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Re: Hot Air

So you mention one place, one 'make'?.....

This is a big investment, and as far as I am concerned, you need to look at lots of decent makes, and look on the web at reviews.

Me, I would go for cast iron too.
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<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>idun wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">So you mention one place, one 'make'?.....

This is a big investment, and as far as I am concerned, you need to look at lots of decent makes, and look on the web at reviews.

Me, I would go for cast iron too.</td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

Do you really think that I’ve got this far without considering other makes? My present woodburner is cast iron and my next one will be one too.
Very few people have actually answered the question I asked, What size poêle do you have?
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 BritinBretagne wrote:
Do you really think that I’ve got this far without considering other makes? My present woodburner is cast iron and my next one will be one too. Very few people have actually answered the question I asked, What size poêle do you have?

I picked up that you didn't want to discuss actual poeles just info on the output.  Quite wise IMO.

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My big one states 9kw and radiates heat for a VERY long time after the last log has burnt.

It heats about 38 M2, probably a bit more with a high ceiling and it is a VERY comfy 25C. And that is just how I like it on a winter's night. The fire is simply ticking over, it is not blazing with lots of flames, if I built it up it would be even hotter in here. And the soapstone is hot, so is the oven, which we could remove and have filled with more soapstone permanently.

Please remember, I live in a very old house, and it can be cold and drafty despite our best efforts, and we still manage to keep both our sejours warm!

We paid quite a bit, but a good investment.
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Don't forget Idun the more soapstone holding the heat (thermal store) the longer it will take to warm up, it's a trade of from peaks and troughs of temp with a steel stove, much quicker to warm up if you have just arrived home for instance.

The more expensive stoves do seem to have worked out how supply air hotter and in better ways than the cheaper ones.  My 9KW is a Chinese cast iron cheapo because we are not there permanently.  In the interests of furthering my understanding i copied some ideas from YouTube on pre heated secondary burn air supply and also replaced the awful factory baffle plate which really improved the heat output from the stove and lessened the wasted heat up the chimney.

By itself I don't believe the heat output figures are such a great idea. The family have a big old useless wood burner that heats upstairs and the Loire valley better than it heats the lounge.

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LOL Teapot, I had a Turbo Fonte cast iron insert in France for 25 years, so know what a 'normal' fire throws out and how quickly.

This one, well, once lit, I would say that the room was significantly warmer within about 15 to 20 minutes, and yes, it does take a while for the soapstone to heat up, but the cast iron insert just works like any other fire and is radiating it's heat out into the room during this time and in fact my oven is up to about 150c before all the soapstone is hot I would say within half an hour, 40 minutes.

Before I went to bed last night, it was over 28c in this room, as there was only me left up, so the door to the hall way was closed, instead of open enough to let some of the heat out.


Would I recommend what I have, yes, I would, as long as there was direct external air input, and very very dry wood. But I think I would give Willach a try too, in spite of the price. I reckon that would be a good investment.

We buy kiln dry wood now, expensive but worth it. We have gone from lots of land to a handkerchief garden (thank goodness), so not a sufficient storage area for several years drying wood.

We used to buy wood in our village in France, but sometimes, it was not dry in spite of their assuring us that it was. And it was very expensive, even in the early 80's £60 a tonne and we used several tonnes a year. When I first came on here, it was really cheap in other regions, but inspite of there being forests that were designated to cut in our area, it was dear.

In the end we would buy about 20 tonnes at a time and have it drying for several years, that worked!

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12 KW
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We have just had a wood delivery so I am now burning the new wood which is dry and 2 years old. Well so I am told. Looks dry !!!

The house is less hot.

Next year when it is stacked properly and dried out more in the sun the house will rock when it is burnt.

So what i am saying is that, it is a question of wood and insulation. How powerful your poêle is will not compensate for these two factors.

Yours sincerely ALBF... expert on everything.
ner ner nee ner ner!!
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