We drove our covered wagon along the river toward the east. Even if we were on a run, there was no reason for us to be hasty. There was nothing standing in our way. I was even thinking that it’d be fine for us to keep on going to the national border just like this and escape to the neighboring country.
Anyway for the time being, I felt like it’d be better if we slept outdoors as much as possible and kept on moving periodically and repeated that cycle while standing guard for any movement from Heinrich’s side. After all, we might get caught at the national border’s inspection if we tried to go to the neighboring country..
As we were moving along the river, there were settlements scattered here and there. It wasn’t big enough to be called a village since there were only several houses there. Both people and animals were attracted to the source of water after all.
At night, while I was making a fire for the bonfire when we camped outside, an idea occurred to me.
Is it possible to make a fire inside the covered wagon?
That was the main idea. The only problem with making a fire inside the covered wagon was that there was no pathway to let the smoke out. Then if that was the case, wouldn’t it be fine if I just made some sort of chimney hole for the tent part?
Though it felt good when Yurina-san and I pressed against each other for warmth, the inside of the covered wagon was definitely not warm enough for us. I really couldn’t say our current living conditions were good enough. It’d be extremely bad if Yurina-san were to catch a cold since we couldn’t afford to see a doctor for the time being.
In conclusion, I decided to install a simple wood stove inside my covered wagon. The image I had in mind was similar to the kind of stove you used inside a tent when you camp outdoors. I was able to make a bath from iron. I think I should be able to make a chimney tent then.
However, ‘Project: Installing a Stove in the Wagon’ suddenly came to a halt.
………..I don’t have a furnace.
I had brought coal, inferior iron ingots, hammer and other blacksmithing tools but without a furnace to heat the metal, there was nothing I could do with it.
Just when I was wondering what I should do, the problem I had in hand suddenly got resolved just like that.
I was walking along the river the day after I thought of installing a stove in the wagon when I saw smoke, the kind of smoke that was produced as the aftermath of blacksmithing with coal from the nearby settlement.
In other words, there was a blacksmithing workshop in that settlement. Although I should stay as conspicuous as possible, I judged that obtaining a stove to warm ourselves during the winter inside the wagon and improving the quality of life outdoors for our journey to come was essential.
And so, upon seeing the shadow of the figure of the people from the settlement, I waved my hand to the left and right at them grandiosely.
T/N: Upon googling, it turns out having a stove with a chimney peeking out from the hood is a thing in the past. MC and Yurina-san just need to be careful so they won’t burn anything in the wagon.