Friday, 14 December 2012

Keep out the chill ...

Cold here yesterday despite the lovely sunshine ...

This morning real winter clouds, dark and threatening, and looking full of ice and snow.

Last night, I spent the evening with my friend Stamatis. Over a glass of Rapsani watching the Greek TV explaining the latest EU fiscal bail out. However it was great to be, by the warmth of his 'even mightier' woodburner ...

Stamatis woodburner doubles as a stove, and has remained lit day and night, for a month. He has been collecting and eating the local mushrooms for twenty days, yes free food for that long, and served with couscous. a glass of the wine, cashews and rewarded later with amazing dreams last night.

Walking back clear skies and the stars very clear overhead. The temperature near freezing, and when I arrived home the mighty woodburner, was still glowing a dull red from the interior of the furnace. Within minutes it was roaring again, and I fed the beast with a large lump of Mulberry wood, that sizzled, spat and  then burned.

Valves then closed to a minimum, the fire was still warm this morning, so we have fed the beast again, and continued with the heat on this morning.

I have some huge logs that are too big for the woodburner, yet the open fire is such a waste of good firewood, and heat and money up the chimney.

I have been exploring using a Eco Hot heat exchanger, on the open fire, to exploit the heat from the open fire itself. This is the new must have kit on the island ...


I have been lent one, thanks to having good Greek friends here on the rock. However at the moment am not convinced, that its the right thing for me. The open fire looks good, but for the same price it seems that I can get another woodburner, just like that that I already own. It will give me a minimum 4.5kw heat without the requirement of electricity to propel it at me.

It seems a no brainer, but subject to availability - watch this space ...

A brisk walk after the school run, up Papadamatis street, returning with fresh bread and some huge broccoli destined for a lunchtime soup. 

The fish man had prawns that were still flipping, and twitching. local codfish and some lovely sized John Dory, but at €14 a kilo it must be. Sadly fresh fish is off the radar for at least a couple of months yet ...

Hints of blue sky through the clouds above, and after a trip to souless Asteras yesterday its a Carrefour day today. But first the post office ...



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