Well, this is not the case for me at Gamone. My installation of a large wood-burning stove has proven to be ideal. I hasten to point out that this success is based upon several additional factors:
• I’ve got into the habit of ordering a stock of high-quality firewood in summer.
• I store this firewood in a large and sturdy woodshed alongside my house.
• I’ve learnt the skill of lighting up the stove of an afternoon, using a tiny quantity of pine wood chips.
• Finally, the cold stove must be cleaned of ashes the following morning.
In my upper-floor bedroom, study and bathroom, electric radiators switch themselves on automatically when the temperature drops. The use of firewood as my principal fuel means that I would not be in danger in the case of an electricity blackout. And I’ve got a stock of candles. So, the general situation at Gamone is comfortable and reassuring. This is a must when you live on the edge of the French Alps.