Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Twits!

We sent for some rope seal, from a different place to normal, to replace the old rope in the door of the woodburner. We have waited all through summer to do this job as you need to be able to light the woodburner to set the seal.

We made sure we ordered the correct version, and DB set about putting in the glue then the rope. It looked a little proud, which it usually does, so we thought nothing of it. The fire was laid and set alight then we tried to close the door - and couldn't.

Maybe it was brain freeze that stopped us thinking to check the door would shut before lighting but we have never had to do it, it has always closed:(

The first lighting of the woodburner always produces a smell, so we had planned on going out once it had calmed down, for a quick walk. Obviously no doing.

Trying to hold the door as closed as possible to stop the smoke coming out, was an interesting task. Luckily only a very small test fire had been lit and within 20 minutes, it was dying out. Phew!

Now to get some more rope from our usual place.


6 comments:

  1. Oh dear, nothing worse than smoky room! Ours is loose (less than 2 years old) so interested in the glue process!

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    1. It is heatproof glue that comes in the pack with the seal, but I think you can buy it separately. Squirted into the channel then rope pushed in.

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  2. Oh I miss that smell of the first wood-burner fire of the winter - burning dust!
    Once they stopped selling asbestos rope for fire seals we could never get any that lasted very long.

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    1. Sometimes it is changed annually, sometimes s bi-annually.

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  3. I enjoy the stove it seems to be part of the season for us, we haven't had a problem with the seals yet but a lesson learnt from you.

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    1. It surprised us as it looked like normal.

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