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The small fans that distribute the heat are excellent, the heat of the stove turns the blades, made all the difference with ours, get a good one and they turn freely and don’t squeak!
 

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The small fans that distribute the heat are excellent, the heat of the stove turns the blades, made all the difference with ours, get a good one and they turn freely and don’t squeak!
We only have a small room so I imagine even the smallest stove will be able to heat the room without a fan.
 

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I like that, I am not looking forward to having the chimney opened up (so it looks like yours) but once done it'll be great.
It’s some mess Chippy but worth it, this is our small stoveE63A5D39-957D-40E9-AE1E-CB76A0CE55E5.png
 

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My electric fan is 60W. A stove fan is less than 1W! I do have one but it faces backwards so that it draws cool air over the heatsink. It does lower the surface temperature of the bricks behind the stove but the effect is minimal. I think they are a big con.
 

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I lovey stovax wood burner, and have had stoves in all our houses since I was a nipper.
Simple, cheap and effective source of heat. If it's the right size and output for your room and you run it correctly it can be incredibly efficient and cheap to run.
However that's the thing, most people don't run them correctly or understand how to use the controls and either burn to quickly or throttle too much.

As for fans, worth their weight in gold. I ditched the thermo-electric one in our living room and now use a little rechargable electric fan. Placed in front of the fire blowing cold air from ground level underneath the stove, you can feel an immediate rush of hot air pouring out from the top. Battery lasts about 10hours between charges and the fan is near silent.
 

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I agree about paying for a better stove. They are all Kw rated, be careful not to get one that will make your room too warm it will be unbearable. Mine is massive and 13Kw it gets boiling. Hardly use any oil to heat the rest of the house. Did recently consider installing another one, in the garden room to heat the back of the house but couldn't justify the cost.
 

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I agree about paying for a better stove. They are all Kw rated, be careful not to get one that will make your room too warm it will be unbearable. Mine is massive and 13Kw it gets boiling. Hardly use any oil to heat the rest of the house. Did recently consider installing another one, in the garden room to heat the back of the house but couldn't justify the cost.
That's a very good point. Ours is rated at 7kW in normal use and it heats the entire kitchen easily. Which is quite big, especially with the vaulted ceiling. The thing with a stove is that you can't run it a quarter full, it's got to have a decent charge of fuel in there. So if you get one that's too big and try to run it on a little wood, it just won't work.

The fire's right down at the bottom in the corner.


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And with a back boiler, it can heat radiators around the house.
 

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We only have a small room so I imagine even the smallest stove will be able to heat the room without a fan.
lounge isn’t huge, the fan just seems to distribute the heat evenly, I was sceptical at first but have to admit it’s made a real difference you seem to feel the heat all over the room when before you had cold spots, a friend got one at Aldi just as good as ours which cost three times as much! Ours is an Esse
We only have a small room so I imagine even the smallest stove will be able to heat the room without a fan.
 

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As much as I like normal coal to look at when its burning, I only ever burn smokeless now. It's extraordinary how dirty normal coal is, I had to repaint a room after using it for a couple of months. Really put me off it
 

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As much as I like normal coal to look at when its burning, I only ever burn smokeless now. It's extraordinary how dirty normal coal is, I had to repaint a room after using it for a couple of months. Really put me off it
Last time we had a coal fire, we all smoked fags anyway and the room was always a nice yellowy-brown as I recall.
 

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I am always amazed how hot upstairs gets when the fire is on. We moved the kids in the bedrooms that has the chimney running through them. Both are very toastie.

I don't think wood prices will raise locally. Every man and their dog sells seasoned or kiln dried wood. Everyone as trees on their land. I pay £50 for 2 tonne delivered, always hardwood, most is too good to burn.
 

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I am always amazed how hot upstairs gets when the fire is on. We moved the kids in the bedrooms that has the chimney running through them. Both are very toastie.

I don't think wood prices will raise locally. Every man and their dog sells seasoned or kiln dried wood. Everyone as trees on their land. I pay £50 for 2 tonne delivered, always hardwood, most is too good to burn.
thats a very good price your paying for logs. its £50 for one of them builders dumpy bags around my area. total rip off
 

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As far as cars go its like vhs and Betamax, the way forward is hydrogen not electric, this is the way forward https://uk.motor1.com/news/378785/hydrogen-taxis-million-miles-london/ but the one with the most profit for share holders will win
Hydrogen has many advantages over electric and petrol/diesel mainly in fuel density, but 1 major down side is it uses electricity to make the hydrogen and once you factor in compressing it and distributing it it uses at least 4-5 times more electricity than a battery car.
 

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thats a very good price your paying for logs. its £50 for one of them builders dumpy bags around my area. total rip off
I pay £45 for a dumpy bag of kiln-dried logs. If you think what you pay is a rip-off it must be easy to find it for a lower price. If not, it's probably a fair price.
 

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Hydrogen has many advantages over electric and petrol/diesel mainly in fuel density, but 1 major down side is it uses electricity to make the hydrogen and once you factor in compressing it and distributing it it uses at least 4-5 times more electricity than a battery car.
Hi Simon, if that electricity is wind or tidal produced it meets the end game which is zero emissions unlike batterie's which use up chemicals that are mined and are harmful to man and the environment, Check this out https://newenergycoalition.org/en/hydrogen-valley/this is the to achieve zero emissions
 

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if that electricity is wind or tidal produced it meets the end game which is zero emissions unlike batterie's
The problem is if all us coal burners switch to electric and all diesel drivers (i am one) switch to electric cars there wont be enough electricity to go round as most of us will be charging our cars and running heating from the time we get home from work until morning.
 

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What annoys me about this is: The legislation is being produced to stop yuppies in the likes of London polluting their own streets by burning unseasoned wood in the wood burning stoves they bought so as they could pretend to their friends at dinner parties that they were somehow saving the planet (ignoring the range rovers and other chelsea tractors parked outside)

The result is that considerably poorer people who live out in the countryside, who have never been stupid enough to burn unseasoned wood in the first place, will now undoubtedly ave to pay a lot more money to buy wood that has been kiln dried. And do note that many of these people live well away from mains gas so they have few alternatives to keep warm.

More stupid rules that impact far more on the poor.
 
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