For those of you awaiting with bated breath the outcome of the saga of our stove – and who are not hanging on my every tweet (and if not, why not?) – I bring you news. Previously on Town Mouse, we were waiting for our stove to arrive as promised definitely definitely on Monday and at 4pm it duly did and was unwrapped with a tinkle of glass and the sound of a builder saying ‘that doesn’t sound good.’ It turns out wrapping a pane of glass in a sheet of brown paper and putting it with some heavy metal things in a box that was definitely not marked ‘fragile’ isn’t that great an idea. But hey, the stove was fitted, the flue lined, the sitting room repainted and the stove worked fine as an open fireplace anyway so we went ahead with its official launch, Bigtown Council style, ignoring the fact that it wasn’t actually properly ready. And yesterday, the other half finally managed to pick up the glass and fit it and we had our stove.
After all that build up, the mere fact that it wasn’t all that cold yesterday wasn’t going to stop us from lighting the damn thing, so light it we did. Or rather I let the other half light it and get to grip with the annoyingly vague instructions while I made contradictory suggestions based on blind prejudice and ignorance. We then spent the rest of the evening adjusting the vents to find the perfect combination of flames and warm glow. So far the signs are that the woodburner fans are right and it’s the best thing since sliced bread. I can’t tell yet whether it’s truly going to keep the room warm, although you can certainly feel the heat coming off it from the sofa, which is more than you could ever say with the open fire. It’s economical with wood, getting through less than half what we’d normally burn in an evening. But mainly it’s just that it’s completely hypnotic to watch. I went to check something on it for a moment and found myself ten minutes later still staring at the dancing flames, unable quite to tear myself away.
Or at least, I hope it’s hypnotic. It may be time to get a carbon-monoxide monitor just to be sure we are feeling the effects of enchantment and not just the fumes.