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Which tumble dryer for outbuilding?

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chumbler Sat 13-Feb-16 13:46:20

Hi all. I posted about this a week or so ago, about maybe putting one under the stairs. It doesn't seem like this would be suitable now so tbinking to put it in the outbuilding. It has a plug for electricity but no access to water and no "vent", except that the roof has lots of holes! If does get cold in there as not insulated and holes in the roof etc but it doesn't seem to freeze. And no water comes in. Would it be suitable? And if so what type of tumble dryer do I need? Can anyone recommend one? Would I also need to buy it a blanket to tuck it in during winter frosts? Thanks all smile

chumbler Sun 14-Feb-16 14:01:27


wowfudge Sun 14-Feb-16 19:06:55

I'd be concerned about rainwater getting into the electrics with the garage in a poor state. You would need a vented, non-condenser type. Consider putting a tumble dryer in a Keter type heavy duty plastic store instead.

chumbler Mon 15-Feb-16 13:43:35

Thanks for your reply

Definitely no rainwater, just not well insulated. If I got that type is it then easy to use the same tumble dryer indoors if I ever got my drean utility room?

chumbler Fri 19-Feb-16 09:10:33

Anyone else help??? Hoping to order this weekend, so far all of my purchases have been decided by mumsnet recommendations. Don't make me do this alone!!! blush

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Fri 19-Feb-16 09:19:37

We've got a vented one in our outhouse, but we put in a vent as ours is very solidly built and we didn't want everything stored in there getting damp and mildewy. Whether you could use it in a dream utility room depends on the room, my parents use a vented one without a vent in theirs, but they leave the door open and it's a big, modern well ventilated, well heated house. I wouldn't do it in my poky Victorian terrace, I'd need to install a vent.

wowfudge Sat 20-Feb-16 11:59:32

If it's an external wall it's not a big deal to put a vent in. I stick the house for ours out of the window.

chumbler Sat 20-Feb-16 15:01:54

Thanks all. So I need a vented non condenser?this would do for the outbuilding and indoors and doesn't need plumbing in but would need regular emptying of the water? Is that right?! blush grin

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sat 20-Feb-16 15:09:26

No, condensers are the ones that need emptying, vented just evaporate the water off the clothes and out of the vent, so it all ends up in the room as moist air. Hence needing ventilation to avoid causing damp problems.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Sat 20-Feb-16 15:12:08

Would you actually be faffed to use it if it's in an outbuilding? What if it's raining?
We don't have a tumble drier. They are terribly expensive to use. We dry clothes ion the line in summer and on a clothes horse in the winter Shen it's too wet outside.

TheFridgePickersKnickers Sat 20-Feb-16 15:19:56

I use a condenser. It's currently in our garage.
I bought a condenser when we were moving house a lot with the army and never knowing if there would be a space for a tumbler in the house or not. Ours is currently 7 years old. It's been in an old coal shed (concrete with old asbestos roof) . On a landing, under the stairs, in a kitchen (only briefly), a bedroom and 2 garages.
The beauty of a condenser is you don't need to worry about vents. You can put it where you like. You just need to remember to empty it every couple of loads. The light flashes at me if I forget.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sat 20-Feb-16 15:37:33

We use ours all the time in bad weather and it's in a shed at the end of the garden. No room for a clothes horse or tumble dryer in the house, having it up the garden is ideal, no noise from it and no humidity in the house.

wowfudge Sat 20-Feb-16 15:50:26

WhoKnows - I don't understand your post about vented dryers making the air in the room moist. The whole point is that the hose takes the moisture outside. If you are not venting it outside then it will fill the space it's in with condensation, but that's using it incorrectly.

Modern dryers aren't that expensive to run and with all the rain we've had getting things dry without one would have been a nightmare and caused damp problems in the house.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sat 20-Feb-16 16:21:20

That's if you don't vent it, not everyone does.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sat 20-Feb-16 16:21:53

But yes, point taken.

chumbler Sat 20-Feb-16 20:48:55

Sooo condenser, something like this ?

lavendersun Sat 20-Feb-16 20:51:25

We just have a cheap job in one of our barns. The plastic hose thing that the water comes out of points at one of the barn doors - no water ingress but the doors are not watertight, big old oak things with the odd inch or two eaten away over the years.

chumbler Sun 21-Feb-16 13:28:44

Thanks all!

tootiredtothink Mon 22-Feb-16 20:25:38

I'd be wary buying indesit/hotpoint tumble dryers as they're still selling the faulty machines which can cause house fires.

Perhaps see if you can check if that is one of the machines affected ? No idea how sadly, all I know is customer service has been shocking, on phone for an hour today trying to get through to them....and failing.

Condorwoman Fri 26-Feb-16 22:10:13

I'd avoid Hotpoint and Indesit machines like the plague at the moment tbh.

A condenser would be best for your out building. Easier to move around when you need to as you won't be tied to having it next to the hole in the wall for the ventilation tube.

We're looking for a new tumble dryer too. Size is our problem.

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