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Monday, 22 September 2008

(I love my) Scaldabagno a legna

Fourteen degrees at 8am. Sunny. Clear skies. Always that breeze.


We're now solidly into using our beloved scaldabagno a legna (wood-burning water heater) for the bathtub - in summer we used only the shower. The heater is that long, skinny thing in the cupboard there...

Here are the statistics : less than five kilos of wood, burning for a little under an hour produces 100 litres of bathwater at 80 degrees C. That's bubbles up to your neck and a bit extra for a quick scrub of the kids.

And, as if you hadn't noticed, we're surrounded by woodland offering rubinia, chestnut and oak costing not much more than the sweat of your brow and a certain amount of wood-chopping skill to turn into the pretty little wood pile you see to the left.

Oh, and the water costs about a cent.

No destruction of countryside or 1,000-year-old historic-village streets to lay a pipeline, no fixed monthly cost to pay, no being held to ransom by Russian suppliers of gas.

No contest.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Louise,
I like the bit about the gas suppliers and their ability to turn their pipelines off when it suits them. The Russians will do just that when we don't agree with them. A new found power in the world that they can blackmail us with.

Louise said...

Have I started repeating myself? L

lisa | renovating italy said...

Yes Louise this looks like ours and I usually go for a short walk to get some wood and it stays hot for ages x
Now if I can just convince the kids to have more frequent showers lol xxx

Monday, 22 September 2008

(I love my) Scaldabagno a legna

Fourteen degrees at 8am. Sunny. Clear skies. Always that breeze.


We're now solidly into using our beloved scaldabagno a legna (wood-burning water heater) for the bathtub - in summer we used only the shower. The heater is that long, skinny thing in the cupboard there...

Here are the statistics : less than five kilos of wood, burning for a little under an hour produces 100 litres of bathwater at 80 degrees C. That's bubbles up to your neck and a bit extra for a quick scrub of the kids.

And, as if you hadn't noticed, we're surrounded by woodland offering rubinia, chestnut and oak costing not much more than the sweat of your brow and a certain amount of wood-chopping skill to turn into the pretty little wood pile you see to the left.

Oh, and the water costs about a cent.

No destruction of countryside or 1,000-year-old historic-village streets to lay a pipeline, no fixed monthly cost to pay, no being held to ransom by Russian suppliers of gas.

No contest.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Louise,
I like the bit about the gas suppliers and their ability to turn their pipelines off when it suits them. The Russians will do just that when we don't agree with them. A new found power in the world that they can blackmail us with.

Louise said...

Have I started repeating myself? L

lisa | renovating italy said...

Yes Louise this looks like ours and I usually go for a short walk to get some wood and it stays hot for ages x
Now if I can just convince the kids to have more frequent showers lol xxx