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.

Foundapound Tue 23-Apr-13 14:40:51

Lovely! That's pretty local to us too, might think about that for our 2nd one. Am amazed at how many negatives have been posted here! We love the one we have, it's not much hassle to use at all, and we manage to grow our own wood in our quite large but not crazy big garden (ash grows quickly and burns well, but we've had enough other overgrown trees to keep us going for 9 years).
Enjoy!

MinimalistMommi Tue 23-Apr-13 14:35:11

Is the OP still here? I've been wondering how she's getting on with her stove?

HumphreyCobbler Tue 23-Apr-13 10:18:17

We have two woodburners and they are our only source of heating. I don't find them too much work at all, we only burn wood but we do have lots of space to store wood outside and inside. I do have to trek to the woodshed with a wheelbarrow daily. They work extremely well and only need clearing out every few weeks.

JonesH Tue 23-Apr-13 10:09:58

Wow that red one is beautiful!! We've just had this Stove put in! Hopefully will look quite elegant when room is all done up!

notasausage Sat 06-Apr-13 20:26:13

Minamilist depends how small you mean by small. My parents have a 4kw in a room that's about 5m x 5m x 2m and it regularly hits 25oC even with the door open. The heat does travel though so you will get the benefit in the rest of the house if you leave the doors open. Does your supplier do home surveys or did you take your room dimensions with you to the showroom. A good supplier should be able to advise on the right size of stove.

A humidity meter is also a good investment as stoves can make the air REALLY dry. You're aiming for 30-50%. A baking tray filled with water on top of or near your stove can help. Otherwise you might find you get dry throat, headaches and other symptoms. Our laminate all has all shrunk away from the joints at the door openings but we have a 9kw double double grin. It is double sided so heats our large living room, hall and some of upstairs.

he he, yes it is a 5kw, it is going to be in the dining room, layout is outshot kitchen, dining room then lounge at the front but quite small so I am hoping the whole of downstairs will be warm enough, and it has the magic self cleaning glass. just been making my wood pile in the cellar, am very excited, bought some fire logs from home nargains as well, 99p each and it says they burn for over 2 hours. Women in the fireplace shop said to chop them in half and use them to light the fire.

MinimalistMommi Sat 06-Apr-13 18:31:22

dita I don't really know what I'm talking about grin
Your stove sounds lovely, did you get a 5kw one and is it in your front room?

minimilist sounds like a similar lay out to mine, the wood was off the floor an only for kindling. smile

MinimalistMommi Sat 06-Apr-13 18:01:06

dita you said about collecting wood make sure you put seasoned wood in your new stove so it burns properly.

MinimalistMommi Sat 06-Apr-13 18:00:15

notasausage we have two small reception rooms in our Victorian terraced cottage, we're thinking Of getting a 5 kW stove in the front room, I'm hoping if we leave the door open the heat should travel through to the dining room so the front room doesn't get stupidly hot.....

notasausage Sat 06-Apr-13 15:58:56

Get a flue thermometer. We have a stovax one from Amazon. They fit with a magnet to the little bit of exposed flue above the stove and tell you whether it is operating at the right temperature. Too hot and you can damage your stove (our glass has bubbled where it got too hot) too cold and you're not burning your fuel efficiently. Needs some practice to get it the control right but it will help you maintain your stove and they're expensive items so worth looking after.

We have a Woodwarm which are handmade in the UK and very highly recommended by several installers (and our chimney sweep).

Multi fuel stoves need an air inlet below the grate for burning smokeless fuel. We were advised not to put coal on ours because it burns hotter and more explosively than smokeless. The top air inlet should be closed. For wood, the bottom inlet should be closed (except maybe a little blast to get it going) and the air should come in from the top.

If you're room is small it will get VERY hot so you'll be leaving the room door open. Make sure you get good advice about the size you buy - its as much about the size of the space you're heating as about the size of the space you have to put it in.

Enjoy being toasty!

WEdnesday, I am getting it on wednesday, reclaimed stone hearth, brick back adn beautiful red stove. in 3 days grin just been out with the dogs and collected loads of wood.

apparently they have a cancelation for next week, so it could possibly be happening very soon (assuming I can get a credit card in that time frame I have no idea how long that will take)

MinimalistMommi Fri 05-Apr-13 17:52:27

grin how soon will your woodburner be happening?

I think it will have that, but he said I could have a sticky out one as well.

MinimalistMommi Fri 05-Apr-13 17:48:54

dita I might have got confused with the terms, I'm having a bit of wood actually put into the wall above the woodburner, so I won't be able to put anything on it. Here's a pic, scroll down until you cute woodburner! www.cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk/fro-crickhowell-cottage.shtml

PigletJohn Fri 05-Apr-13 17:43:05

if not, where will you put your china dogs and christmas stockings?

It also prevents dust-staining on the wall above.

No mirror, though.

definatly not moder, victorian terrace and done in dark colours and chandeliers type decor.

MinimalistMommi Fri 05-Apr-13 17:29:12

I'm personally going for a lovely wooden mantle, but I live in a tiny Victorian terraced cottage so I think it will suit the room as they decor will be cottage style (not twee!) but modern too if that makes sense.

MinimalistMommi Fri 05-Apr-13 17:26:38

I guess you need to think what would go best with the rest of your decor? Have you got a modern house or a more tradtional house? Have you tried looking on somewhere like Pinterest for inspiration? A swell as searching 'wood burner' try searching 'cottage' as loads of images will come up of cottage living rooms with different styles of woodburners.

I have chosen reclaimed stone hearth and brick back, they said if the brick wasnt in good nick they would render it, cant decide whether to have a mantle or not.

MinimalistMommi Fri 05-Apr-13 12:14:43

We will definitely have ours installed by a HETAS installer and get the certificate.

PigletJohn Fri 05-Apr-13 10:06:32

I don't know about fitting stoves, but for notifiable electrical work, it is generally much more expensive and troublesome to apply for Building Regs approval and pay for the inspection, than to have the work done and certificated by a member of a Competent Persons scheme who is qualified to issue the certificate and notify.

its is a hetas fitter, and he gets it signed off as well I think.

Cezzy Thu 04-Apr-13 19:35:31

Yes, that's what we were told. We installed ours ourselves as DH is good at that sort of thing so we should have had building regs. Lots of friends of ours have done he same, so you can do either/or. The company you buy from should also be able to advise you. You should also have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted (ours was about £20 from a local DIY store).

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