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frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 16 6:57 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Oh I just remembered - the cellar (being ventilated) was connected to small roundels in front of the hearths on the ground floor. You could open these roundel vents up to get a good strong draw on a freshly lit fire.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 16 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That was a good idea Frewen. I remember not only a gas poker (gas point near the fire on purpose), but drawing up the fire with a newspaper held across the front to draw air through the bottom of the gap. That was a 1950s built house, and a coal fire was still expected.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 16 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I remember my dad doing that. In fact, I've done it myself.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 16 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

frewen wrote:
Oh I just remembered - the cellar (being ventilated) was connected to small roundels in front of the hearths on the ground floor. You could open these roundel vents up to get a good strong draw on a freshly lit fire.


that is new to me but what a smart idea

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