with the fireplace, so far, as I sit here enjoying the flames. I had a gas line constructed so I could use the gas logs in the fireplace. I bought the logs second hand and didn’t see them work so it was a gamble as to whether they would work or not. I had to rearrange the logs several time to get a pleasing view of the flames. I still need to get the base material to cover the bottom interior of the fireplace, that will be done when I by the material in the “Old Country”.
This evening is a quiet time at home enjoying my PBS programs and playing on the ‘puter. It helps to have little tarts and hot tea after a few glasses of wine and a light supper.
We had a cold spell a while back and got to use the fireplace. This experience was disappointing as the fireplace smokes I think the flue is the problem as the masons put a cap on the chimney and that interferes with the flue drawing well. Besides that problem the wood available here is mesquite and this variety stinks when it is burning and the ashes stink long after the fire goes out making the house, at least for me, not so nice. I also have a neighbor who has a palapa very close to my house and that structure has a roof made of palm fonds and they are very dry and I am concerned that a spark from my fireplace will set their palapa on fire. Considering these problems I have decided to convert my fireplace to gas. Gas is readily available and I have an LP tank already so I contracted for a gas line to be put in. I found another neighbor that was selling his gas logs and got them at a good price. When all this gets put together I hope that the problems will be solved and I will have some heat from the fireplace as well as a safe and nice flame to view.
Beach at dawn
Beach at dawn with the moon still up
Trench for the gas line on the side of the house
Mr. Pacheco assembling the gas line
Don Quixote guarding the front door he a gift from my friend Irene
Hole for the gas pipe to the fireplace
Gas line trenching at the back of the house
Where the tee goes for a gas heater line later
The weather here has been cold for us (40’s F), we aren’t used to very cold weather and now and then we get a cold snap in winter and it is uncomfortable. To add to my discomfort my portable gas heater is not working and the new fireplace smokes when the doors and windows are closed. When I open one then the smoke goes up the chimney okay, but that kind of defeats the purpose of keeping the room warm.
I have another portable gas heat a Mister Heater that is supposed to be used for camping. I used it as supplemental heat in my RV. The drawback with it is that it uses 1 lb. canisters and they don’t last long and I don’t have many. I have sent for a hose to attach the Mr. Heater to a 20 lb. tank. It may be here next week. I also bought some gas logs for the fireplace. The reason I’m switching to gas logs is two-fold, the first is they won’t smoke and the second is they won’t stink. The wood I am burning has a bad smell to it as it burns and even the ashes have a bad smell. When I burn this wood in the fire pit there is no problem with the smell because it is outside of the house. When burned inside the house it has an annoying odor and I have to clean up the ashes. It will take a while to get the gas line from my LP tank to the fireplace by then it maybe a lot warmer and I won’t need it. We still could get another cold snap, one just never knows about these things. I got a deal on the gas logs some folks were moving back to the states and wanted to sell theirs and the price was right.
I went to dinner at our Cantina tonight here in Pete’s camp and the Cantina was doing a very good business, seems lots of folks wanted to eat out tonight. Very pleasant company too. I am home now and I have my electric heater buzzing away keeping my feet warm 🙂 I won’t be smiling when I get the electric bill I bet!