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.
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