I suspect this is a question for our Corgi qualified expertrs and hope
it counts as DIY research since the manufacturers and installers of
the gas fire (see below) are not being helpful.
My aging sister in Yorkshire bought a Baxi Wentworth PCF
deluxe. G.C.No 32 075 16A gas fire to enable her to keep warm when
electricuty cuts in her area turn off the gas central heating. Only
after it was installed did she discover that she had been sold a
'de-luxe' model which would not work during a power cut.
Her enquiries of Baxi and the installer have produced no
suggestions other than to buy a back-up generator.
Can anybody suggest a better solution which is legal - other
than disposing of the present fire and getting a cheaper model without
the 'safety device' (apparently designed to chill pensioners faster
during power failures) involved?
Brian, this seems to be more of a product suitability issue than a
Did she specifically say to the installer that it was for use during a
power cut? If so, then he should really get it swapped for
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On Thu, 04 Dec 2003 22:01:33 +0000, Andy Hall wrote:
Having looked the model up on the web, it does seem to be an ordinary
inset display fire.
It appears to be conventionally flued. It might be that the only reason
that the model need electricty is for the electronic ignition, the device
is still almost certain to have a oxypilot or some sort.
It might be possible to light the pilot manually? The manual may say.
There is something to be said for low tech fires when the electric supply
BTW we have just had a 24 hour water cut, where upon you are really
introduced to the benefits of water conventional tanks.
Ed Sirett - Property maintainer and registered gas fitter.
The FAQ for uk.diy is at www.diyfaq.org.uk
If it requires 12 volts from a wall wart, it would be easier to provide a
12 volt supply direct to it from a battery, rather than use an invertor
and go back up to 230.
However, if you *were* going down the invertor route, a decent sized car
battery would run the main central heating for several hours.
*When blondes have more fun, do they know it?
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW 12
The Sale of Goods Act requires that the device must do what it was
bought to do, and if it does not then the supplier must fix it, replace
it or refund. Get your sister to quote the relevant act to the suppliers
if they are dragging their feet. See http://www.amdea.org.uk/ and
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