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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by GeordieBorn on Today at 10:28:59 AM »
Great info OliveOyl for anyone in the future looking to replace their heating.
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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by Olive Oyl on Today at 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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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by GeordieBorn on Yesterday at 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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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by Olive Oyl on Yesterday at 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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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by GeordieBorn on Yesterday at 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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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by Olive Oyl on Yesterday at 01:06:47 PM »
We have the Ecosystem basement boiler with a Puffer for storing excess heat in hot water form so that our underfloor heating works whether the boiler is operating or not (once it gets up to temperature.) You can get smaller ones if you just want to use pellets - it would be the size of the unit on the left in that case. We find it's brilliant - best buy we made!

http://www.casadellastufa.it/ecosystem-caldaie-basamento.html
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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by GeordieBorn on Yesterday at 11:49:36 AM »
This D'alessandro site (same Company make as we have) gives an example of what a sansa boiler looks like. A quick at the CS30-100 (look more like ours) PDF indicates they have come on somewhat since our old model, but are still big brutes circa 1m high and 1.7M wide. I could not see any prices, but this site gives an idea for at least one of the types. I would guess installation costs would not e cheap here.
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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by Vignaverde on Yesterday at 10:56:37 AM »
Rusty if you type termocamino ad aria forzata into google you can see examples of the type of fireplace. There are 2 tubes which go to the outside of the house to bring in fresh air, the air goes into 2 chambers which are warmed up by the heat from the fire and then blown around your house.
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General Discussion / Re: Online global weather map
« Last post by Rustychain on October 17, 2017, 08:58:43 PM »
And that hurricane has now dissipated but it looks like there's something juicy brewing in the mid Atlantic!
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General Discussion / Re: Winter prep
« Last post by Venatore on October 17, 2017, 08:05:08 AM »
Sounds like a more high tech version. Mine has no pump, alarm, bells or whistles but simply moved water around the radiators and water tank via a hot feed pipe and a cooler return pipe with the advantage that whenever the power went off it still kept working. The disadvantages were of course you still had to feed it, clean out the ash and it was seldom still going by morning but as a efficient way of providing hot water and heating for a whole house from an open fire it was pretty magnificent if you had an ample wood supply.
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