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faerienono



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 13 9:52 am    Post subject: advice on wood burners please  Reply with quote    

We are looking at woodburners to install into the new (old) house, one for a fairly small dining room, the other for a large living area. Any suggestions or recommendations welcomed for makes/models, at this stage we are just doing the planning/maths as the house is not ours yet.....

Thanks

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 13 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sizes are going to depend on insualtion/other heating/whether you want a back-boiler or not. There's a rough room size calculator here.

We've got a Clearview and it's been absolutely brilliant. They are expensive though, so a lot is going to depend on your budget.

lettucewoman



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 13 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Clearview are the best apparently. ..however we have a Tiger stove, and although people have warned us against cheaper stoves, its been brilliant. ..its solid one piece cast iron, is a multi fuel and works a treat...we did buy really good pipe work for it mind...cost more than the stove!!

john of wessex



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 13 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got a 5kw morso squirrell - does the hot water as well, love it.

In the past I've had a Jotul 602, which was a little beauty

Piggyphile



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 13 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Make sure it is heavy cast iron, it keeps chucking the heat out. Here they sell cheap tinny ones that warp and don't last, a false economy.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 13 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have clearview and two others. Clearview is best by a country mile, but expensive.

roobarb



Joined: 15 Apr 2008
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Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 13 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a Clearview with back boiler as our main heating source (hot water/rads), and a small 4kw Charnwood for the living room. Both work well, and we find the small one is great for heating one small room up quickly. Both are well made and British built if that's important to you!

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 13 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a Franco Belge and love it.

Nicky Colour it green



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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 13 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we have one made by a local company - suggest you go to local showrooms and ask questions - take your room dimensions with you. I would always go for a flat top as you can cook on it.

powerjen



Joined: 23 Jan 2013
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 13 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a Scan woodburner, pretty efficient and comes in a good range of modern styles.

My only comment would be to make sure that you get one that has the right heat output for the size of each room. You don't want to buy one which is going to produce too much heat - bigger isn't necessarily better!

cornishlongdog



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 13 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got a Clearview pioneer, about 5kw and Morso squirrel about 4kw( I think ). Both stoves are brilliant. I would say that the Clearview is more efficient than the squirrel but there isn't masses in it. The clearview is made of steel and seems to heat up more quickly but then the morso is cast iron which retains the heat for longer. Its swings and roundabouts really. I'm always surprised how far the heat seems to travel. We have the morso in a back extension yet the warmth can be felt as you walk in the front door, a room and a hallway away when the stove has been on for a while. I would agree with powerjen. For the sake of your chimney you want to have the stove burning at a reasonable rate rather than having to have it slumbering all the time because it's too big for the room.

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