I can't make up my mind whether to heat water and power a few
radiators with a range cooker, or a stove. I'll be using wood when I
can, and coal when I have to. I prefer to use wood because it's
cleaner and getting rid of ash much less of an problem. I've got 2
chimneys, and a house with a tendency to be quite chilly.
I imagine the cooker would be on all the time, and could be used to
gently heat a (direct) thermal store throughout the day. A few
radiators could be powered from the store when required. I could get a
cooker with a boiler mode to provide a degree of responsiveness. The
stove would be dry, so within a few minutes of lighting, it could
start to produce enough heat to warm most of the house. I think the
main problems doing this will be keeping the cooker going so that it
will tick over for at least 12hrs a day without turning the chimney
into a fractional distillation column for tar. In reality I suspect
this will mean relying on coal. Another issue is the possibility of
boiling water in the store.
The other scenario is to leave the cooker to just cook. The stove
could then be used more intermittently to heat the store when
required, and there's no need to keep the fire going. This might be
more convenient when the cooker is off, and will probably cause fewer
chimney problems as the stove can be burned hotter. The downside is
that the stove won't provide the same intense immediate heat as a dry
stove, and I'll probably require more radiators.
Any/all opinions appreciated.
- posted 12 years ago