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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 13 8:18 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Also worth checking is the flue pipe. The type used for oil burners is often Ali or at best a low grade stainless steel. Burning wood requires a high grade stainless steel.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 13 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nickofthewoods wrote:
Have my back to the side of a rayburn royale as I write..heats our home,our water and baking our bread soon.All fired on well seasoned birch and hazel.Loved it for the 20 years we have had it.

A word of warning to anyone re converting back from oil to wood..because of the dramatic price in oil a lot of people are doing this....in the first case one neighbour had a chimney fire immediately from the build up of deposits in the chimney...in the second and worse case..due to unknown reasons..possibly some leaked oil in the stove's rockwool insulation..friends lost their home to a fire on the first burn of a re converted rayburn.

when we first tested our Rayburn we noticed some smoke coming out of the side we undid the side panel and noticed the rockwool was on fire!!!there was some kind of oil filled thermostat? leaking oil and this had caught fire! thank goodness we were both there


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 18 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Almost all closed ovens are designed to be run with the fire-door closed. You should not attempt to run them with the door open, due to emission of fumes. (Even re-fuelling emits some fumes.) So please don't!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 19 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

New here so be gentle with me .......

Probably a daft response as it is a very expensive option, but we have a woodburning Esse range (looks and behaves like an Aga).

We light it in October and it then stays lit until the end of April. We use it for all our cooking and it heats the a significant part of the house (no rads - just leave the kitchen door open. Only other heat source is a Wood Burner in the lounge which is used in the winter evening and one in the "snug" which is used very infrequently.

We use around half a wheel barrow of wood a day on the Esse, it has three ovens and 2 hot plates and you can open the outer door to reveal a glazed internal door should you want to see the fire.

It's great!

In these days of global warming, I'm rather anti coal burning and with the Esse you just don't need to.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 19 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

PS - it's in our newly built extension and has been seen/approved in the kitchen by the Building Inspector. We have an extractor fan (well it's a MHRV unit so a fan of sorts) and there are some regs to accommodate, but it's all signed off. So it's definitely "do-able".

Hope that helps


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 19 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome! You might like to introduce yourself on the....Introduce Yourself thread

I had a Bosky doing the same job as yours when I lived in North Wales, and a Morso Squirrel doing the backup from the living room.

Mistress Rose

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 19 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds lovely, and what I have wanted for years, but don't think I will ever have it now. We have a multifuel stove in our lounge and leave the door open, so it part heats the rest of the house. I use the top for cooking sometimes as it is ideal when I want something that is a long cook, like bolognaise, or cassoulet. We do keep it in over night with a bit of coal, but mostly we burn wood on it.

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