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About gbclive

  • Birthday 02/06/55

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    Warlingham, Surrey.
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    Kelvin engines

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    Pyrford on the Wey over winter.

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  1. Thanks - that does make a lot of sense. But as the stove was drawing well over the last 3 winters, until very recently, I’m going to try and clean the flue robustly, and also remove the baffle plate. I’m hoping that the draw will then be improved. If it’s OK I’ll know to keep a close eye on it including the dodgy ledge and clean it very often. This will be much easier with no baffle plate to remove each time. If not I will bite the bullet and comply with one of your two suggestions.
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  3. More info: It appears that we have an unusual flue installation. For some reason the internal insulation with its lining has been cut away or discontinued from half way up. This has resulted in a distinct internal ledge half way up at the top the insulated section. The professional boat flue cleaner did not make any comment last year, but I remember him using a homemade chain flail attached to a cordless drill. 4 x sink plug chain attached to a wooden disk. I get the feeling that over many years, some brushing may have stopped at this lip - there is definitely a drastic increase in crud from the ledge or lip down to the throat within the more narrow insulated section. So why would the installer have done this and is the inner skin that retains the insulation normally robust enough to withstand drastic treatments such as chain flails or nails in a bit of 2” x 2” ? Of course it might not be an original Morso flue. Outside dimension is uniform at about 4.5”. Thanks, Clive.
  4. OK, thanks everyone - as always lots of helpful advise and information. I will definately clean the flue MUCH more regularly from now on! I’ve removed the deflector / baffle plate whilst cleaning, however I’m aware of the Morso advise not to have it fitted if the flue is less than 4.5m so pondering this. Would the draw be better or worse without it? No sign of a half moon plate - I can see a circular view of the grate when looking down. Todays plan is to buy a broom pole, and attach a sturdy wire brush to it, with a thin rope attached and kept tight from the throat to help get some lateral pressure. I’m also contemplating somehow rigging up a suitable hole cutter on a long shaft? I have a range of sizes. Also I might try burning some of the flue clear powder in the hope of softening the crud. I’ll report back
  5. Thanks - I’ll give the flue more frequent attention once I sort it out.
  6. Last year we had the flue swept professionally. This year, I bought a brush and rods to do it myself. So here’s the thing......... The 4” drain brush (all I could get today) only went about half way down, then stopped. On closer inspection, there appears to be a sudden reduction in the internal diameter, from about 4.3” at the top through the collar to perhaps 3 inches or even a tad less from about the mid point down to the stove. The top wider section was not too bad and is now fairly clean. However the lower narrow section is heavily incrusted and my 4” stiff brush won’t go down past the reduction and in any case, having attacked the 1st couple of inches from the bottom with a large screwdriver, I don’t think a brush will do much. So my first question is whether it’s possible that our flue is initially twin walled, changing to single wall for the top half? (The external surface of the flue is uniform from top to bottom) And secondly, I’d be very grateful for any suggestions on how best to proceed with the encrusted section. For info, we only burn smokeless fuel, but we don’t know what previous owners used. Thanks to this forum I understand the safety implications and have triple CO detectors as a last line of defence. Many thanks, Clive.
  7. Non slip tape for the gunnels

    +1 for this. Even a very respected and experienced marine engineering company got this totally wrong on our boat last year. They sanded just the middle strip. I had to explain to them that as soon as one stands on the gunwale facing the boat, it's the very outer edge that needs to be non slip. That is unless you stand like an extreme version of Charlie Chaplain with each foot rotated 90 degrees! Dont ask how I know this with absolute certainty Our mark 2 version extends the non slip surface out around the radiused edge slightly, but I have not bothered to have the smooth inboard inch sanded.
  8. Mooring in Bath

    Slight improvement now - the temporary metal fencing has been moved back so as to restore access and use of this whole stretch of 48 hour visitor moorings. However most of the 3 or 4 available ones today are at the noisier end towards the bridge.

    Not every hour - that would be daft! We have been moored up for the last 3 days heading north / south. Late evening tilted east for the next days morning light. Then level at mid day, then west to maximise the evening light (I know, I should get out more) Whilst the improvement is not huge, it's enough to motivate me to adjust the tilt if I'm at the boat. However I do accept that aesthetically flat is better. I'd suggest that the argument is not really about tilting but rather about actually having a reasonable solar setup paired with a reasonably efficient boat....... or not.
  10. Mooring in Bath

    OK - thanks for that ☹️
  11. Mooring in Bath

    Good point David, but they were on both sides. I do recall seeing a couple of no mooring signs, but that still seemed to leave the majority of the streatch with no signage. We marked the area down as a last option to stop overnight tomorrow on our return from Bristol, if unable to find anywhere better.
  12. Mooring in Bath

    Just a thought as we passed through a few days ago and noted that between bridges 200 and 204 just downstream of bath there is a very long streatch of chains attached to to the high walls with occasional vertical ladders for access. This is in a largely industrial area, but is within striking distance of the city, and was virtually bereft of boats. Perhaps sufficient gap between the various bridges to find somewhere reasonably quiet if OK with the ladders and lack lustre industrial location? There were also similar but occupied moorings just upstream of Widcombe Lock near the rail bridge and ideal for the city, but these would be noisy. Perhaps someone with local knowledge can comment?
  13. Assorted stainless steel washers at Lidl

    OK - still as shiny as a very shiny thing!
  14. Assorted stainless steel washers at Lidl

    The label says Stainless Steel. I've placed one in a cup of water - will report back
  15. Just picked up a useful box of 350 assorted stainless steel washers and spring washers at Lidl for £2.49 M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, M12. https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/Non-Food-Offers.htm?articleId=4338