Next task, to install the wood burning stove. I’ve had it for ages and not been particularly concerned, it being a Godin, one of the most popular makes in france, about getting fittings to install it in my home. How wrong was I? Very. I spent most of Monday visiting a variety of fireplace and DIY stores on the way home, to no avail. I spent the evening beginning to prepare for the instillation and the following day started in the local scrap metal dealers. Metal plate was easy, bought by the kilo (50 centimes a kg) then back to the quest for chimney pipe. The stove is old and the new regulations have increased pipe sizes dramatically, no one has the appropriate bits and I go from shop to shop, waiting an eternity each time, it’s the first really cold day of autumn (everyone and his dog wants a fire installed and now) just to be told the same story. By chance an engineer in one shop decided to try and help those waiting, he told me to try the Godin showrooms out of town.
The Godin showroom, joy at last, the kind lady knew exactly what I wanted and corrected my measurements by a millimeter or two to be precise. The catalogue showed they were still made and she would order them with some other parts later in the week. Result, although patience will be needed as the delivery won’t arrive till later in the month. Good job I’ve got my thermals and I can sleep easy knowing that the problem can be solved. I shan’t make the hole in the wall just yet, but wait till I know all can be done at once. By now it was five in the evening, just time to drive home, catch my breath and pop to the neighbours for dinner.
|bricks to support the metal plate where the wood stove will stand with battens on the|
wall for the rock wool insulation panel
|metal plate in situ. (it has two more bricks underneath now to take the|
weight of the stove)
|first panel of wall insulation in place. It'll need a hole cutting through when I have exactly the|
right dimensions for the chimney pipe.
|second metal plate to deflect heat and protect the wood store from too much radiant heat|
|stove in position. |
Now all I need is the flue pipes and I can heat the chalet
Slightly groggy start to Wednesday but that soon went when I started digging. Tidied the weeds from the paths between the new vegetable beds then headed into Lannemezan, market day, to pick up provisions, made the most of the trip by gathering most of what I need for the water pipe work. It’s too risky leaving buying things till the last minute, plus it’s easier to mentally check that everything has been thought about once the bits begin to gather. Lunch with Pierre in a busy little bar by the market, everybody crowded inside protecting themselves from the wintery weather, noise and activity filling the tiny dining area.