muscles were capable of shifting. (Mental note to self: keep a tow rope in the back of the van for occasions when girly muscles aren’t enough.)


Solar powered

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Well at least in the virtual world …

My web hosting for this site expired today so I’ve been completing the migration to the new servers which are 100% solar-powered – for real, not through accounting convention – via Solar Host. Hopefully all should function as intended, but please let me know if you encounter any glitches and/or weirdnesses.

See my earlier post on this for more details. Right now, the sun’s shining in an almost clear blue sky so I’m off to Benfeita to install the stove.

Stove ready

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

It’s been raining, so work is inevitably progressing at a slower pace than I’d like given the urgency in getting the yurt dried out. A couple of days’ work now has the stove stripped down, rust removed, corroded and sheared bolts replaced, and reassembled and tested.

L Lange & Co wood burning stove

It goes! With no leaks.



Monday, December 14th, 2009

Finally today, after umpteen delays and some prevarication (well maybe that’s a bit harsh – I really needed a bit of down-time after everything that’s happened recently), I arrived back in Benfeita with a van-load of stuff and the intention of being here for at least the next 2 months before having to go anywhere else again. (Oonagh is staying with her father in Asturias and will be here in the New Year.)