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mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 11 8:47 am    Post subject: Rayburn Nouvelle - info needed.  Reply with quote    

We have had a solid fuel Aga for 20 years. We are thinking of replacing it with a solid fuel Rayburn as from what we have read it will run up to 10 radiators. Any thoughts please? Not sure if this is the correct place for this question - assuming it will be moved by a friendly mod if need be. Thanks

Chez



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 11 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A new one? Or a second hand one? During my period of obsession with non-functioning solid-fuel heating devices, I found this page invaluable.

If I remember anything specific about the nouvelle I'll add it ... there was definitely a reason it wasn't suitable for us, but I can't remember why.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 11 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A second hand one.

Chez



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 11 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I THINK that it's the nouvelle it's difficult to get spare parts for. I'm not certain. I'll go back through my bookmarks and see what I can pull out when I get a minute or two over the weekend.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's definately the Nouvelle - to be honest we can get one re-conditioned. Parts aren't a major problem as hubby is a precision engineer/toolmaker and has a workshop. We had a good chat with an owner yesterday - lots of dials/twiddly bits - which hubby will deal with, I am more concerned about the cooking properties - will I be able to do a decent yorkshire pudding?

Chez



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If that's the case, then I'm sure it will be fine! Sounds very exciting, in fact!

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
It's definately the Nouvelle - to be honest we can get one re-conditioned. Parts aren't a major problem as hubby is a precision engineer/toolmaker and has a workshop. We had a good chat with an owner yesterday - lots of dials/twiddly bits - which hubby will deal with, I am more concerned about the cooking properties - will I be able to do a decent yorkshire pudding?


Ah! Post to remember (Rayburn Nouvelle owner) Parts are difficult to find, as it has very complicated control systems on the heating side. Fortunately we also have someone who gets parts made to order (and they are very expensive) For example, the proper glow plug costs aorund 32 but the landrover version which also fits perfectly costs around 6.

Ours is meant to run fifteen radiators which means it loses it's heat very quickly or cooking. However, it does raise the temperature in this large leaky Victorian wreck (although visitors would dispute this) and it does seem to be quite efficient. We back it up with a woodburner but this is a large uninsulated house.

You won't like the rayburn as much for cooking if you are swapping from an aga though. I quite often have to use the electric hob and oven as a back up because the heat has gone from the rayburn.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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If that's the case, then I'm sure it will be fine! Sounds very exciting, in fact!


Yes - we rae excited. Thought long and hard about this one. The Aga is wonderful, 500 20 years ago - we can't complain, but the cost of fuel has made us re-think our current situation - no gas in the village so we are on oil! less said the better re costs! We have lots of wood around the place so seems silly not to use it.

Cathryn
Yes - am planning on having an electric hob hun. Will have to revise my cooking methods as I have been cooking with the Aga for 20 years! More of a slow cooking process gal.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have cooked Yorkshire puddings successfully, it's just timing. If you ask it to do too much all at once it sulks. So if you have all ovens and hotplates in use it will struggle to keep the heat up.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Cathryn - sounds like me on a good day! Can't wait to try it out.

Katieowl



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
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If that's the case, then I'm sure it will be fine! Sounds very exciting, in fact!


Yes - we rae excited. Thought long and hard about this one. The Aga is wonderful, 500 20 years ago - we can't complain, but the cost of fuel has made us re-think our current situation - no gas in the village so we are on oil! less said the better re costs! We have lots of wood around the place so seems silly not to use it.

Cathryn
Yes - am planning on having an electric hob hun. Will have to revise my cooking methods as I have been cooking with the Aga for 20 years! More of a slow cooking process gal.


Don't have a rayburne Novelle...but do have an oil fired one here. I had a gas Aga before for many years...the cooking is not the same at all on a Rayburn.

Whatever model ours is, it doesn't run rads, but there is one that is a heat sink for it if it gets too hot. (which we are going to get changed for the one in the bathroom, which seems more sensible!)

This rayburn needs to be turned up prior to cooking, to get a decent heat in the oven...I'd suggest an oven thermometer would be your friend! Once you know what the zones correspond to it helps a lot! It would have helped a lot if someone had told me that when we first moved in LOL!

I can warm through a few croissants, take the chill of some plates etc when it's on no 1 setting, or use the oven as a slow cooker, and I try to remember to use the top plates to simmer stuff on, rather than using the hob. We have an electric hob and oven here too....HATE the hob with a vengance (there is a gremlin that keeps turning it on ) but it's going and being replaced with a gas one (bottled gas) unless you LURVE electric hobs...I'd suggest considering bottled gas? The fan oven is fine. Also a good back up for when it's not on at all is a slow cooker!

I've got a shiny new Neff Gas hob (with a wok burner - sigh of pleasure) here waiting to be installed....

Kate

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 11 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

All Ican say is,that after 20 odd years of cooking on Agas or Rayburns,I hate my electric cooker/hob combo with a vengance.
The house we live in goes with our job,so no chance of changing things.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 11 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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I've got a shiny new Neff Gas hob (with a wok burner - sigh of pleasure) here waiting to be installed..



We do not have gas,
Watching the Reyburns going for 2.5K on e-bay! Phew! Damaged etc - we are looking at a firm who will supply for 2.K - all reconditioned - nouvelle

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