Okay, so the last ten bags of firewood purchased from PnP were wet. Not just damp, I mean monsoon, waterlogged, swamp stuff. You could use the stuff to fireproof a boiler-room. There I was, a-huffin and a-puffin, trying to blow that fire to life. Nearly blew myself to death in the process.
So, plan B. Purchased a bag of Anthacite, at, you guessed it, PnP. Stuck a chunk on the gas stove, I’d heard before this stuff is tough to light. Got it glowing, removed it from the gas flame. Out it went. Hmmm. Time to Google. Dude on the net raving about it – when the indoor temp drops below 0F (that’s minus 18, for those of us on the 18th meridian, 30 degrees south) – and he can’t keep on burning the solid furniture – that’s when he turns to anthracite, dug fresh out of the snow outside.
So I pile up some of the black gold in the hearth, pile on dry hard-wood, add firelighters. Finally coax the wood to burn. Spend two hours figuring out WordPress – what the hell is this thing about some widgets only working on optional frontpages – why can’t they just work on all pages, if I so ordain it ?
Wood burns down, anthracite keeps glowing steadiy. Sort of cosy glow. Is it going out? Give it a couple of breaths, chest compressions. We may, for the time being, be onto something here.