Reality check - an old fashioned wood burning stove comes with serious old fashioned cleaning!
I have been having trouble getting the oven hot enough for anything other than very slow cooking. I knew the problem was exacerbated by the oven flue knob being stuck at half way and not being able to open a little flap to clean the soot off the side of the oven. I needed help but didn't know who. Google didn't help.
A friend in Queensland showed her wood stove on Facebook and one of her friends commented. That friend was from Mudgee (a nearby town to here) and he clearly knew lot about wood stoves. The upshot is that I made contact and he came to my rescue this week.