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  1. That Esse above looks fantastic! It's something I'd love if I had a nicer outdoor space rather than a garden full of wendy houses, play prams and other kids toys (haha!), the price is just a bit rich for me currently. It does make me think about something I've thought before though, buy a cheap chinese made log burner which can be found for £250-£350 new, buy some flue pipe, maybe buy some decent wheels or casters and attach them so its easy/possible to move and put away. £350-£450 and your done. No it won't be the quality of the Esse, no where near, but I'd hope it woul be more durable than the lightweight backpacker toves, and definitely much bigger, at a price that I could convince myself is reasonable.
  2. Yes it's all compromise isn't it. I'm like you though, I don't like being smokey, it often makes me feel unwell.
  3. Yes I was sat by a chimenea Sunday night and had a headache from the smoke, although clothes didn't smell the next day and the thing was warm. That outbacker stove looks interesting. I wonder if another 0.5m on the flue might be needed.... Can't really judge it's size.
  4. Sounds positive. Shame they don't radiate more heat though.
  5. No rush, I know you've got your eye out for something.
  6. Thanks Joe, I'll translate a few terms to British English 1400sf=square feet. large-ish but not huge....my rough calc gives ~1250sf for my largish for london 3 bed semi. a cord of wood is 128 cubic feet or 3.5 m3 joe mentions power outages / black outs. rural us, ice storms, wind storms etc its not uncommon for power to be out for a day or 2, or for rolling blackouts if demand exceeds supply in cold periods....People died in Dallas this winter when they had a bad cold storm and rolling black outs. so wood heat is there as an important back up. read norwegian wood, its law in norway to have a wood stove for the same reason oh and if you've seen the axe thread here, Joe is the very kind gent that sent me the True Temper Jersey
  7. Blimey, £250 on wood saved £400 on gas, wow. Oh hang on... Heating bill, not gas... Your not on mains gas.. adds up now. I reckon a cube of wood saves me about £65-75 of mains gas. I spend time on arboristsite more than here which is why I know a bit about the American stoves and practices. In fact I believe rarefish from there has just signed up here to ask about an Elwell axe. I'll point him here for some first hand input rather than what I've (mis) understood.
  8. If by primary you mean air from beneath the grate, and secondary air from above (often air wash down the glass) then most wood burning stoves are cleanest burning and keep the glass clean with the primary shut and secondary controlling the stove. Your Mecca stove would be fabulous but wood isn't dense enough to pack l enough energy in to a small firebox.
  9. Go on hearth.com and read the user experiences, or any of the other mainly us forums, and you'll get a feel for how they use their stoves
  10. They are MASSIVE stoves. The bk Princess is at least 4-5 times the size of yours, assuming you have a 5kw stove. It will take 16" logs, split no more then say 8-10". Big logs burn slower, a huge fire box takes a lot more fuel. They really do burn a long time, the large secondary air stoves will do 8-12 hours, cat stoves 12-24 or more if right down low. They aren't more efficient, it's the same regs. The European regs just copy the US EPA regs a few years behind, besides our stoves are 80-85% efficient so there's not much to gain there. It is simply more fuel in the stove. Plus your 40 minute reloads are to keep pretty flames, the big stove long burns a "load to 'coals". They aren't pretty looking room heaters, they are devices to heat a whole house through a cold winter easily.
  11. To respond to your earlier question witterings, a cat stove isn't any more efficient than a secondary air stove but because of the whole house system and the way users run them, cat stove owners often report using less wood.... Or rather owners of stoves with secondary air report burning much more than their old stove did. Remember, a lot of stove users in the US are in cold winter climates and the stove is their primary heat. They want ease of use. They often light them and run them continuously for months. Secondary air stoves can't be run that low and owners will open windows on milder days, plus the house will be toasty warm all day even if the owner is out at work, and all night when tucked in bed (under just a light sheet). The cat stove other has the convenience of constant heat but turns it really low when out, asleep or mild.
  12. Correct. When set low the glass will also blacken, so there's absolutely nothing to see.... It's an efficient and simple wood heater not something for ambience
  13. Exactly, the water in the wood and the water produced by burning the wood makes a lot of water in total. How did we get from cats and secondary air to heat exchangers!?
  14. You've answered your question


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