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If you knew then what you know now, what would you change about the first stove you ever bought? Larger heat output, bigger stove, different type, spent more, etc?

 

Interested to hear your comments.

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On 05/09/2019 at 06:58, BowlandStoves said:

If you knew then what you know now, what would you change about the first stove you ever bought? Larger heat output, bigger stove, different type, spent more, etc?

 

Interested to hear your comments.

 Nothing, just wish Id bought one years earlier.

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Bought one earlier, bought a bigger chainsaw quicker, read Norwegian wood earlier, found here and arboristsite earlier,.... Mainly the bigger saw.

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Better than Norwegian Wood is Vincent Thurkettles book, The Wildfire Handbook.
My first stove was Clearview 500 - loved it and bought another when I moved house. I've just installed another stove which is a Contura. It's expensive and not as good as the Clearview but I'm still very happy with it.

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Bought an Saye scope. Very good figures on paper. It is a cast stove with no internal insulation and I doubt it can get close to its claimed figures as it was hard to make it run hot and clean. I fitted some insulation and it works a fair bit better but not as well as other stoves I have used. In hindsight would have gone for a smaller stove but at the time there were few options on stoves with a closed combustion. Small stove working hard is the way to go IMO

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I think the biggest mistake I made , around the time I bought my stove , was to put 2 big saws in the back of the chipper  ( 385 and 394 ) , stop for a couple of doughnuts and then find them to be not there when we got home . Expensive doughnuts .  No problem with the stove though .

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Pay more attention to how the fitters were attaching the burner to the chimney.  It is  bit of a bodge up with lots of fire cement to fill the gaps, some of which is now falling out.  Something to tidy up when I get a chance but it is out of sight out of mind...

 

I knew from previously installing too large a gas fire in a previous house not to oversize the fire, got a Clearview Pioneer and very happy with it.

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3 hours ago, Rob_the_Sparky said:

Pay more attention to how the fitters were attaching the burner to the chimney.  It is  bit of a bodge up with lots of fire cement to fill the gaps, some of which is now falling out.  Something to tidy up when I get a chance but it is out of sight out of mind...

 

I knew from previously installing too large a gas fire in a previous house not to oversize the fire, got a Clearview Pioneer and very happy with it.

And that would be the "professionals" bodging it.

Yet those in the industry profess that only they can safely and correctly install a stove.

The very same as within the gas-fitting industry.

P.S.

I made no mistakes either in my choice of stove,(since we bought a Morso(e)) or my own non-professional installation, way back in 1997, so 22 years later I imagine that is a sound judgment.

P.S.

Just to irritate the chimmney sweeps, the flue has NEVER been swept in the 22 years. 

 

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