want to look at the beautiful wood burner that I think dh has just agreed to, plus what do I need to know/think about?

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Very excited. the red one it is locally made and will look gorgeous.

jamaisjedors Mon 01-Apr-13 15:58:12

It's nice. What size logs does it take? (watch out for that before ordering your wood.)

Can you get self-cleaning glass in it? (or something similar - I find cleaning the glass on ours a pain, I do it with the ashes and some scrunched up newspaper.

Which room are you having it in?

Is it the multi fuel? Much better than just a wood burner unless you have your own forest and lots of elves to chop a constant supply of wood.
I have a multi fuel stove and burn a mix of logs and solid fuel. It has been lit none stop since October and has cost a fortune to feed. Mine also has a back boiler which supplements the oil central heating.
We have no gas though. Given the choice I would have gas. The novelty of stoves has worn off after 20 years of ash, soot and log hauling smile.

recall Mon 01-Apr-13 16:16:08

I agree with secret messy ! But gorgeous when its cold, we have one in our kitchen, and if I manage to keep it ticking over keeps the chill off the whole house. We keep it in over night, and the kitchen is all warmed through in the morning. It feels different to the central heating.

Something to consider is to have the log burner positioned out in the room rather than set inside an inglenook, then you will get your heat radiating into the room. Also consider having the flu exposed in the room, because you will get loads of heat off that too.

it is multi fuel, in the dining room of a victorian terrce house, only for fun we have central heating and the fire in the room has never worked since we moved here 5 years ago, the dining room is always cold and I want to sit at the table studying with a lovely fire going. I am very excited about the whole thing we have been wanting one for years.

jamaisjedors Mon 01-Apr-13 16:43:41

It will be lovely. We have one in the living room but it's at one end of the house and we don't use that room very much.

We nearly put one in the dining-room too but I put my foot down as I know that DH would insist on turning off the central heating and I don't want to have to light the fire every night after work.

It would be nice to sit and eat in the warm though, and for dinner parties etc. would be v. welcoming too.

You need a large, preferably covered area for the piles of logs, and a coal bunker for the solid fuel. Also sticks for kindling and firelighters.
Sorry but for a dining room in a Victorian terrace I would get a gas fire. Multi fuel stoves are fashionable but really not convenient to use.

MinimalistMommi Mon 01-Apr-13 17:26:46

We're have just bought a victorian terrace and we are putting in a woodburner this autumn. We can't wait! grin

I was planning to keep the wood and coal in the cellar, I also ddnt mention how much I love fires, dh bought me an outside chimenea for my birthday last year and I am always having lovely fires in the summer.

MinimalistMommi Mon 01-Apr-13 17:55:59

dita I think woodburners are so cosy that they're worth the work they take. We having one on top of our central heating too.

going tommorow to ask the guy to come and give us a quote, do think we are going to have to have the chimney lined though.

PigletJohn Mon 01-Apr-13 18:03:09

you need a good local chimneysweep. Try to find one by recommendation. Preferably get him to look at, comment on, and sweep your chimney before the stove arrives.

He will know who locally will do a good job of any repairs or modifications needed.

flow4 Mon 01-Apr-13 20:05:07

dita, my friends just bought this same stove - the black one not the red one tho - and are very pleased with it smile It seems very efficient, compared to the old stove they had replaced, and it's certainly lovely to sit in front of... I'm already planning one for the extension I'll build on the house I haven't bought yet! smile

thanks thats good to know, I like the idea of one made locally. I am going today to get a quote, the theory at the mmoment is if the chimney needs lining then we will probably have to get a cheaper stove but if it doesnt we can have that one. smile

flow4 Tue 02-Apr-13 08:52:50

Bear in mind that cheaper stoves are often less efficient, and that means they burn up less of the fuel and leave more residue... That in turn means getting less heat, and needing your chimney swept more often. It can be a bit of a false economy.

MinimalistMommi Tue 02-Apr-13 09:38:08

Flow I've read that about efficiency and the cheaper stoves, I'm planning on getting a ClearView Pioneer www.clearviewstoves.com/pioneeroven.htm
I don't think it is multi fuel though and I know that was mentioned up thread...

PigletJohn Tue 02-Apr-13 10:24:49

I would certainly go for a multifuel. You will get bored with sawing wood, or run out, and coal-type fuels contain a lot more heat per shovelfull than wood does (also burns hotter and cleaner) and last longer, so you will appreciate a stove that can burn it.

MinimalistMommi Tue 02-Apr-13 11:18:44

Thanks PigletJohn.
I wonder if Clearview does a small stove which is multifuel?

sleeplessbunny Tue 02-Apr-13 16:01:42

Chimney lining is a good idea for a stove, the more efficient the stove, the less heat ends up in the chimney and the more likely you are to end up with tar deposits, which could eventually cause a chimney fire. A liner keeps the flue warmer and reduces deposits. Please get it lined.

minimalist we have the clearview pioneer, it is fab. DH twisted my arm, it was pricey and i am normally miserly. But I am so glad he did. We have burned coal in it, but you have to be careful not to overheat it, coal can burn hotter. A temp gauge stuck onto the flue (you can get little magnetic ones) is a good idea, even for wood fires it helps me gauge when to adjust the vents.

If you have a woodshed in the garden you can order a year's supply of wood quite cheaply. We pay about £100 I think for the year (on average in winter we burn maybe 3 nights per week)

MinimalistMommi Tue 02-Apr-13 17:19:42

Sleep how big should my woodshed be? I need to fit one into my courtyard.

MinimalistMommi Tue 02-Apr-13 17:20:52

Sleep also where very approx are you? £100 for years supply sounds amazing. We're in the south west.

sleeplessbunny Tue 02-Apr-13 18:38:58

our woodshed is probably about 6'x6'. It takes 2 loads, I think it's about 1.5 cu m per load. (my maths might be dodgy)
We bought 2 loads 2 yrs ago and we're just getting to the end of it all now. We are in Gloucestershire, I think we paid about £80 per load from the Gloucestershire wildlife trust. Obviously it won't last as long if you use the stove every day, like I said we use ours on average about 3 evenings per week in the winter I reckon.

sleeplessbunny Tue 02-Apr-13 18:41:07
flow4 Tue 02-Apr-13 21:04:23

£100 for a year's supply is amazing value! Round here you'd pay that for a month or two's supply... sad

MinimalistMommi Tue 02-Apr-13 21:06:30

Where are approximately are you flow?

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