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Offline GeordieBorn

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Re: Winter prep
« Reply #45 on: October 18, 2017, 03:01:49 PM »
OliveOyl that also looks a brute! I just wondered how you swap between fuels. I guess it makes no difference for pellets and sansa as they will feed in the same way, but does wood have a different means of access. Also how do you stop the pellet/sansa feed when using wood?


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Re: Winter prep
« Reply #46 on: October 18, 2017, 07:06:06 PM »
It has an electronic selector - when you use wood, the hopper screw doesn't feed into the main boiler. It's a lot easier to use pellets/nocciolino cos you just fill the hopper up and let it do its own things once you've adjusted the flow rate. With wood, you have to open the furnace door (carefully!) and throw a lot of logs in. It's actually less controllable with wood - you just put less in and that's about as technical as it gets but of course if you have your own wood, a bit of wastage doesn't matter. Last year we heated the house all winter for nothing - win, win 😊 We'd never come across anything like this but it makes perfect sense here as long as you have the space for it.

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Re: Winter prep
« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2017, 09:40:08 PM »
Thank you very much OliveOyl, it sounds wonderful. They are not common in the UK, but there are a number around that burn just about anything and with logs some have a feeder type hopper, but not too sure how well this works… Like I’ve said, it sounds the ideal way to go for anyone looking to instal a new system.

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Re: Winter prep
« Reply #48 on: October 19, 2017, 08:47:07 AM »
The first winter we were here, our combination gas boiler couldn't cope trying to heat the house even though it was on 24/7 and we got through our gas tank in less than 2 months. As our drive is very steep, there would be no way a gas tanker could or would get down to us in bad conditions to fill up so we had to change how the heating was fed. It cost in total together with a 1000 litre puffer for hot water and installation, which took best part of 2 weeks as there were lots of tubes and ducts and pumps to install, 9.5k and we've probably already recouped at least half the cost over the last 2 winters plus of course got peace of mind that we won't run out of fuel during the winter! Considering it cost 4K to put in a much less complex gas boiler in the UK 10 years ago, we thought it was a pretty good deal and luckily we did have the money cos at the time the exchange rate was good. Sadly we couldn't take advantage of the 65% detrazione fiscale but that would have made it an even better deal 😊

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Re: Winter prep
« Reply #49 on: October 19, 2017, 10:28:59 AM »
Great info OliveOyl for anyone in the future looking to replace their heating.