- Wood Burning Stoves
I live in an old house that would have had (at least) two open fires/stoves originally. Made sense to reinstate them in the front room and kitchen/dining room.
Plus it means you can have a log pile which creates a nice focal point for taking pictures of your rarely used Orange Five.Posted 4 years agosoobaliasMember
combination ideals, self sufficiency, economy and ambiance/interior design
they look like they are more efficient and easier than an open fire, but everyone ignores that they are less efficient and much more hassle than decent central heating.
its a bit like HS2, the arguements ‘for’ vary depending on who you speak to.
where i live has no mains gas, no space for gas/oil, so its electric heating or the stove.Posted 4 years agobokononMember
My wife made me do it – I agreed on the basis that if we were going to have it, then it would be zero cost for fuel, if we start paying for it, then it becomes more expensive than putting the heating on. It burns builders off cuts, pallets and so on (that we get for nothing) and there is a stack of wood we got for free seasoning out the back in a suitably agricultural looking wood store (made from bits that I had lying around).Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
has it become fashionable ? maybe down your way
where im at it was never fashionable – just a way of life,
my grandads dad had one in his hut in the woods (he was a wood cutter at crathie) my grandad had one in his house , my dad had one in his house and ive got one in mine……
they are much more efficient than the tumble drier at heating the house AND drying the clothes at the same time (not that we have a tumbledrier) and im on oil.Posted 4 years agocrankboyMember
There is nothing like a real fire to sit and watch with a glass of wine/beer on a cold night. Not sure staring at a radiator contemplating the meaning of life would be the same.
Our house was designed to be heated by a fire and having one works well and circulates the air reducing the damp in an otherwise shonkily built interwar quasi Bauhaus semi.
I get to play with axes timber and matches.
They work in power cuts.
They kick out a massive amount of heat when you want them too.
Not even James Bond pulls laying in front of a storage heater in his boxers .Posted 4 years agoPrinceJohnMember
See we’ve got one & it’s the bane of my life – I hate it, we get free wood, but I’d still rather have central heating – get home late to a cold house, wake up the house is cold, get home after a night ride the house is cold. Get it going, the living room is lovely, but the rest of the house feels cold, especially the bedroom round bedtime…Posted 4 years agobedmakerSubscriber
See we’ve got one & it’s the bane of my life – I hate it, we get free wood, but I’d still rather have central heating – get home late to a cold house, wake up the house is cold, get home after a night ride the house is cold. Get it going, the living room is lovely, but the rest of the house feels cold, especially the bedroom round bedtime…
We’ll have none of that around here thank you very much!Posted 4 years ago
The efficiency argument always begs the question “efficient in terms of what?”
Fuel to heat conversion?
Relative efficiency for each of those then depends on your circumstances
Source of wood fuel?
Time and effort available?
Quality of installation/performance of appliance?
Generally speaking if you are not on mains gas, have the time to process your own fuel, can source cordwood locally and have a relatively modern wood burner then for most measures of efficiency you will do better than central heating. If not then it’s something nice to have and do.Posted 4 years agogrumMember
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