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Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 16 8:56 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

We're still trying to sell our property, that's why I don't want to lash out too much if I can help it.

onemanband



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 16 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There is a warning somewhere on ebay (and I think I've linked to it here before) about cheap stoves with fake ce plates etc.
I bought a cheapy, but from a reputable shop that also sells expensive stoves.
I've not used an expensive stove so I can't compare, but I've no complaints.
http://www.gr8fires.co.uk/mazona-aston-5-5-kw-multi-fuel-stove
It's been my only heat for 4 years - runs 24/7 over winter. Had to replace baffle plate last year - new part was in stock, no problem.

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 3977
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 16 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If that is your reasoning Bodger,possibly a compromise would be a 2nd hand branded make,my neighbour picked up a nice Hunter on e-bay for 150,surprising how many people take them out when they realise purchased wood is not cheap and cutting your own is hard work.

When I was looking for one I was surprised at the price of some of the branded makes,a lot on here recommended Clearview,but I ended up getting a Parkray,with all the same features at a 1/3rd of the price.

I looked at loads of different makes but found the cheaper Chinese cast iron ones very light compared with other makes.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 16 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've been going through the adds on E- bay for a couple of days now, second hand is a definite possibility.

On Monday, we intend visiting a couple of the fairly local stove showrooms. Up to St Asaph and then cross country to one in Oswestry.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 16 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

onemanband wrote:
There is a warning somewhere on ebay (and I think I've linked to it here before) about cheap stoves with fake ce plates etc.
I bought a cheapy, but from a reputable shop that also sells expensive stoves.
I've not used an expensive stove so I can't compare, but I've no complaints.
http://www.gr8fires.co.uk/mazona-aston-5-5-kw-multi-fuel-stove
It's been my only heat for 4 years - runs 24/7 over winter. Had to replace baffle plate last year - new part was in stock, no problem.


As long as the seals are good, that model could do for us nicely. We have a chimney that draws a heck of a lot and that's in spite f us having installed a a baffle in the flu pipe.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 16 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We ended up getting one of these but for 750.

http://www.stovesareus.co.uk/dunsley-highlander-7-log-store-multifuel-wood-burning-stove.html

We couldn't be sure about the quality of the cheaper ones and we've had the 5 KW version of 7 in the study for a number of years and we really rate it. An added bonus, is that the pipework that we have for the one that we're taking out will fit the new one exactly. Its quite a saving.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 16 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dunsley are a good make and slide in to the existing pipes is quite a saving

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 16 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes we can use the inspection hatch and the baffle in the pipes. Probably close to 200 quids worth.

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
Posts: 780
Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 16 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's a nice looking stove Bodger.
tell me will you keep 'pretty logs' in the base never to be used?

and a basket next to it for refilling

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 16 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't know how much of the heat goes downward, but always a good idea to finish of drying the logs to be used next by the fire. This does preclude using 'pretty' logs though.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 16 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've have a Highlander 5 with the log store in the study and yes, you've guessed it, I'm not allowed to burn the pretty logs. The ones that we have in situ at the moment have been there for at least two years.

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 16 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

when we got our first log fire we were all excited and nave.
I carefully arranged the wood to look nice in the store we had made.
this was a proper cheep oh range styleee we installed in the place that joined our caravans. it did the job but I wouldn't recommend

after a few days of loading it up we realised it was pointless.
we have a nice one in one of the lounges with a base store.
it does get warm ish and dries the wood off but is reserved for the visual effect too.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 16 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We managed to get the new stove fitted just in time. At half past four this afternoon, the lights flickered a few times before we had a power cut.
I used the top of the stove to do myself a romantic dinner by lamp light, of eggs and mushrooms on toast with some obligatory brown sauce.
The electricity came back at about seven.
Tomorrow I'll get rid of the excess fire cement and then tart the chimney up with a bit of 'Zeebrite'
My dinner and the stove was and is absolutely brilliant. Its blowing a right 'Hooley' here and the stove is proving to be very controllable and responsive.














We nearly had hot dogs.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 16 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my half wolf gave himself a flat top hairdo eating from a pan beside the stove

it was probably uncomfortable and dangeroos but he thought it worth it even though those that knew him laughed a lot when they saw his new do.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 16 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We bought a flat topped fire so we could use it for cooking. Generally I use it when I am doing something that needs a long time, like bolognaise or cassoulet. I also melt wax in a water bath over it, as it takes such a long time. In emergency, such as power cuts (we have a gas stove, but it doesn't work without electricity), I do any cooking on it. As we use the whole width of the fire box, I don't rake the ashes to one side to do bread etc. as some do.

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