There must be thousands of people across the country who have experienced additional costs this year as a result of our recent atrocious weather and extended winter. We have now joined the ranks.
At the end of October last year we had to leave the boat in a bit of a hurry because I was taken ill there, and that resulted in a short hospital stay. When we returned here recently, everything seemed fine. KL is a very dry boat and has no condensation problems. However, after four previous trouble free winters, this year our Morso Squirrel multi fuel stove has suffered several areas of damage due to corrosion as a result of the constant damp weather. The flue collar has cracked, the bolt holding the left fire grate bracket has rotted off, the fire door no longer closes properly, and various other problems including the main casings no longer fitting together properly due to corrosion. After taking advice from our local stove supplier, Kings Lock Chandlery, we have decided that replacement will be the most cost effective way forward. In future, their advice is also to seal off and insulate the flue from the weather, underneath any flue cap used, and even place a container of moisture absorbing granules within the stove itself, when the boat is left for long periods, such as a winter lay up. The new stove goes in next week.