Hi all, just another use for gas bottles. A friend of mine cut a
door into his old rejected gas cylinder and cut a hole in the top at
the back, put in a chimney and made a fireplace out of it, lined the
bottom with fire bricks.
It throws out a huge amount of heat and uses very little wood, which
is mostly off cuts as he is a carpenter, opal miner.
This fireplace went into his man shed.
Just an update on the opal production in Lightning Ridge, things are
very quiet on the fields so hope this years Tucson show is good to
the opal sellers, this may encourage production.
There is plenty of opal in the miners safes but its going to stay
there till the prices come up, miners are just sitting on it and only
selling medium to low grade,just enough to get by.
The market for high end is very slow especially for larger stones,
small top grade blacks are still selling but that is only a small
portion of production, the miners need to sell all the opal that they
dig or its not viable to mine as the costs are rising all the time.
Here’s hoping Tucson puts some dollars in everyone’s pockets and
smiles on the dealers faces.
Christine Roussel in the Ridge wishing I was in Tucson.