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  1. Dear @Trw144 Just wonder if you have a view on the Burley Brampton stoves? I have one in my current house and would I think get one in the new/renovated house. They claim very high efficiency (I think 84%) and in practise we get very little ash. It is beautifully controllable with a single lever, and I am very pleased. But I also know that it is 6 or 7 years old and technology and legislation moves on . . .
  2. The new garden has some good well established trees and shrubs but has been very neglected for at least 3 years, maybe longer. Very overgrown with all sorts of stuff but mainly brambles and ivy. A bit like Sleeping Beauty’s castle. I have had a local garden maintenance guy doing some clearing of it but it is I think a lot more work than either he or I had initially realised. It’s about 0.3 acre. We are not going to move in for a while, going through the planning, quoting, building phase of renovation which will take 12 months at least. So I don’t live on site but can get there for let’s say a day a week. I can’t do much in the house but I could start doing some of the cutting back and digging up in the garden. Might be nice to do it slowly myself and see what exactly is there. Meet the neighbours, feel useful. Also, I don’t really want to start hacking out thickets in nesting times, but there are plenty of other garden jobs I can do. I can keep tools secure on site. the question is what’s the best way to get rid of what will be a serious amount of waste? The local recycling centre is quite far, I don’t have or want a big car and given the volume of material this would be a crazy idea anyway. Any good suggestions? Best I can come up with is to stack the rubbish and let it settle/compress a bit then get a skip. But I wonder if there is something I’m missing thank you
  3. We have bought a house that’s been empty for over 2 years. On site are 3 x 47kg propane bottles and 4 x 7kg butane bottles. The name of the supplier is on the bottles, and I’ve called the company several times. They tell me they will come and remove them but have repeatedly failed to do so. I’m fed up. Anyone got ideas about who else might take them away? They’re too big to put in my car. thank you
  4. I should have been clearer: the 'outhouse' is in fact attached to the main house, and shares a party wall with the kitchen. Although it is indeed outside the heated envelope, a pipe run to the inside would be less than 1 metre. I see that some boilers are available/sold as being suitable for outside installation eg Since we are doing a big refurb, I was thinking to insulate this outhouse to a decent level and install an 'outside' rated boiler in it. My concern then was just how far away from the manifold it can be. In my current thinking the distance between the boiler and the manifold would be about 15metres. Effectively all of the pipe run (apart from maybe 0.75m) will be inside the heated envelope.
  5. Playing around with layouts for the refurb. We may have the boiler in a small ‘outhouse’ that was probably once an outside toilet. How close does the manifold need to be to the boiler? Can it be say 15 metres away in the utility room? Or should we put the boiler in the utility room as well, have the manifold right next to it and use the outhouse to keep wine? any thoughts welcome thank you
  6. Thank you Balfour, interesting. Do you use radiators, or underfloor heating?
  7. Interesting, but.... No current EPC owing to the house being pretty derelict, and it's a listed building as well. We can specify the improvements, and we'll do our best to make it draught proof and have decent windows ..... but we are not going to turn it into an efficient, highly insulated modern building. So I think that the combination of poor efficiency in the house, the higher capital cost of ASHP, potential extra cost and complexity of getting 3 phase connected, and the distinct possibility of ending up with a chilly home even after all that, makes me think we'll go for oil. Now how to choose an oil fired boiler? I'll do some thread searches unless a kind person can point me in the right direction Thank you
  8. Thank you that is useful - I hadn't considered that 3 phase might not be easily available.Then you are into 3 phase converters and all sorts of complex considerations. My plan is to fit wet UF heating if we possibly can. I expect to do this. The relative prices of different fuel supplies is a facer isn't it? At the moment gas and oil are so much cheaper than electricity, but if any government were to really get behind a serious carbon reduction strategy, then that must change. I guess if the cost per unit of energy for gas/oil/electricity starts to move in favour of electricity (and I would support that) then at that stage perhaps we all swap our fossil fuel boilers for electric boilers? Or install big heat pumps. Thank you everybody
  9. Floor needs to be breathable, I think, in order to reduce the risk of damp migrating out to the edges and in to the solid stone walls. I think we can get a good amount of insulation in, and achieve this. But I guess when the digging starts we will find out. I kind of like the Aga idea, but I think that just burns even more oil, and I'm already a bit ashamed of that. I really think a simple oil fired system boiler with a nice big cylinder will keep us warm, cost us less. Sorry planet, I will make it up in some other way
  10. We have just bought a Grade 2 listed stone cottage. Two storeys, tiled roof. Needs a complete renovation - new windows, systems, internal replaster, new bathrooms, kitchen. the works. We will dig out and insulate the existing solid ground floor, using limecrete. The walls are 400-500mm thick limestone. Current heating is an old gas combi fed by a cluster of propane bottles. No mains gas, no room for LPG tank, no room for GSHP. We do have room for an oil tank. The house is in Oxfordshire, elevation 95m, reasonably sheltered. Internal floor area about 150 sq metres. We will install slimline double glazed softwood windows, and insulate the cold loft as well as we can. We will not insulate the walls. I'd like to put UF heating on the ground floor, radiators upstairs, towel rails in the 2 bathrooms. There is a central chimney/inglenook fireplace and we will have a 8-10kw wood burner. I dislike the concept of oil heating, but I really don't want to spend all of our money and be cold. Is an ASHP worth considering? Or shall I go straight for oil. Cheaper, easier, hotter.....