Sooner or later I'll find a small 4x4 fire truck like we used to use for brush fires when I was a volunteer with the NHCVFD back in the sixties. It will be in perfect condition and below $2,000.00. Maybe it will be found in a barn.
Last night my house did it's best to catch on fire. We heat with wood and the old furnace is in the basement. I was trying to get some heat out of some elm which I brought down there thinking it was oak, and I left the back damper closed and the front vent open to get the air flowing. Well it did. The flames were shooting out of the cap and the last couple of feet were red hot. I got the roof wet with the hose & cooled the pipe down until it went out. I was afraid it was going to melt and collapse on the house. Of course the wisest thing would have been to blow off an extinguisher into the pipe from the basement, but I was afraid to leave the hose. From now on I get it swept every year, not every three like the guy that installed the $3,500. SS chimney pipe said. Ill start today if I can find somebody.