We are looking at woodburning stoves, around max 5kw would suffice.
The guy who is going to fit it likes Esse and I quite like this,
Cheapest I can see it for is £670 quid.
I don't want to save money buying something cheap and naff but don't want
to spend more than necessary.
So general opinions would be appreciated on stoves and prices.
On Tuesday, 6 September 2016 17:13:44 UTC+1, R D S wrote:
If it's located on and outer wall, get a room sealed one.
Draws combustion air directly into the stove from outside so increasing ove
rall efficiency. (No cold air drawn into room.)
Are you purchasing as a main source of heat or as a fashion item that
I installed one of these
and am quite pleased with it.
smaller than many would consider but I wanted minimal disruption to
the existing fire place. It was also the smallest I could find that
still had a back boiler option which the previous open fire
had,something I was loathe to lose in a rural location with overhead
lines which sometimes get damaged. We now retain the abilty to heat
some hot water and cook can on top of it if the electric goes off.
in fact in winter we do a lot of casseroles and stews on it anyway.
Keeps the room it is in really warm with the door into the hall left
open but this is a small bungalow, might struggle in a bigger place.
On Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:23:08 +0100, damduck-egg wrote:
Which is a steel one and
that is a cast one
Our existing stove is a cast one but we are looking to change next year
and cannot decide whether steel or cast is better.
Gut feeling is to stick with what we know and go for cast - but these
seem to be getting less common.
In addition to the OP request can I add a supplementary for views on cast
On Tuesday, 6 September 2016 20:29:44 UTC+1, Mark Allread wrote:
Cast Iron is more expensive than steel but won't burn/corrode away as gradually happens with steel.
Some steel stoves have vitreous enamel to try to prevent this.
Steel is more prone to distortion if it should overheat.
We have used Stovax Stockton stoves for our last two.
They are steel, and seem to work well.
Morso were a good brand for cast iron, but I understand that cast iron is
more fragile than steel if mistreated, and steel stoves are also cheaper
to produce these days so there seem to be more of those especially at the
budget end of the market.
We did want a particular Esse stove (as seen on River Cottage) which
included an oven but we found (by talking to retailers) that there were
We use our stove for fun - that is we have full central heating but we
also like a wood fire and often run it in Autumn/Spring while the CH is
One small point - you usually have a choice of top or rear connection for
the flue. A rear connection pushes the stove into the room a bit more but
it does give you the entire stove top for cooking should you be so
inclined. With a 5kW stove you may find that there isn't enough room
around the flue if it is top connected.
The chimney will be more expensive than the stove,
selkirk 6" is about £100 a meter
(a bit cheaper one ebay but i accidentally bought 5" flue)
(but better than burning your house down)
A glass front so you can see the flames.
A separate air intake will mean much less draughts.
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