|Correze in the winter|
|I'm not going indoors - it's way too cold!|
Thursday 15th February was the day that we had been waiting for since before Christmas - the wood burner was arriving. Because of the previous week's bad weather I had been expecting a call to say that installation had been delayed but at 9.30 on the dot they arrived. Andrew had to do a quick dash to Gamm Vert to get some salt as the drive was too icy for the van to get down. I have to give praise to Sam and his team at the Invicta shop in Brive la Gaillarde. From the beginning they have been courteous, punctual and have excellent customer service. Sam speaks English which has helped us as well. We have another one, possibly two, more stoves to install and we will certainly be going back there.
The two guys cleaned up the fireplace, put a great wedge of insulation in, making sure that all the edges were sealed and then put fireproof plasterboard on top. We had seen many installations where the chimney hat had been broken but they were very careful. They even got tape measures out to make sure that the stove was exactly in the centre of the hearth. We have a traditional fireplace which is quite large at almost three metres wide, but went for the Fifty Arche design which is quite contemporary.We wanted it to make a real design statement and think it works really well. We then got instructions on how to use it and what dire consequences would befall us if we put anything else other than logs on it.
Since then it has been bliss in the house. The new stove, coupled with the 400 mm of insulation that I'd put in the attic, has made such a difference. Not only is it much warmer (we had friends round yesterday evening and we reached 24 degrees) but we can light the stove and leave it going, something we couldn't do with the open fire.
|Our new Fifty Arche Invicta stove|