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TokaS

Wood burner advice

Hi there. I'm after a woodburner.   Finally decided with the access I have to wood and having a conservatory that needs heating for use.  I want a small 4.5kw one and have come across these makes.
Vespa (handy cos they are local to me)
Kresnic
Saltfire

Trouble is I know nothing of burners.  Only want to spend around 300.  Looks like they are all cast iron which isn't a problem as long as I am careful with it.

Any and all advice welcomed.

Thanks
bodger

Hi.

First of all, I'd advise you to purchase a multi-fuel stove rather than just a wood burner. We have two in the house and have never burnt anything but wood on them. Having the multi fuel type of stove does give us that measure of flexibility though if we ever have to burn coal.

I haven't heard of those makes but then again there are hundreds of companies out there making and selling them. I'd always go for cast iron over steel. I believe that the former holds and gives out more heat.

I swear by Dunsley as a make that I'd recommend. They're not the cheapest but they're far from being the most expensive too. A good company with good back up for spares etc.
TokaS

Thanks Bodge! !

Yeah me being lazy...it's a multi burner ill get I just call them all wood burners lol.

That's what I'd heard about cast...just have to watch the cracking issue but did hear that's cos some use bad cast iron so a more reputable company may be best...

Cheers
perlogalism

I've got 2 cast and 2 steel burners and couldn't say which is "better". They both work fine.

The only advice I could give is to avoid the super clean - tertiary burn types. In my (limited) experience they seem to need kiln dried wood to work properly! At the price point you're looking at though, I wouldn't think that would be an issue  

You WILL need spares, if only the firebricks and glass so a local (or at least UK) made fire would be better than a cheap Chinese one. Other than that, you can't go far wrong. If it's in a Conservatory and you've got some basic DIY skills AND know the risks, then you can save a fortune and install it yourself. Yes, I know it's illegal but it ain't rocket science and we've been doing this sort of thing for thousands of years  
TokaS

Cheers...yeah its the cheap imports I want to avoid tbh.  Think one of these uses cast iron plates instead of firebrick too which may help.

I've a mate who installs them. My only problem is the chimney will only be supported by wall for the first meter so I will have to get another mate at the steel supplier to make me some brackets and sort a 2.5m length of stainless rod or similar to attach and support the remaining chimney pieces.  Not hard to do just not the regular.  

Thanks
olde9856

We have a clearview in the living room and an Esse wood fired Ironheart in the kitchen. Both are very good, but the Clearview is more efficient in its burn and much easier to manipulate. The Esse is very much either burning brightly or sitting sulking with no in between. Clearview would be my choice but they are pricey!
TokaS

Yeah clearview is too pricey and don't some in a 4.5kw unfortunately....  I'm looking at everything costing under a grand.
bodger

The Dunsley looks to be identical in quality to the Clearview.  We went to see the latter at their showroom in Ludlow, the price was astronomic. The Dunsley has the same air flow system.

This is the one that we've got and we love it but you can get it quite a bit cheaper than this if you shop around.


http://www.stovesareus.co.uk/bran...multifuel-wood-burning-stove.html
TokaS

They do look good... with it being only a 10'x10' room I've been advised to try to get a 4 or 4.5kw one otherwise it'll just be too hot.  I can open the door into the rest of the house though but am trying to go under 5kw if I can.  :-)
bodger

That one or half a watt wont make much difference. They are extremely controllable and you can choose whether to have it cranked right up or in slumber mode. We must have had ours for well over five years now without a hitch.
TokaS

That's good to know!! I'll have a look at the full range too :-)
bodger

Blimey ! We had it fitted back in 2008   Time flies !

http://overthegate.myfreeforum.or...t10858.html&highlight=dunsley
perlogalism

bodger wrote:
The Dunsley looks to be identical in quality to the Clearview. We went to see the latter at their showroom in Ludlow, the price was astronomic. The Dunsley has the same air flow system.l


Clearviews' are made just a few miles from us and we know plenty of people who have and swear by them. I simply could not justify the asking price though, it's nuts!

Mine are a couple of second hand Morso Squirrels and a couple of new tiny Aarrow Acorn 4's. I'm well impressed with both.
bodger

The cheap Chinese made ones are so cheap that it doesn't really matter if they only last a few years.
I'd love a big cooking range but first of all, we can't afford one, then we haven't got the space and most importantly, Karen would rather switch on the electric than stoke up an oven. As romantic as they are, unfortunately they aren't that practical for us. Its a shame.
Border

You can't go wrong with any type of morso, we have had the same cast iron morso squirrel, in the sitting room for the last 27 years, just change the bricks 8-9 seasons and smoke plate every 3-4 seasons.

Had no problem with it at all.
olde9856

We had a Morso squirrel at th old house and one of our boys has one in his boat and swears by it. Ours s very good but e tended to burn smokeless fuel then rather than wood
Justme

My next door neighbour make these.

http://www.chillipenguin.co.uk/
bodger

Richard, I popped into his shop in town for a look at them. They looked fabulous but nearly fell over when I saw  the asking price.      
bodger

Richard, I popped into his shop in town for a look at them. They looked fabulous but nearly fell over when I saw the asking price.

Not unsurprisingly, their website doesn't show any prices.

http://www.chillipenguin.co.uk/
HonkHonk

Well I don't know how much you would expect to pay for one in a building but 400 dosent sound a lot in the long term considering you will want this to outlive yourself lol.
I got one for my van it is a burner, oven, and hotplate on top, I have cooked a roast meal in it. Mine cost 640 including fitting - stack pipe, fire board etc.
I got it from a guy Bath.

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HonkHonk



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