Ironically I picked the coldest windiest day in two weeks…

…to put the woodstove to bed for the season.


It’s just been too nice outside for anything but play – till today when I’m relatively stuck indoors and so it was time for a good cobweb hunting and floor vacuuming. Which sort of mushroomed into emptying the woodbox, cleaning out the stove and the ash bucket, vacuuming the inside of the firebox*, et cetera until completion.

That makes it officially Spring at the Secret Lair.


*Pro-tip, which I didn’t initially know: Your boxwood stove will either rot out its bottom or not, lasting essentially forever, depending entirely on whether you allow water that finds its way down the stovepipe to mingle with wet ashes and form corrosive alkaline nastiness. So don’t leave even a little ash in your firebox during the off-season.

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4 Responses to Ironically I picked the coldest windiest day in two weeks…

  1. Anonymous says:

    We also wipe the inside with vegetable oil after cleaning. Never any rust in 25 years.

  2. Mike says:

    That’s always the way with weather, isn’t it?

    The choice has always been to pay now in maintenance work, or pay later in aggravation and replacement costs. That whole “I’ll work on it when it needs it” mindset is BS.

  3. Paul B says:

    Maintence is good.

  4. Klaus says:

    Stove is still going here as i type….early May if im lucky to shut her down. Forty plus years of burning and this stove shows no signs of issues. Shout out to vintage Vermont castings.

To the stake with the heretic!