Tow Itch wrote:
I am enthralled by solid fuel stoves. Many years ago I worked for the NCB / British Coal and ended up selling bulk domestic solid fuel.
I was first trying to work out what size it was as it looked too small to be within a house. Trying to guess if the tile marks were off standard 6" tiles.
Found a company still trading under the same name but they have no historical references on their page. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Found a posh looking one on a site relating to eBay sales [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Lots of Zebo required to make yours look like that. A a perfunctuary wire brush and Zebo covers a multitude of sins. I don't know if they put the instructions on the tube but just rubbing it on gives a matt black finish. A slight going over with a brush when dry produces a half gloss and going over harshly with a brush and cloth produces a shinier dark grey anthracite finish.
Another one on eBay but in less good condition [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
The first one with not only the size listed but the bars on top gave me a clue as to where these may have been used. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
This is a man I feel you would empathise with. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Think I got all confused about you saying it went into a slot where a boiler used to stand. Didn't you mean it used to be there and you took it out refurbished it and re installed it? Otherwise it being a "controlled" service you are due all sorts of grief. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Sorry it's a farming area you live in isn't it. Does that loosely translate to Building Regulations don't think we have them here. The site I pulled that PDF from is The Solid Fuel Association loads of useful info there. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Your original statement about it being a wood burner. It all depends on the grate if it's a solid plate its made to burn wood if it has a grate then it's for coal/ solid fuel.
If you get bitten by the bug lots of bigger stoves and ranges crop up from the disillusioned on eBay. I'd say solid fuel is worthwhile if: 1)You find it so attractive that you don't mind the effort. 2) There is someone home all day then as they work best by ticking over all day they do become economic. If you had someone such as an elderly relative living with you who feels the cold they can be ideal.
3) Coal can still be bought relatively cheaply in bulk but manufactured smokeless is expensive, anthracite variable. However if you have access to free or cheap wood and will do a bit of work wood can be very cheap. It's more possible for the working person as it reaches temperature more quickly and as it doesn't idle for as long your not paying for a fire that is burning 4 hours after you went to bed. All woods need more frequent fuelling than coal, softwoods especially so. Though if you have a sawmill, timber merchant or just a joiners shop nearby that is paying to dispose of its waste free wood could power the stove in the evenings for 9 months of the year cutting down on central heating use or if the stove is powering a CH system then coal or manufactured fuel used for 3 months of the year.
As wood is considered carbon neutral you can get grants on wood and multifuel stoves. There are DEFRA approved stoves that burn wood smokelessly for those that live in smoke control zones.