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Which woodburning stove is the best?
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Ive seen and read about it before and still think the same about it now.
We have a Clearview Pioneer 400 set at one end of a lounge plus dining room which total about 12m. by 5m. [average] . The heat output is adequate but temperature distribution around the rooms is uneven. We've had the stove since 1997 and find its performance to be excellent - easy to light and rapid heating up due to the very controllable draft. We had it installed when the bungalow was built so we have the pukkah pumice block chimney rather than a liner and an underfloor draught. The stove is intended as a back up in case electricity fails and oil c.h. won't work so we don't use it very often
We've got the Pioneer Oven. We put it in as part of a house revamp, also thinking it would be a back up if gas or electricity were out but it is so easy to use and makes the room so comfortable, we have it on a lot. Being able to slow cook your dinner while the house is kept snug is an added bonus.
Thanks for the post - which brand of heatlogs did you use? There seem to be several variations, and a fair spread pricewise once delivery is taken into account.
By my reckoning you must have used 4800-5000 kwh worth of heat logs.
The average 3 bedroom house uses 25000 kwh per year to heat (source.) Heating the same house (including water) to the same level using heat logs would cost £1450. The same energy using mains gas would have cost around £1150 depending on the tariff.
I'm surprised I've only used one fifth of the average family home! My house is a 2 bedroom bungalow type house, 200 years old this August.
I'm going to get a few bags of normal logs to keep me going through the warmer months. For next winter I'll most probably try some of Greenfires heat logs.
I may even put a chimney lining in during the summer.
Forgot to say no gas available.
By the way Gloomendoom, your source of heating use also say a 3 bed bungalow uses less electric than a one bedroom bungalow???
I know. Daft isn't it.
We live in a gas heated 3 bed semi built 250-300 years ago and use far less (gas) to heat the place than those average figures suggest is necessary. I think it all comes down to level of heat you find comfortable. We are happy to wear sweaters indoors whereas I know people who only regard a house as warm enough if they can lounge around in shorts and tee shirts.
I was actually quite impressed by the cost of the heat logs compared to gas. The difference was a lot less than I was expecting.
Logs would work out about two thirds the cost but, with the heatlogs I can stack them 17 boxes high in the bedroom and they look 'fairly' tidy.