Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Friday, 15 November 2013

It Looks Like Winter's Here

At the boat again for the first time in three weeks because of one thing or another, such as car servicing and visiting friends. The really cold weather forecasted for next week hasn't yet arrived, but the interior is certainly much cooler than we remember it as we left in October.
The routine as we arrived was to turn the central heating on with the push button to air it, and heat the domestic water, while preparing the brand new Morso Squirrel stove, we had installed in the Spring, for it's first lighting. We had to replace the stove after last Winter's snow melt had managed to find its way down the flue, lying in and on the stove causing terminal damage due to corrosion during the layup. We also have a new flue and stainless steel chimney to replace the black enamelled tin one which had also seen better days.
For its first use we have decided to use seasoned hardwood logs, obtained on offer from Bridgemere Garden Centre while they were on offer, making them cheaper than coal. However, at the moment, they seem to be burning away much faster.

As per the stove instructions we kept the heat low to gently burn it in, but the new paint still caused the interior smoke alarms to activate occasionally during the afternoon. It appears to have settled down now though, and we are tucked up cosy for the cold evening ahead.

We have now replaced both the Squirrel stove and the central heating boiler during the time of our ownership. All aspects of practicality and cost were researched before the decisions were made, and I wrote about it here:
A brand new Morso Squirrel stove.

The initial problems with the Alde boiler leak.

Deciding on a diesel boat heater.

Living with the Webasto central heating.

If you would like to learn more about the costs of narrowboat ownership, and in particular someone else's decision making process when considering a new heating system, then look here:

Living On A Narrowboat, Loving Life Afloat, by Paul Smith.

1 comment:

  1. Burning seasoned hardwood logs also appears to produce much more tar residue than the coal did. I spent an hour or so this morning cleaning everything off before we left it again.


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