Further to my questions about the regulations regarding installation
of a stove I'd like some recommendations on what to actually get.
We already have one quite big wood burning stove in our (very large)
lounge, that is a Hunter Herald 14.
We are aiming to enlarge our breakfast room and install a wood burning
stove there too, this time we want it to be able to provide hot water
as well and, maybe, run a few radiators. It will be installed just a
few feet from the existing wall mounted gas boiler.
However, at present we're not so much worried by the technicalities of
linking it to the existing hot water system as in getting a practical
and easy to use stove. Having had the Hunter Herald for a few years now
we have discovered what makes a stove effective and easy to use. The
Hunter is not particularly good on several fronts:-
It's difficult to get the ash out and clean it generally. The ash
tray is a bad fit and there's a lip at the front which makes it
impossible to sweep clean easily.
The air vents are crude and rather difficult to adjust.
It's not very well sealed so damping it right down is impossible.
The supposed glass cleaning air doesn't (though I supect this is
true for just about all stoves).
Thus what we're looking for is:-
A multi-fuel stove with a large boiler, I've seen some around
40000BTU boiler capacity.
Good ergonomics, easy ash cleaning (maybe from outside?), fine
control of air, etc.
Something that's relatively easy to damp down and leave burning
overnight if possible.
I believe the last requirement (and the fairly large water heating
capacity) may move us from the 'pretty' glass fronted stove to other
types, that's OK if necessary. I'm really trying to get a feel for
all this and some ideas to throw into our design/ideas pot.