I took back the 90 degree flue elbow for the stove pipe because it wouldn't permit the stove to be fitted to the chimney flue. I now have two 45 degree elbows and intend putting a straight piece of flue pipe between them so that there is enough reach from the chimney to where I want the stove to go. At least until this morning I did.
It dawned on me that there was no access to the chimney flue for inspection and cleaning. An hour's research on American websites of people who actually use stoves (and not European based websites that just want to sell me the things and never want to see me again after taking my money) tells me that I need a 135 degree tee. This will then permit one of my 45 degree elbows to direct the flue to the chimney whilst the bottom of the tee can be covered with a cap and opened to allow ash out and, inspection and cleaning.
I think another visit to the hardware store is required.
It's a big stove with a rating of 55,000 BTU. That should keep the downstairs warm in the winter. I spend two hours everyday collecting or processing wood for the shed. It maybe the summer but I would rather be collecting wood now than in the winter.
Later, I took the chainsaw down to the roadside where someone had given up on a tree and left it for me to scavenge over. Plenty of firewood still to be had. I like lazy people.
I've been inside the roof of the house also, insulating it for the winter to come. The upstairs had to be abandoned last winter. I was exhaling ice cubes in November and moved downstairs. Once the insulation is done and the wood burning stove is delivered for the downstairs then much of the heating will have been achieved cheaply and effectively.
Result - Lukewarm. I can see why thermo-syphons and evacuated tubes are used. Much more efficient at transferring heat to water.
I'll take a photo of my tubs with carrots growing in them, tomorrow. And here it is...
The blue tubs are halves of a 55-gallon plastic drum. My potatoes are growing to the left and right in the beds. I rummaged around and pulled a few potatoes out today for a stew.
I had a link to a chap who grew everything inside plastic containers but I've lost the link. Will get it back.
Just found this excellent website for all things bio-diesel at http://www.biodieselwarehouse.com/
I particularly like the bio-diesel lawn engine. Nice for an upgrade when the petrol one gives up. I wonder what other uses it might have. A generator perhaps? I bought an alternator on eBay for £1. It's been sitting on the shelf for six months.
Mind you, in a discussion elsewhere on the BBC's site there are a few sceptical views which I do agree with. Namely, that nature is very dynamic and that a hundred or so years of meteorological statistics is a drop in the ocean compared with the millions of years that have seen ice ages, droughts and many other phenomena.
Still, it's no excuse to disrespect nature by dumping your waste all over the place. Regardless of whether man is destroying the land upon which he lives, he is robbing everything from under it, and when it is gone that will require us to live either more frugally or in a radically new way.