Having a Soba (wood fired stove) for heating is great, it warms the room well and is very comforting.  Currently we are burning peach wood, it smells good, but so we are told burns faster than olive wood.  Our peach wood also contains insects which along with wood dust and chips get into the house, not really a problem but the area near the soba where we are keeping the daily wood supply gets pretty messy.  There is also a certain amount of ash that gets into the room, mostly when we are emptying the soba in the morning.  We have been managing fine with a broom, brush and dustpan.  Our neighbour has a vacuum cleaner and we suffered from vacuum envy every time she used it.  Being retired and having time on our hands does not mean we need to forsake work saving devices, so today we invested in a vacuum cleaner.   It’s not a Dyson.  We used to have a Dyson back in the UK, but this neat little LG number is bagless and has a cyclone.  It says so on the box.


6 responses to “Anty-cyclone

  1. Don’t believe everything you read on the box when it comes to electrical appliances in Turkey. In particular forget about the won’t be worth the paper it’s written on. Sorry..don’t mind me…I’m just going through a phase at the moment..everything electrical is dying on me! Fingers crossed for your vacuum though…I hope it lasts a lot longer than mine!

    • We bought from a local shop and we were looking at other things in there. Our hope is that the shopkeeper will wish to keep our custom (and have us say nice things to other people about him). He has some nice (if expensive) kitchenware. I never believe what is written on boxes and tend to take a somewhat fatalistic view of all electrical goods, but this machine breaks down into simple parts so you can wash them. I do confess that I miss my Dyson but it has gone to a good home with Ashley’s mother.

  2. Sobas are great – really effective. Unfortunately we can’t have one. Our landlords wouldn’t agree. But, they are messy!

    • I can understand your landlords not wanting huge holes made in the walls to allow the soba pipes to get out. Ours is messy and provides us with endless amusement – chopping wood, feeding the fire bucket, cleaning up after it, watching the smoke emerge from the chimney…

  3. Having grown up with wood stoves (3, to be exact) in New England, I can relate to the love of them – and to the mess of the ashes. Things also tend to get a sort of damp smoked smell in the summer sometimes, too, if you have a lot of upholstered furniture. Go for the vacuum – makes all the difference! And maybe you can freecycle the ashes for the garden if you need to acidify some soil?

    • This is my first experience with burning wood in a domestic situation. I did once live somewhere we had coal fires. Good idea about putting the ashes on the soil – we shall try that.

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