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    Log Burners

    Now that weíre back in uk and the weather is beginning to cool, Mrs John has decided she wants a log burner. After over 20 years of trying to stay cool, we donít know much about them.

    Iím assuming that there are a wide range of brands / qualities and that to some extent you get what you pay for.

    Any tips of things to look for, recommended brands or brands to avoid etc

    Thanks in advance


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    Perhaps it is just a language / terminology issue but would a multi fuel stove not be better than a log burner?
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    I bought and fitted a Clarke Carlton from Machinemart and fitted it myself. It burns wood or coal and is superb.
    I am now a confirmed but warm wood pikey

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    They are heavy and last forever, brand unimportant, KW is important, more KW you buy the bigger the stove is and hotter it gets. use heat logs, hard wood heat logs preferably. They are good, I love mine as much as my shearwater 👍

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    Check the smokeless zone rules where you live. They are starting to realise that whilst wood burners whilst carbon neutral in effect (typically the wood burnt is less than 30 years old) they do emit particulates so it may be a problem in a conurbation.

    Get a carbon monoxide alarm - your house insurance may demand that.

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    We have a Woodwarm 9kW and at full blast it makes a decent sized room too hot so we tend to run it just on one side to save fuel and provide a comfortable heat - when it is too hot we throw the doors to the rest of the house open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulo View Post
    Perhaps it is just a language / terminology issue but would a multi fuel stove not be better than a log burner?
    Multi fuel stoves, is complicated in the U.K. now

    Wood burners: Most polluting fuels to be banned in the home https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51581817

    So while they started banning multi fuel stoves the gov U turned 🤷☺♀️ again and itís targeting the fuels. So your self cut wood would be a no no here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrygoss View Post
    Multi fuel stoves, is complicated in the U.K. now

    Wood burners: Most polluting fuels to be banned in the home https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51581817

    So while they started banning multi fuel stoves the gov U turned ��☺♀️ again and it’s targeting the fuels. So your self cut wood would be a no no here

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    The irony is that my self cut timber is probably drier than the commercial stuff as I am not under commercial pressure to use it. I have stuff drying 2, 3 even 4 years
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    I opened up a fire place a couple of years ago and am currently looking at the Clarkes range at machine Mart. I get big bags of dried logs delivered. I have been stockpiling bags of coal as they may get difficult to obtain soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulo View Post
    The irony is that my self cut timber is probably drier than the commercial stuff as I am not under commercial pressure to use it. I have stuff drying 2, 3 even 4 years
    You can still burn whatever you like here, you just can't sell it. Which is probably a good thing because a lot of what gets sold was shit.

    But like everything, the Tories even managed to fuck that up as well. You can still sell wet wood in "bulk" (2 builders bags so not exactly a huge amount) as long as you stick a leaflet it in it about how to season it. So there's still plenty of places selling shitty softwood that was cut yesterday that burns like a smoke grenade. But it's cheap and there's tax to collect so never mind.

    I buy mine from a saw mill that has its own hardwood plantation. A lot of cheaper places it's birch from eastern Europe and the Baltic. How the "green" credentials of logs that have travelled 1200 miles stacks up against other fuels, not sure about that.

    The pisser was banning house coal. Smokeless is shit. It's a pain to get going, takes ages to get up to heat and costs a fortune. I could just stick a hot air gun in a pile of coal for a couple of minutes and it was off and blazing. My house is in the arse end of nowhere, no gas main, so my stove is my main heating in winter. Coal was fantastic. It was cheap, burnt all day and the only things breathing my emissions were the deer and the people next door. But they're scousers so I couldn't care less.
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    We have a Jotul F3, in our previous cottage which was very prone to power outages we had the same model which we often used as a primary heat source. We also have a Caframo eco fan on top of the stove. https://ecofan.caframobrands.com/
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