After the 24+ hours without electric in February when I got so cold my brain froze and another several hours without heat in April I decided I never wanted to be that cold again.
I've assured the neighbours that I don't intend to have a fire all the time - the oil boiler and the radiators are usually enough...........and without dust............... so hopefully won't cause them too many problems .
But for emergencies and extra cold evenings it will be handy to light a fire now and again.
No such thing as free wood now and wood prices follow other energy prices - sadly - but I've bought a big bag of kiln dried logs that came with free kindling wood so I'm ready for any winter power cuts or boiler breakdown.
I got the log basket from a car-boot sale last month for £5 because my log basket and all the fire tools were left at Clay Cottage - stupid woman! Haven't found a poker or small shovel yet but I'll keep looking.