Storage Heaters

I have Creda Storage heaters with two dial settings each in them. Any idea why?
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Does this site help any ?
http://www.natenergy.org.uk/el-heat.htm
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This one might better explain it :
http://www.housewarming.org.uk/heating_systems/storage_heaters.html
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On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 03:40:13 +0000 (UTC), "Michael McNeil"

Does one feel more mechanical than the other, it probably opens vents to allow the last of the heat to come out in the evening, make sure you close it again before you go to bed so that it keeps the heat in until it is wanted
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Michael McNeil wrote:

Many years ago when in a shared house with storage heaters I came to the conclusion that these very simple beasts are just too complicated for the great unwashed. Apart from a complete inability to comprehend their fairly simple function, nobody seems able to think more than 2 minutes ahead and attempts to use them in the same way as an ordinary electric heater.
One dial controls how much hot the bricks inside get overnight, one dial controls how much hot air comes out during the day.
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On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 10:51:41 GMT, Scott M

You do have to become a weather forcaster if you have night storage heaters as you have to guess what the temperature is going to be the next day, if you set it too high you end up with the daft situation of opening the window in the depths of winter to cool the room down, but if you didn't set the heater high enough then there is nothing you can do - I think some may have had fan heaters incorporated for this reason
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On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 10:51:41 GMT, Scott M

On the ones in our office it's not quite that simple. The daytime control principally affects the "Boost" at the end of the day when the bricks have cooled down, a bi-metallic strip then opens a flap to create an additional hot air path. You can chose how much boost you want.
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One controls the amount of heat going into the heater when it 'charges' on the Economy 7 tariff. The other adjusts the rate at which it is released by adjusting a flap above the bricks to control the amount of heat released.
Which is which probably depends on the model but the output on is the one that causes the clanking sound of the flap moving when it is adjusted.
Andrew
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On 27/01/2004 Michael McNeil opined:-

One will likely be the charge temperature setting, the temperature at which the unit cuts off its overnight charge and the other a boost flap. The later should be kept closed until the extra heat is required in the evening, then re-closed prior to going to bed.
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Do you have anything about any subject of DIY to say. After seeing a number of your daft reply postings, I've now come to the conclusion that you are a real bam pot with air where the brain should be. Now, please grow up or FO away from sensible people.
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Don't waste your time or conciousness on these postings, BigW. If you have a newsreader with article-suppression facilities (as you suggest), apply them. Any form of reply just encourages the activity...
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retched Storage Heaters onto my recliner:

Article suppression facilities? That's brilliant.
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Obviously the politically correct version of a killfile.
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I know I did the wrong thing by replying to the idiot, but I've blocked the IP for the sender so shouldn't hear from them again, I hope. :-))
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BigWallop wrote:

I think that's a bit harsh. These people provide a valuable service by demonstrating the importance of birth control and exactly how pathetic some people's lives really are. Reminds me of a line from Fawlty Towers:
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On Wed, 21 Apr 2004 23:18:42 +0100, Oshiponga wrote:

Period 13 Jan > 7th Apr one, occasionally two, storage heaters used 2546 units. These where to keep the frost out of the cottage, and where almost certainly cooling out during the day and thus taking full charge over night, the maths bears that out 90 days 7hrs/day is 630hrs. 2546/630 = 4kw/hr on average. One heater is a biggie 3kW (ish) the other 1.5kW or maybe 2.
So 1000kW/hrs for a whole house in a month doesn't strike me as to far from the mark.

How is reading the meter the suspect meter going to help work out if it's gone wonky? Unless they think it's rate switching is wrong and it's charging to much power at the night (aka cheap) rate.

2.5kWh for 7 hrs is 17.5kWhrs for 30 days is 525 units. Say you have 4 of these and they only take half a charge and you have 1000 units as near as damn it...
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Thing is, what I may not have made clear is that this is literally for one and a half storage heaters. One in the living room on at about half charge rate for the full month and one in the bedroom on the same charge for about 2 of the weeks in the month.
To me, that seems excessive.
Andy.
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On Thu, 22 Apr 2004 12:43:53 +0100, Oshiponga wrote:

Selective quoting is wonderful is it not?
The rest of my post to back up the above statement was also for one and a bit heaters.
See other post about what the "charge" control does. It does limit the maximum temperature the bricks get up too, thus the total amount of stored heat. If you are letting out most of that heat during the day then the heater will be taking power for most if not all of the off peak period to get hot again...
1000 units over 31 days at 7hrs a day is an average load of 4.6kW. Two 3kW heaters and one only on for part of the period, as you say, could average that without to much difficulty. Remember it has been winter...
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What I mean by that, is that the input is 1 - 5 (5 being full chat) and the dial is set to 2.5. I have no real understanding of how this relates to chucking heat out during the day. I assumed that at this setting, the heater charges half way, or only consumes half the electricity, kind of, er...
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