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Mo

Rayburn and Combi backup

The house we're buying has an old solid fuel Aga with an unknown history.
We are planning to replace it with a multi fuel Rayburn which will do the heating & hot water too.

Lorraine - you have a combi boiler run on LPG for your summer hot water. Was it costly to have two systems put in, or did you have one system up and running first?

Just wondering if we need an alternative to the Rayburn. Does anyone else use a range all year round? I mean, the way our summers have disappeared over the past few years, I'm thinking why not keep it lit?
chicken feed

we run a rayburn 355m through winter which heats the water, rads and the oven. during the summer (haha) we switch to the electric oven siting next to the rayburn and emmersion for the water. works well for us, and the use of 4 ovens and 6 hot plates are a godsend if your cooking large dinners.
colour it green

we have a gas rayburn - we let it out in the summer due to the sheer cost - plus the fact the kitchen gets too hot.  We have a cooker too - and we used to use immersion heater for hot water but more recently fitted an economic boiler - we are on mains here though. At our last house we had combi on LPG - problem with that is it was always a hassle to get them to deliver gas.

Think carefully what your ultimate plan might be  - so if you end up buying a new tank you have the right set up. we have a heat store with enough coils to accommodate the future plans of wood fired rayburn and the solar tubes. - first we have to replace the roof so we are slow at getting there - but ultimately the gas boiler should just top up everyting else making hot water and heating.
Mo

Cheers guys  

We were thinking of a bog standard electric oven to do summer cooking duties, and we have also pondered an immersion heater but we both remember them being thought expensive to run by our parents.
Still, there's only the two of us and how many baths do you really need, eh? There's enough rain in Cumbria, we just have to take a bar of soap out into the yard...

We're going to be taking it slowly so hopefully we shall get everything done in the right order.
horace

Mo wrote:
Cheers guys

We were thinking of a bog standard electric oven to do summer cooking duties, and we have also pondered an immersion heater but we both remember them being thought expensive to run by our parents.
Still, there's only the two of us and how many baths do you really need, eh? There's enough rain in Cumbria, we just have to take a bar of soap out into the yard...

We're going to be taking it slowly so hopefully we shall get everything done in the right order.
 I thought said you were not going to say where you moving to
Mo

I'd already confessed it was Cumbria in another post somewhere on here. It's a big county  
sod

We use a solid fuel burner (wood) all year round for cooking and hot water, only way we have as threw electric cooker out when we moved the house here and I never wired the water heater up    Great even through the long hot summers here    
Lorrainelovesplants

When we moved here we had 1 draughty woodburner - that was it.
So John ordered an LPG combi boiler and rads and installed the lot himself (no help).  We moved in Oct and it was finally up and running in Jan (we didnt have money to have it installed - 10 rads, combi boiler, no tank - so with this we have a rad in every room and 1 in the hall.  It also gives us instant hot water.

To this we decided to replace the wood burner in the living room with a new one with a backboiler.  We did this as a seperate system - so this also gives us HW (seperate tap at kitchen sink and at bath) - might sound a bit odd but we are used to shouting "use the third tap".
There are also rads in 3 beds and the bathroom (so now our bed & the kids rooms have 2 rads in them.  We are in a bungalow and this end of the house has condensation issues (we now know because of replacement windows).  We have a tank in the loft and a cylinder in a hall cupboard for this system.
If you have an up and down house you'll have to look at it differently.
We use enough wood during the year to have considerably lessened our LPG consumption - from 1700 to 700 2 years ago.

Personally I wouldnt have an aga - Im a woodburner girl.
debbie

my neighbour has a solid fuel rayburn with back boiler that runs her central heating and hot water - in the summer - ok when its hot weather she lets it go out and uses the electric oven and hob - the hot water is topped up with the emersion heater.

We have oil fired heating and hot water but haven't used it in 8 years - mostly because of the cost of oil but also because with our woods our wood is free so we use the woodburner for heating - no back boiler though unfortunately.  we use the immersion heater for hot water - an hour in the morning and one in the evening is just about right.  I did consider getting 500 ltrs of oil for hot water only but when I worked out how long it would last and compared it to the cost of the immersion the immersion won hands down.
Mo

Thanks Lorraine, that's really helpful, especially because the property is a bungalow  
Unfortunately Aga no longer do solid/multi fuel that can do the central heating, just the Rayburn range which they also make.
If you go with only wood burning I think you only pay 5% VAT.

Thanks Debbie, it's good to hear from someone using an immersion.
The property currently has its LPG supply from bottles which makes me nervous and I've been leaning towards an immersion heater.

Lots to think about....
chicken feed

after the 1st winter here we had decided the LPG had to go 136 per month to heat the house 6 - 8 & 5 - 10 & cooking (the water was on emersion). lord knows how much it would cost these days that was 9ish years ago.
Mo

Eek!

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