It still seems as though every week I tackle some new chore that ends with my throwing my hands in the air and saying, “Well, first time!” That’s not exasperation talking, but the feeling of having never done something before, and the thought that if it all goes wrong, well, it was my first time, after all.
Today I went out and bought a chimney sweep broom, and a length of rope, and a couple of small pipe fittings, of which I only used one. I put the T shaped pipe fitting on the broom, and then used a clip to fasten a heavy adjustable wrench to the other side of the broom. I pushed a rope end through the T, then tied it off. It took two ladders to reach the peak of the steep metal roof, but I got there. Then I had to shimmy my way to the chimney, about 20 feet, and reach over my head to unscrew the spark arrester, and drop the broom down till it reached the flue. I lifted and lowered the broom over small lengths of the chimney till it was all cleaned out, and happily got back down again!
It was dangerous, and I would like to add a few bits up there to make the job a lot easier in the future, and a whole lot safer! It wouldn’t take much, but it could penetrate the otherwise well sealed roof. Anyway, as always, First Time!
Lastly, and this bit took a while, I cleaned up the soot in the fireplace and on the hearth. There was a fair amount of it, although not as much as I expected given how much has been burned since the last clean-up.
I got some repair caulking at the shop today too, and put that into the cracks of the fire bricks at the back of the fireplace.
The reason for all of this is that the temperatures are going to drop a bit over the next three days, including some cold nights, and we are going to have rain. I had to do today’s work between rainfalls as is. I certainly didn’t want to burn without doing it, which is what would have happened had I not got up there. I put a new filter in the blower intake, and the fireplace is set for the year, and is set to light as soon as the caulking has dried for 24 hours, which will be tomorrow at about 3PM. It won’t get too cold between now and then, so everything should be fine.
I also look forward to cooking on the fire.
This fireplace is all we have for heat downstairs, and it is not very good. It is especially poor because most, probably 85% or more, of the heat goes right up the chimney! I am still working on getting the funds for a much better source of heat, but that is going to be tough to do before winter cold sets in.
Here’s the link if you would like to help out! It would be greatly appreciated!
The thing is, if we don’t get this sorted out soon, we will risk frozen pipes because the heaters we have for down stairs are electric, and don’t put out much heat. The basement gets cold, and the pipes are down there. We need a much hotter heat source, and one we can afford to run. That’s where the wood stove comes in.
This year is meant to be very cold due to the El Nino effect in the Pacific Ocean. It does look like it is shaping up to be a cold one! The temps are dropping, and the predictions are dire all around. It should not be looking like it does right now till late October. This could be a long winter! I need to go get more firewood!
Well, I will leave this here for now.
The Prospering Peasant