Playing with fire – my new wood burning stove

I can hear a certain blogging acquaintance groaning and saying “Not another blog post about a stove?” Yep, ‘fraid so and not just any old stove, but a wood-burning stove.

But far from weighing in in the ultra-lightweight stakes, this stove took 2 burly blokes to move it and weighs in at a whopping great 370 kg / 7.28 cwt!

Ok, so you may have gathered that this is absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with walking or camping – but there is a connection to the outdoors… it is about playing with fire, which I know some of you like to do. Those of you who are not interested, I won’t be offended it you move along now.

I just want to share my excitement. A few days ago the swanscot clan homeland got a new Rayburn wood-burning stove fitted in our kitchen. For the past 30 years we’ve nurtured, and been warmed by, our old Rayburn stove. We fed it with logs at regular intervals and in return it provided us with with heat in the kitchen, lashing of hot water, central heating to the other rooms, and ovens and a large hot plate to turn out mountains of food. Not to mention providing a perfect spot to warm wellies, dry wet walking jackets and numerous hats, scarves and gloves. But for the past two winters (the two coldest winters for a couple of decades) it failed to keep us all toasty – tending more towards the warm-enough-if-you-wear-a-couple-of-jumpers-and-a-scarf level of warmth. Plus it started to cough and belch (clouds of smoke!) rather too frequently.

So, a replacement was ordered… and waited on… and on… and on. Thank goodness for a milder than usual October and early November. Now, finally, a new fire-breathing beast sits in our kitchen radiating heat and cooking a pot of soup on the hob as I sit here typing.

I look forward to the daily exercise I get from fetching and carrying logs from the wood store to the kitchen and occasionally swinging an axe to split extra logs to add to those our son provides

We now have the trials and tribulation of fitting a kitchen around the fire-breathing beast to look forward to.

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By swanscot Posted in Chat

9 comments on “Playing with fire – my new wood burning stove

  1. Stove? Did you say Stove, Sheila? Surely not?

    Ah…but this is a proper stove…not one of those namby-pamby lightweight contraptions. However, I do look forward to reading about your next overnight camping trip – complete with new big shiny stove.

    • Camping…hmmm…? Well, if we get a prolonged power-cut I may take to ‘camping out’ on the kitchen floor as it will still be cosy in there even if we had no power to run the central heating boiler.

  2. Some of you mention having these years ago, well, they are coming into favour again. For those of us who live beyond the mains (gas, that is), burning wood is a much cheaper option to oil or LPG for central heating. Plus, it’s readily available locally and is a carbon-neutral fuel. Many people are getting woodchip burners or other newer wood-heating systems, but the stove, although it takes more work, works for us. .

  3. Hi Sheila, just found your little blog comment on the Rayburn wood burner! After years of wanting I bought a beautiful wood burning Rayburn…the last hike in oil prices last year and I said enough is enough and took the plunge. It was delivered last June and my husband (very handy with DIY stuff) fitted it and we have never looked back. Took a few months to get to grips with the cooking and being able to control it, but our house (an old farmhouse in Ireland that we have been renovating for 12 years now!) has never been warmer. We cant believe the heat it gives off, lashing amounts of water (nor the amount of fuel it eats!). We could never afford to turn the oil heating up to such a level of warmth that we can achieve now.

    Just thought I would leave a comment about our most beautiful Rayburn! Trudy (we are originally from Yorkshire).

  4. Hod did you get around building regs regarding a wood-burning stove, extractor fan and having sufficient ventilation?

    • The room the stove is in-the kitchen-has an open vent to the outside. The vent is in the (wooden) floor which is above an approx 12″ depth underfloor space. The underfloor area is permanently vented to the outside.

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