Sunday, 13 April 2014

Chaudière.



I'd managed to break the back off one of my set of four metal garden chairs, so, not having a welding kit of my own, I've been obliged to visit the local man 'wot fixes stuff'.

His yard is a treasure chest of old machines, weird bits of rusting metal, and plain old rubbish; think Fred Dibnah's back garden!

Amongst other delights was this magnificent rusting Grandpa Potts style chaudière (furnace/boiler?).

It was standing there out in the open, looking as if it still performs some purpose, but goodness knows what! I just had to take its photo.


I tried to imagine it sand-blasted, polished, and installed up at our old tobacco drying barn. It would have made the most wonderful heating system; and would certainly have been a fantastic 'conversation piece'.

I asked him if he actually used it; unfortunately he did. Pity!


18 comments:

  1. I could spend an hour or so in a place like that.

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    1. The outside of his 'workshop' is good, but the inside is amazing.

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  2. How on earth did you manage to break the back off one of your chairs? And what is it about men and junk?

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    1. 1. By leaning too far back. 2. To men it's NOT junk; it's engineering history (etc).

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  3. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Spent an afternoon last week walking round such a place. So sad to see all those dead tractors and combined harvesters.

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  4. Think! If you bring home too much rusty stuff in the next six weeks Lady Magnon might be cross when she gets home. Very cross!

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    1. If she was here, I wouldn't be able to do it.

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  5. Lady M can't leave you for five minutes before you're breaking up the patio furniture and planning to install an industrial incinerator in her parlour!

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    1. I'm just hoping she doesn't read this!

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  6. That's some piece of kit. My husband would get boiler-envy if he saw that.
    Gill

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  7. It's a wood-burner, isn't it? I have a mate who makes them from old propane bottles. The first cut into the 'empty' cylinder is always fraught with nervous tension. All those sparks...

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    1. It seemed to have lots of bits-n-pieces on the sides, so I imagine that it once heated water. The fire-box door is very basic.

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  8. I looked at it and thought it would make an excellent hot smoker. Just get the man that does to grind out a door in the top half and weld some hinges on and you are away.

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    1. I need a Cold Smoker.... I really must work on it.

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  9. Around here things like this disappear in the night ......

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    1. Are you trying to suggest something? I don't think I'm strong enough!

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  10. Looks to me like something one would use as an incinerator ... can you imagine if it mated with the older washing machine on my site that you visioned as a robot?!

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