We have to take the plunge and replace an existing 30+YO New World 11Kw back boiler with something new. Flue is extendable single wall stainless steel within existing chimney. 150mm I think.
Baxi seem to have the market cornered but this boiler looks good for the purpose. It is relatively new to market so some user or installer views would be welcomed. Location is in a hearth in what is now a utility room, this hearth is ducted directly to an airbrick. The existing firefront has not been used in 25 years (and is quite hideous). We don't have available space for a more conventional boiler. The latest Baxi incarnation has remote boiler controls which could be very useful, the firefront is separately powered from a nearby 13A socket. 15Kw output and no doubt improved efficiency will, without doubt, be a blessing. This boiler would allow us to use existing pipework without huge disruption. As far as I have been able to find out there is no connection between boiler and firefront. That is the basic situation.
a few questions: Any pros/cons for this Baxi? Can the existing flue be used? Most importantly. Can the boiler function without a firefront? Firefront would never be used and is ruddy expensive. I asked this question of Baxi and they say the boiler cannot operate without a firefront as they work together. I had expected this reply. The firefront is separately supplied electrically with its own controls and AFAIK is not connected to the boiler (please tell me if I'm wrong).