If I were on Survivor, I would lose the fire-building challenge.

When we first moved into our house, there was an open fire. We replaced it with a wood burner that we found on TradeMe (NZ's eBay). It's not certified, but it's much more efficient. The smoke actually goes up the chimney. And it heats our open plan kitchen, lounge and office quite nicely.

I know, I know. The emissions. But wood fires are so very romantic.

Of course, there’s an art to building a good fire. Which I still haven’t quite mastered.

Chopping wood and splitting kindling? Isn't that what husbands are for?

1 comment:

William Knight said...

There's a prevalent class of Kiwi that likes to build fires, and let every body else know how to build fires too. Usually in a voice so loud it raises the flimsy tin roof by a few inches.

Regarding emissions, if you get your wood from a sustainable source (and I don't yet know how easy this is in NZ) you don't contribute to GW with burning.

You could even be helping. The soot gets suspended in the atmosphere and reflects sunlight, causing a Global Dimming effect.