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  1. 1 minute ago, matty40s said:

    Flat tape is normal, for some reason, most back plate fails Ive seen seem to have been done with rope, perhaps because it holds more moisture when fire is not lit and leads to quicker rusting.

    Thanks for that....mine hadn't actually failed...but it had blown out slightly at the bottom due to rust so Ive changed it before something broke when I needed the fire! I managed to get one retaining bolt out but had to cut the other one with a disc on a dremel but it did then come out easily which was a relief!


    I will source some of the window glass tape.

  2. Im just in the process of fitting a new blanking plate to the back of my Squirrel 1410 and wondering if anyone knows what type & size of rope seal is used? 


    The joints look to be flat without a groove that you might find for a round type rope so Im wondering if the flat tape as used for the door glass might be better? There doesn't seem to be a seal shown on any of the parts diagrams but there is evidence of old rope around the existing plate which I dont think Ive touched since the stove was fitted many years ago.


    What have others used?



  3. Should say that if the pontoons are full then the dock walls are ok to moor alongside too for the most part…just a bit high in places. 

    Also highly recommend “On Toast” for possibly the best toasties in the world. Just on the right hand side of the dock as you come out the lock….and Nielsens yard is always worth a nosey round to see what’s in the dry docks. 

  4. You would be incredibly unlucky to find nowhere to moor in the basin or just thro Llantony bridge….there are a few odd moorings on the Severn by pubs. Just check it’s not going to be a spring tide etc as if so it’s best to tie up and let it go rather than fight the flow and rubbish etc. 

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  5. 8 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

    That normally indicates wood burning only on the floor of the stove

    Nope the model I’m looking at has a grate & ashpan just not an external riddler

    24 minutes ago, F328GTS said:

    Ours are both multifuel so we burn everything, but usually wood.  Not all versions are multi though

    I’m looking at the multifuel versions…want to have all the options 

  6. 4 minutes ago, F328GTS said:

    We have 2, a woody multi fuel in our house (currently taking some of the dampness away with this great bank holiday weather) and a hungry penguin on our narrowboat. I couldn't honestly say if one metal box to contain fire is better than any other one but in the case of the 2 we have, they work really well, we haven't had any problems, seem well made and they are local(ish). Cooking in the upper oven on the boat is a nice benefit and they seem easily controllable (both sizes). I'd recommend.

    That’s reassuring to know! We can only fit the short one in the house but I did like the oven version. 

    Do you burn wood or solid fuel on them…I’m hoping to burn mainly wood but I did notice they lack the external riddler that a squirrel has for solid fuel. They do seem a nice solidly built stove…and I’m glad to hear you find them controllable. 

    Many thanks for the information. 

  7. Sorry for a slightly non boat question but it is related as I think these stoves have been fitted on boats


    We are now at the stage to look in earnest for a new stove for the cottage.


    As there seems to be a possibility that we might become a clean air zone at some point sadly it looks like refurbing the existing squirrel might not be the best idea......looked at a Short Chilli Penguin in a showroom and it looks like its going to fit the tiny hearth we have and seems pretty well built....Just wondering if anyone has one on a boat and what they think of them? I am a little wary of it being steel rather than cast iron but think that might be my old fashioned idea...I guess it wont move and warp...Id also would have liked separate ash & fire doors but these seem few and far between now....and they do have a 10 year warranty which seems pretty good.



  8. 24 minutes ago, beerbeerbeerbeerbeer said:

    I can’t say how frequent it happens but I have heard from one boater who had paid to go Paddington Basin how they had to turf someone out of their spot,

     it’s most likely pretty common or standard practise to squat them without paying while not being used,

    the eco moorings I passed all seemed to be occupied,

    looking on line would tell me if they were booked or no,



    Thus proving those in london have no respect for others…I’d also rather not tie up to a boat of unknown pedigree….both the boat and occupier. 

  9. 20 minutes ago, Captain Pegg said:

    Which you do because you want security, don’t wish to move every 14 days and can afford the fee.


    The kind of boater folks get upset about has little security, has to move (and the majority do), and is probably on a boat because they can’t afford to live on land.


    And for their trouble they get vilified.


    There are a whole load of issues here that I think we’d all like to see some better solutions to, but the way in which the chief protagonists here argue it should be done is pretty unsavoury.

     But the twirlers say it’s all about the “lifestyle” not the freeloading……

  10. 1 minute ago, Peanut said:

    Well, yes 1000 moorings at £10,000 pa would raise ten million, which would help, but where would everyone else moor?  Or would it just move the problem further out.

    There are bookable moorings to allow visiting boats a hopefully guaranteed spot…maybe a few more of those would help

  11. 4 minutes ago, beerbeerbeerbeerbeer said:

    if it were an option I think there’d be plenty of takers,


    I doubt it. They won’t even pay a bit extra for a licence and now object to the bookable moorings which may give others a chance of actually being able to moor in london!!

  12. 5 minutes ago, beerbeerbeerbeerbeer said:

    Well yeah, seems simple,

    but what if there’s no residential moorings available?



    How about they pay say £8-10k for a towpath mooring in london. CRT get the cash they need. They get a mooring. After all they are all for the love of the cut…not trying to have others subside their lifestyle or anything 

  13. 2 minutes ago, beerbeerbeerbeerbeer said:

    go on their website and find out,

    but I’d hazard a guess they oppose a surcharge for those without a home mooring,

    and they have always said they don’t want the license to rise more than inflation,

    it’s all pretty simple,

    and surprisingly they have always accepted the 14 day rule, 

    …but have raised objections to it too for particular reasons,

    having kids in school on the K&A is an obvious one,

    the BIG argument has long been about the distance to travel, place to place or whatever,

    a distance that CRT can’t really put a number on, for whatever reason, 


    So if you have kids in school you need a permanent mooring…it’s really quite simple. The Baton twirlers seem to think the world owes them. 

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  14. 7 minutes ago, beerbeerbeerbeerbeer said:

    ..such a shame you’re busy,

    you could have stamped your little feet and waved your little fists and spluttered with spittle,

    …damn shame,

    I could ask why they felt so self entitled….id be interested to hear their reasons….

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