Friday, March 20, 2009
why you should use a fireproof ash container ; )
We all know the wood-burning safety rules, like always removing ashes in a metal container. (I didn't actually remove any tonight.) I try to alternate between the kitchen and the living room stove, and tonight (just before sunset--solar heat adequate on this nice sunny day) I went to start a fire in the living room. The last time I had one in there, this enormous knotty chunk of oak refused to do anything but smoulder, and when I got up the next morning a lot of it was still there, but the stove felt cold. Tonight I thought "That stubborn piece burned down more than I thought" and then I reached in to rearrange it as a base for another log and felt warmth. More than a day and a half after the stove felt cold, the wood was still warm to the touch, though not hot. It wasn't burning enough that I could have started another fire without a match, but it amazed me nevertheless.