One of our plans was to replace the old Aga in the kitchen with a Rayburn.
When the guys came to uninstall it they found that the flue was almost completely blocked. As the top and any removable bits were taken off it became obvious that every nook and cranny of the thing was packed with ash.
This Aga had been lit when we viewed the property in April.
With a lot of huffing and puffing and colourful language the guys managed to get the Aga to the back door before it collapsed completely.
Having seen the state of it we are even more determined to keep our Rayburn in tip top condition and, most importantly, this includes having the chimney swept regularly and having it serviced regularly.
On the day of collection and delivery it was, typically, raining. Hats off to the delivery men who did a sterling job.
We chose the 355SFW for our central heating, hot water and cooking. Our heads were very nearly turned by the British Racing Green but we decided to stick with the traditional cream and we are delighted with it.
It has been fired up to make sure that everything is working properly but for the time being it is off.
Boo! I am itching to play with it.
In the meantime our hot water is provided by an immersion heater in the hot water cylinder and our cooking is done on an electric cooker.
I was quite surprised when the cylinder arrived; it looks nothing like the cylinder that we had in our airing cupboard when I was a child, and it doesn't need a big jacket to keep it warm. Some things don't change though and we still have to remember to "turn the immersion off!"