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Preparing for Winter V

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  • smeeth
    smeeth Posts: 578 Forumite
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    Thank you for the new thread Zippychick much appreciated! :beer:
    Eenymeeny wrote: »
    Can I just pass on a little tip to users of microwave heatbags? I find that sometimes they can be quite damp when heated up. Keeping them hanging over a radiator means they are alway dry and ready for use.
    I would just say that you do need to be careful with this, if they dry out too much then they can become a fire hazard in the microwave.
    So getting damp might be annoying but it's also safer.
    Me? well I'm going to Berlin just before Christmas because I KNOW they'll have snow, lots of wonderful dry powdery snow that you can stay upright on if you have the right boots, and I do, and temperatures of -20 and below and white lights and bratwurst and gluhwein and if we DO get snow here? well hopefully all of us who have seen the sense in being prepared will be ready won't we?
    Very jealous of you MrsL.. I adore Berlin at all times of year, but none more so than at Christmas. Spare a thought for those of us who wish we were going with you. ;)
    I must say that in this weather one of the most simple pleasures is a nice hot water bottle. I deliberately let my feet get cold in the 10 minutes before I go to bed JUST so it feels extra nice. I hope I'm not the only one that does this :o
    definitely not alone! :beer:
    Passing on a message.
    The news today about that poor young cricketer dying from a fluke accident .....we should all count our blessings and make the most of each moment, as none of us knows for certain what lies ahead.

    A very true, sobering message Nargleblast.. such sad news, really feel for his family & the bowler.

    I'm dreading this winter. Not so much because of weather but because I've became a carer for my papa after he had a stroke. Money is so incredibly tight, and he's cold now so not sure how we'll manage when it gets colder. :(
    Anchor yourself to the foundations of everything you love.

    Thank you to all those who post competitions!:beer:
  • Nargleblast
    Nargleblast Posts: 10,762 Forumite
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    Insulation, smeeth - thick curtains, draught excluders. Lots of layers of warm clothing. Hot drinks and warming stews etc. When the light fades draw curtains shut to keep heat in. There are so.many things you can do to.keep warm. Does he get the Winter Fuel payment?
    One life - your life - live it!
  • fuddle
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    I am saddened that kittie wont be posting about potential weather to come and actually really cross to have lost that valuable resource in terms of preparing for eventualities. I have had heads up on many an occasion, not least the south coast storms last year when we had to travel down to house hunt. Not only was I prepared thanks to kittie but I was knowledgeable about what was to come. Had I relied on BBC weather I would not have been prepared and would have had to deal with anxiety on top of an already stressful time.

    It's tiresome that the desire to debate seem to ruin resources for the greater good.

    Anyway. I am thrilled tonight as DH has got an offcut of carpet that covers 70% of the kitchen. Not ideal, certainly not pretty but it will be down all winter ;) I love this thread. It's ok to clag bubble wrap on every oriface and stick tinfoil on yer wall. ;)
  • [Deleted User]
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    CH27 wrote: »
    You are in danger of cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    I don`t understand what you mean

    My posts about forward weather caused upset on the board, so I have taken away the cause of the upset and will not be risking divisiveness again. I definitely don`t want to spoil the helpfulness found on this thread

    My nose is not cut off and I still share lots on mse but forward weather will be shared privately. I am sure you must be able to see why. I do think that is enough about this topic tbh. It is done and dusted as far as I am concerned and time to move on
  • Mojoworking
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    [QUOTE=kittie;67090195

    Stove cleaning today and decided to use spray on a sponge, carefully, to start to remove built up tar. It is making an amazing difference, I have been back and forth to the sink umpteen times and did 2 hours today. Will do more in a few days as only half done. It will make the stove much more efficient at heating the water. The spray softens the tar and then I used loads of wrung out cloth as water does the rest. Stove now fired up and no smell or anything so am v happy if tired[/QUOTE]

    Hi kittie. Sorry to be a nuisance but this has confused me. Is this a wood burner stove. I had one fitted last month and love it but I'm confused as to where to look for tar build up. Mine is just in front room and doesn't heat water - I guess I'm asking if I need to look out for something? and if yes where abouts am I looking?. Also where does the tar come from? Sorry again I'm just not understanding. I hope I've made sense. Thanks in advance mojo x ps vote for continuing weather updates I did follow the links to pc site but I didn't understand it.
  • [Deleted User]
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    mojo, I don`t know about cleaning a wood burning stove, someone else may know. Mine is a pellet stove 112 cm high and runs the ch and hot water. It has an integral tank and the heat to the tank goes through the wall around the burner. Tar or creosote come from burning the pellets and it condenses on the walls around the burner, it eventually forms quite a thick shiny layer which retards heat exchange to the water. I should think a wood burner without water would not need the cleaning that I have done. The tar build up that might happen in a wood burner would, I believe, come from running it at too cool a temperature. I gave the door surround a very thorough go too, I got a huge amount of tar off, wasn`t noticed as it was black anyway and was all around the inside around the glass

    We never noticed tar build up when we had an anthracite burner in the long distant past but the pellet stove burns much cooler

    I am very happy with the cleaning so far, although I was apprehensive. The stove has just fired up again and all seems good with not even a whiff of a creosote smell. Re smoke smells from stoves, I have been reading about that as we were getting a whiff now and then. The offending joint has been re-sealed and that seems to have stopped the problem. Downdraughts can also be a problem as can lack of ventilation and a cold flue, all leading to smoke smell. I dislike the smell as the smoke contains lots of micro pollutants, only removed by a carbon filter, which I have in an airvax as dh needs his lungs protecting as much as possible
  • LadyDee
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    edited 28 November 2014 at 7:45AM
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    I think it's such a shame that a new thread has been started - all those very valuable tips and useful information that will probably not be read by a lot of new people who might assume it is a waste of time to go back over an 'old' thread.

    Also, people won't get updates because they will not have this new thread set up for email notification of new posts.
  • LadyDee
    LadyDee Posts: 4,293 Forumite
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    Radflek Insulating Kit is due to go on sale on Amazon at 3.20 p.m. in their Black Friday event.

    Usually quite expensive, but I did my radiators with it and I'm sure that it's been money well spent.
  • [Deleted User]
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    I just made an order using a 40% off code SECRETSALE (just sent to me)

    They have winter blends such as sinus, joints and Mar they have kelp. I rate them (napiers) very highly and get lots from them

    https://napiers.net/
  • Frugal_Dreamer
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    fuddle wrote: »
    I am saddened that kittie wont be posting about potential weather to come and actually really cross to have lost that valuable resource in terms of preparing for eventualities. I have had heads up on many an occasion, not least the south coast storms last year when we had to travel down to house hunt. Not only was I prepared thanks to kittie but I was knowledgeable about what was to come. Had I relied on BBC weather I would not have been prepared and would have had to deal with anxiety on top of an already stressful time.

    It's tiresome that the desire to debate seem to ruin resources for the greater good.


    If you believe in the long term weather stuff, why not subscribe yourself, rather than expecting kittie to?
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