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Which woodburning stove is the best?
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Unfortunately not, (1968 house build) our fire place is not located in front of an external wall....
Would love to hear from ppl who own 5kW stoves as to whether it is sufficient for a 3 bed semi-D...
No, I was told about needing a co alarm when he first came to look at the job
You could in my view get away with a 6kw - even a 5kw - but I have no doubt a 7 or 8kw would easily toast up your living room and surrounding areas.
Btw if you haven't bought your stove yet don't believe the propaganda against cheaper brands; mine cost £370 and is perfect for my needs.
I have a 1968 3-bed semi. A 5kW stove easily heats the living room and dining room. When things get warm enough, I open the door to the stairs and warm the rest of the house as well.
I wouldn't rely on it to heat the whole house, but it should heat the downstairs without any problems.
That assumes that you have decent insulation, not draughty single-glazed windows.
If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
Rather unhelpfully I can't remember the make of one in a previous house which 'kept in' better.
This one will do a good 3 days continuous though - before it needs a thorough clean out.
If I was starting from scratch I would have one with a back boiler. Also one with a fraction more area on the top (for pans).
I'm doing an experiment at the mo to find which is cheaper - gas ch or solid fuel. I think gas is. An £8 bag of Excel will only last 3 days if on continuously - running hot in the evening and just turning over the rest of the time. So ground floor day time temperature around 16/17 degrees. Around 20 in the evening.
The only trouble is I don't feel warm without that fireplace heat source.
And I agree, mains gas (if you have it) is probably the cheapest energy but I'm with pineapple - I never feel properly warm in winter without a real fire!
I agree about the wood being well dried out. If you burn newly cut logs or ones that have got wet you'll get a lot of smoke in the room and it'll also mark any brickwork around the fireplace.
You shouldn't be getting smoke or discolouration in your room if the stove and flue are properly sealed and airtight - unless you customarily leave the stove door open I suppose.
"My brother recommended and installed this stove for us (Charnwood C4), heowns a log burning stove installation company in Birmingham https://www.heatash.com He recommended it as it was small and efficient.Even he was surprised by the heat output of this little beauty.
We have the defra approved version, so it isn’t ascontrollable as the standard. It also has the multifuel kit so the fire box iseven smaller than it normally is. This is the only reason I’ve rated it down, otherwise it is really is excellent. It is really small, sodon’t expect it to burn all night long on a single load, it just hasn’t got thecapacity. But the heat output is much improved over a similar sized stove as itdoesn’t have firebricks inside, just an extra steel plate.
It does heat our 3 bed 1920’s house without cavity walls allon it’s own (writing this in November), we are well impressed. Very chuffedwith this stove, although we will be buying a bigger version next year andmoving this one to the front room. Mainly due to it being undersized, so may evenbuy another of the same."