Taming the beast

We have spent a lot of time and effort taming the Beast in the corner of the kitchen

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We have experimented with every combination of dials, levers and sliding dampers; we have purged its channels and changed its seals. We have mastered overnight banking.  At last we thought we had its behaviour under control.

Then this morning, as light revealed the snow-topped mountains.

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it sulked and scowled, spewing smoke from every crevice. We thought we would let it burn out and then investigate but as carbon monoxide alarms shrilled more insistently we resorted to two buckets of water in the firebox.

The autopsy showed a damper box completely blocked by tar lumps

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in spite of being cleaned out only two days ago – we wondered if lumps had fallen from the chimney lining.

By the end of the day, as the moon moved through the ash,

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all was cleaned out and the dragon breathed again

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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