Last spring I was chatting with our chimney sweep about wood burners and he told me a story about one of his customers. It’s always worth listening to tales about customers as you probably know,
Anyhow, our sweep told me of an old chap, by which I assume he meant someone even older than I am, who loves his wood burner and every year the chimney sweep sweeps his chimney and installs a brand new wood burner...
Yes, every year the customer has a brand new Clearview wood burner because the old one is knackered. He runs the burner at such a high temperature that the flue pipe glows red, the glass cracks, the body of the wood burner becomes distorted. How the hell he does it I don’t know but he must get through a deal of wood and Clearview stoves are not cheap .
So not only is the wood burner knackered each year, but there are a few cracked glasses to replace too. Of course the sweep warns him about chimney fires and repeatedly suggests the obvious remedy but to no effect.
People are odd aren’t they? Once a habit sets it, that’s it.