Roaring fire and new coal scuttle

There’s nothing like a roaring fire when it’s bitterly cold outside.  Our multifuel stove in the dining room heats the core of the house.  We have an old stone house and you need to keep the centre warm in the winter.  We burn both wood and coal, well nuggets of Taybrite and Ecocoal to be specific.  Most of the wood comes from the trees in our woods which Neil cuts down in the Spring, then leaves to dry out, then cuts into small enough pieces for the stove.

The stove in the dining room

We have a couple of kettles on top of the stove, which boil water for cooking or tea etc.  We can also cook soup, or stews in a pan on the stove top, so if the electric goes out at least we have some means of cooking.

Recently our coal hod or scuttle has been rusting away, until a large hole appeared in the side and the coal was no longer staying inside.  So we needed to buy a new one.  We looked in our local hardware store and they were really quite expensive, so then I looked on Ebay.  I love Ebay, you can get so many things and you don’t have to go trapsing round shops, it gets delivered to your door.  How lazy is that?  Wonderful. I found a great new coal scuttle for half the price of the local store and it duly arrived today.  You can see the old and the new below………

old and new coal scuttles

So with our wood pile, our stack of coal, our new coal scuttle we are all set for the winter.

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  1. That stove fire looks wonderful. Our house is also stone and need to be kept warm. We’re expecting the chimney-sweep on Wednesday and can then start our wood fires for this winter. I look forward to that! 🙂

    • We had the chimney sweep in last month to do both stoves/flues. He was really busy and we had to book a month in advance, but it is best to get it done and be safe .

  2. Damaris said

    What a wonderful looking fire. It makes me warm just to look at it.

    I remember a scuttle like that from my childhood. We called it ‘the hod’ and it was one of our jobs as children to fill it with coke for the kitchen boiler using a shovel. Then we would stagger in with it and a grown-up would tip it into the hatch at the top of the boiler.

  3. Kamil said

    Your stove is a boiler stove? It can offer you heat, at the same time, also can offer you hot water. I also wanted buy a boiler stove before, but I got a cast iron multi-fuel stove. I think your stove has been used for many years, although it looks old, but beautiful, it must become the part of your house.

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