The Franklin Stove in Winter
~ my hot water supply ~
and some examples of recycled "rubbish"

Hot water and Franklin slow combustion stove

Note the cosies I've made for the tea/coffee pot & the hot-pots in which I store water as it comes to the boil.
The vacuum flasks are insulated with discarded 3kg. coffee bags I found sticking out of a rubbish bin.
The red enamel coffee percolator, found in a jumble sale, doubles as an extra kettle -
the innards are on the bottom shelf of the stand,
which came from the hard rubbish, discarded trays replacing the missing glass shelving.
The heat guards were once the sides of an old gas stove.
The wood box, thrown out by the local, doubles as a seat. I fixed the padded seat
of a broken chair, that had been left on the street, to the lid, & covered it with a scarf.
The cauldron, discarded by a neighbour, & covered with a reversed large metal lid, keeps things warm,
or acts as a pre-heater, by being in contact with the side of the stove.
The pure wool rug I found in the hard rubbish collection long ago, & the wood basket more recently.
The WW2 firebucket is filled with earth, while the basket on top contains a bag of bicarb.soda, which, if required, will quickly extinguish a chimney fire.
A home-made fireblanket - an old pure wool blanket soaked in a strong solution of alum, then dried, is out of sight on the left.
The palm leaf mats protect the floor & the bases of empty saucepans & kettles from warping as they might do if placed straight on the cold tiles.
Old barbecue tongs place wood on the fire, handle hot coals & double as a poker.
The hearth stone I found in an abandoned garden
Wood ash is used to sweeten the compost, & the acid soil under thick leaf mould. It can also be sifted to use as a cleaner, & leached to make potash lye.

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