Planning for winter heating

Oddsocks

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Actually, the fact that hot/warm air rises probably has as much/more to do with it than the open plan. The insulation simply contains the warm air that has risen. If single downstairs rooms, such as a lounge are to be kept warm, then draught prevention is necessary.
If there are no draughts, keeping warm can be much simpler/cheaper - simply put another layer of clothing on.
I get that, when we renovated we insulated to the best levels possible as I was working closely with a builders merchant so the budgets were eased,

Despite keeping the down stairs door shut, double layer foil backed laminate insulation and going 20% over on BTU’s ratings on the new rads, down stairs is very hard to get heat retention in. As you rightly said by the time downstairs is warm upstairs is roasting.
 
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Has anyone got a wood burning stove? We're looking at redesigning the living room and we fancy installing one in place of the electric fire we never use.
I’ve been trying to get someone in to install one for nearly a year. It’s a pretty big job, needs a hearth and an external flue installation up 3 stories. Can’t get anyone to even come around to look at it. Tried check a trader and rate my builders but everyone seems to busy!
Further to this I finally got a company to give me a quote (from photos)

£12000! 😱

So the search continues!
 
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Further to this I finally got a company to give me a quote (from photos)

£12000! 😱

So the search continues!
I was 6k 4 years ago and that was whilst the house was being built and there was no plasterboard on the walls and ceilings. Plasterboarding and boxing in the flue upstairs I did myself after they finished.
 
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I was 6k 4 years ago and that was whilst the house was being built and there was no plasterboard on the walls and ceilings. Plasterboarding and boxing in the flue upstairs I did myself after they finished.

I had "budgeted" in my head about £7k. £1500 for the stove, £1000 for the hearth, £2000 for the flue and £2000 for labour. The guy said it was about two days work. I asked if he had included for any scaffolding to run the flue up the side of the house externally and he said he would do it off a triple extension ladder!

Got the impression the guy has so much work on he didn't give a hoot if I took his price or not.
 
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I don't think a log burner will save you money unless you've a continual supply of free or cheap wood. Ours is lovely to look at when it's on but even though it was installed quite a few years ago I don't think it's saved us any money. Certainly doesn't heat up all of downstairs like we were told...
 

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Re the cost of a log burner or multi fuel burner being installed. I don’t think it is a case of one price fits all. Ours was a multi stove burner with a chimney liner and new fireplace. It was nowhere near the £12,000 price. If I was having a stove installed today I would go to the specialist stove centres and get a price from them.
Again re a stove won’t heat all downstairs. I don’t think it’s a case of they will for everyone. For our house it does, in fact it is to flippin hot. It can easily get to 30degrees. So much so we have to leave the front room door open otherwise it is too hot. But and this is a massive but, as I have mentioned that’s heating the house with Coal, not just logs. logs will struggle to heat a downstairs. So rather then spend some serious money on coal during the winter months. Buy a few bags during the year as long as you have somewhere to store them.
 
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I'm a HETAS registered installer. This year has been manic. I used to have a nice easy summer doing 1-2 installs a week. This year I'm at 6 days a week. I don't advertise either, just word of mouth from previous installations, dreading getting into the busy period later in the year.
 

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I'm a HETAS registered installer. This year has been manic. I used to have a nice easy summer doing 1-2 installs a week. This year I'm at 6 days a week. I don't advertise either, just word of mouth from previous installations, dreading getting into the busy period later in the year.
Any advice for the prospective buyers.
 

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I'm a HETAS registered installer. This year has been manic. I used to have a nice easy summer doing 1-2 installs a week. This year I'm at 6 days a week. I don't advertise either, just word of mouth from previous installations, dreading getting into the busy period later in the year.

which stove do you have in your house pompey?

if youre too busy, take on an apprentice and make hay whilst the sun shines, oh and put some aside for a rainy day, might not be as busy in a year or two
 

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That’s what I was wondering. The pollution they create is clearly visible at times as a brown layer.
They are awful things. We’ve no mains gas in our village so may have log burners. They have become quite the household accessory in recent years. From October to April it’s like living in a bonfire with the amount of smoke being pumped out. One of our neighbours had one installed a few years ago. God knows what they burn but it sticks and means we can’t open our windows for long periods of time.
 
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They are awful things. We’ve no mains gas in our village so may have log burners. They have become quite the household accessory in recent years. From October to April it’s like living in a bonfire with the amount of smoke being pumped out. One of our neighbours had one installed a few years ago. God knows what they burn but it sticks and means we can’t open our windows for long periods of time.
They are morons if they are not burning either seasoned wood or coal. My brother in law has been known to burn wood that's got gloss paint on:rolleyes:
 
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