Friday, 9 February 2007

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It's still snowing - but it's not really settling, thankfully.

B didn't come home last night because of the icy roads and his late finish - and the fact that he had a lunchime meeting in Manchester today; it would be pretty depressing for him to be snowed out for the weekend and me to be snowed in.

In the meantime, the boiler's having another fit - I am busy investigating the various thermostats that it seems to be ignoring in favour of doing it's own thing. We've got through nearly a tank of oil since the week before Christmas, which is about £250 a pop, so not having it going full-tilt with no means of turning it off would be nice.

Roll on getting the woodburner and the rayburn fitted - at least I understand how they work . Shove more wood on - house gets hotter. Shove less wood on - house gets colder. The more moving parts something has, the more parts there are to a) understand and b) fix when they blow up.

Not ACTUALLY blow up, I hasten to add. Hopefully, anyway. But you know what I mean.

It does seem almost impossible to get someone to come out and have a look at the system though - we've been waiting a month now for a chap from Derwas in Welshpool. I suppose it's a heating-engineer's busy season; but it would nice to have a date for getting it sorted, even if the date is in the summer.

Right. Must go and bash heating pump with a hammer.

19 comments:

  1. Back in Montana, my parents learned to solve the heating (expense) problem by purchasing two karosene heaters. They also only turn the whole house heat on in the evening. I have to admit, it was chilly when I was home for Christmas, but those little heaters are nice to cuddle with!

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  2. At £250 a tank for oil it makes ground source heat pumps financially viable...

    The only problem with GSHP's is they work best with underfloor heating.

    Have you thought about a biomass boiler? mind you I seem to remember you can get Aga's with boilers attached to them can't you

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  3. At £250 a tank for oil it makes ground source heat pumps financially viable...

    The only problem with GSHP's is they work best with underfloor heating.

    Have you thought about a biomass boiler? mind you I seem to remember you can get Aga's with boilers attached to them can't you

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  4. ldbug - we've got an open fireplace in the little sitting room, which is where the woodburner is hopefully going to go (with a back boiler). So we should only need to light that when we actually need the heat downstairs - and the rest of the house will kind of get heated incidentally. In theory, anyway. At the moment though, the open fire actually seems to make the house colder - most of the heat goes up the chimney and it creates a draft :/.

    AFC 30K - Yes, we thought about that. But the capital cost would be an issue for us and underfloor heating is a no-no without a huge amount of additional expense, because the downstairs floors are concrete.

    We looked at biomass boilers - they seem reasonable to put in (although see capital expenditure issue) - about £6K I think, and you can get grants, particularly if you work at home. However, I don't like the idea of being tied in to one source of fuel and the quality of the wood-pellets seems very variable. I also like the idea of having a radiant heat source in the room, which of course they don't give you.

    However, I've managed to stop whatever Bad Thing was happening with the thermostat by hitting the heating pump with a hammer.

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  5. ldbug - we've got an open fireplace in the little sitting room, which is where the woodburner is hopefully going to go (with a back boiler). So we should only need to light that when we actually need the heat downstairs - and the rest of the house will kind of get heated incidentally. In theory, anyway. At the moment though, the open fire actually seems to make the house colder - most of the heat goes up the chimney and it creates a draft :/.

    AFC 30K - Yes, we thought about that. But the capital cost would be an issue for us and underfloor heating is a no-no without a huge amount of additional expense, because the downstairs floors are concrete.

    We looked at biomass boilers - they seem reasonable to put in (although see capital expenditure issue) - about £6K I think, and you can get grants, particularly if you work at home. However, I don't like the idea of being tied in to one source of fuel and the quality of the wood-pellets seems very variable. I also like the idea of having a radiant heat source in the room, which of course they don't give you.

    However, I've managed to stop whatever Bad Thing was happening with the thermostat by hitting the heating pump with a hammer.

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  6. Have only just caught up with your blog and your news. Absolutely brilliant, and congratulations. Wishing you all the best

    Jan

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  7. Have only just caught up with your blog and your news. Absolutely brilliant, and congratulations. Wishing you all the best

    Jan

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  8. My great-grandad said there was nothing you couldn't do as long as there was a hammer in your tool box and you had a spade - go get that boiler!!

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  9. My great-grandad said there was nothing you couldn't do as long as there was a hammer in your tool box and you had a spade - go get that boiler!!

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  10. Do be careful with that hammer, Ally!

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  11. Do be careful with that hammer, Ally!

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  12. Oh arse - I can so identify with the boiler bit! We once lived in a house where the supposedly excellent boiler had three settings: 1. buggered and needing to be reset with some mysterious button which only our landlord could find, and 2. going full-tilt and about to become buggered, and finally 3. dead as a dodo.

    Let's have a woodburner race! :)

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  13. Oh arse - I can so identify with the boiler bit! We once lived in a house where the supposedly excellent boiler had three settings: 1. buggered and needing to be reset with some mysterious button which only our landlord could find, and 2. going full-tilt and about to become buggered, and finally 3. dead as a dodo.

    Let's have a woodburner race! :)

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  14. We have a woodburner that only heats the two downstairs rooms. The rest is heated by oil and, yes, we've just had another £250 bill since just before Xmas, too, grrr! When this bill arrived I bravely kept the heat off in the daytime, for one whole day, bugger being cold. cheers, kaz :D

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  15. We have a woodburner that only heats the two downstairs rooms. The rest is heated by oil and, yes, we've just had another £250 bill since just before Xmas, too, grrr! When this bill arrived I bravely kept the heat off in the daytime, for one whole day, bugger being cold. cheers, kaz :D

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  16. The joys or renewable energy...

    Working for a house builder as I do it is a daily struggle to combine doing our bit for the environment and being able to afford to install the stuff.

    We once did a development with log burning stoves, backboilers and open fires and all our residents jast wanted nice clean (planet distroying) elctric heaters.....

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  17. The joys or renewable energy...

    Working for a house builder as I do it is a daily struggle to combine doing our bit for the environment and being able to afford to install the stuff.

    We once did a development with log burning stoves, backboilers and open fires and all our residents jast wanted nice clean (planet distroying) elctric heaters.....

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  18. AFC 30K - I think that's my biggest worry actually - at the moment it's so easy to put the heating on with a flick of a switch; but when we get sorted it'll be a case of remembering to stoke the fire and having to light it in the mornings ...

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  19. AFC 30K - I think that's my biggest worry actually - at the moment it's so easy to put the heating on with a flick of a switch; but when we get sorted it'll be a case of remembering to stoke the fire and having to light it in the mornings ...

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