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  1. Me too, I heat the while house with stoves in lounge and dining room, coldest bedroom still gets to 19C +/- 1. Wife will run the Ch if I'm not in for the evening.... About once or twice a month basically.
  2. Whole house Vs room heater definitely a part I think, so perhaps house layouts and design drive that?
  3. I read a fair bit on the US based sites and it strikes me that the stoves they have are much more capable than anything in our market. Many stoves with fans/blowers to shift heat off the stove, and also many catalytic stoves with a cat matrix above the firebox to burn the smoke. This then allows them to be loaded full of wood but run low, the wood in the firebox smolders but the cat burn the smoke so emissions are clean, and with most of the heat coming off the cat the firebox itself can smolder really slow so a load of wood can last many many many hours. Stoves such as the Blaze King Princess add thermostatic control to this, not sure but probably just a bimetallic strip type thing like a thermostatic shower valve, the user sets a temp on the knob and the stove varies the burn rate to auto adjust as the load burns down to coals. Why do we not have stove like this in the UK? I can see that the market would be somewhat small by comparison, but I'm a bit surprised it's not big enough for someone to start importing these US stoves. I'd be interested to hear from both stove owners and users if they wold like these kind of stoves, and from our resident stove retailers on if they think they would or wouldn't sell.
  4. A snazzy stainless steel U type thing that about 12 hours worth of logs stack in and it has the companion tools hang from it. It passed the appearance test well. It doesn't contain the debris. It's not so much the bark.... Rather the little black dots of, I guess, insect shit, that drop everywhere!
  5. same here in South London. my lawn is sodden and forming puddles. It feels like its rained continuously since mid september!
  6. Blimey, I just looked that charnwood up out of interest, at £2k it's fairly pricey!
  7. Not the stove but the liner yes. The sulphur in the coal produces SO2, the wood burns giving H2O, these combine to sulphuric acid.
  8. I've had a few splits hit my shins and make me since, did it just now with a bit of strawberry tree. I will wear shin pads sometimes.
  9. As always, every tree is different. Normally ash is a synch to split green but the only time I had a load it was virtually impossible as the grain was folded. So I left it and tried it 6 months later when it was a teenie bit easier but only for a brief window before turning to rock. Get it split.
  10. neiln

    Gas is banned

    yes I know, but I'm not sure its the most efficient way to store energy.
  11. There is a balance though isn't there, vents wide open gives most complete burn but a lot of heat goes up the flue, close the vents a bit and you may send some unburnt fuel up the flue, but a lot less heat so overall efficiency can be higher. Close them too much and temps drop, logs smolder, lots of unburnt fuel wasted up the flue and low efficiency. Finding the balance point is the hard part where we can obsess to our *n*l heart's content. I'd love to read some treatise on it but I've not found anything.
  12. neiln

    Gas is banned

    Yes, until we find the hydrogen mines, the hydrogen economy seems a misnomer.
  13. neiln

    Gas is banned

    Gas made from coal, before my time. The BBC article says 1/3 of our carbon emissions come from domestic heating with gas.
  14. neiln

    Gas is banned

    Article on BBC site about blending hydrogen with natural gas and reducing carbon emissions from domestic heating
  15. neiln

    Gas is banned

    I like the idea of a wood boiler. Don't suppose they should be used in a smokeless zone though, and knowing my luck my wood scrounge source would dry up if I installed one.


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