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Old 27 November 2014, 12:59   #11
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Had Sycamore and pine split and stored for 4/5 years. It's going well.

The stove has primary and secondary controls. The secondary keeps the glass clean in theory. Getting the hang of it.

I'm hoping that the WB/AGA combined, pushed about by the MVHR will suffice and I'll not have to involve the fossil fuel devouring Worcester often.


The Clearview and the Rayburn (when its lit, not cold enough yet !) with HRV works well in mine, oil as last resort also.
Beach,ash and oak best firewood IMHO. main thing is well seasoned and dry !.
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Old 27 November 2014, 13:00   #12
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Ive just installed a big Termatech TT22, and it really only gets mucky if the wood is too wet, or falls near the glass during a burn. A good hot burn with any wood, hard or soft sorts that out, failing which I use Mr Muscle oven cleaner. Not sure if its any good for the rope seal so I keep it off that, although they will need replaced periodically anyway, plus I'm not a fan of it near any finished metal surfaces, but its really fast.

Gas bills are well down this year, due to the stove and warmer backend
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Old 27 November 2014, 13:03   #13
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I've used the "ash" method for years BUT never use the ash if you have burnt coal/anthracite ect, its really scratches the glass

Like someone said, you should really need to clean it if it has a decent "airwash" system.
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Don't burn shite wood, then you won't get a build up of tar deposits on the glass, flue pipe or liner/chimney.
Softwood is generally full of sap, hard wood needs splitting and drying well.
I usually fell and chop up one year and burn the following year, but my wood is dried in my solar kiln then stored in garage or undercover wood store.
If your buying wood, kiln dried ash/oak works out very well in comparison to so called seasoned crap.
I generally never burn anything with a moisture content much over 20%

My burner has run for 3 years, never been swept. The liner is clean and un-obstructed.
Once a week I burn at around 550fah and it keeps everything clear.
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I use Vinegar, cheap as chips (ha ha), doesnt scratch the glass.
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Ive just installed a big Termatech :
On Jimbo's recommend, I went for a Sunrain.

Great VFM, I'm very pleased with it, although it does appear to be warping a bit.
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The Clearview and the Rayburn (when its lit, not cold enough yet !) with HRV works well in mine,
Outside air source?
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What HRV system are you using?
Is it a full system utilising shower room/kitchen & wood burner?
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What HRV system are you using?
Is it a full system utilising shower room/kitchen & wood burner?
Mitsubishi Lossnay.

Theoretically, MVHR should only exhaust from 'hot' rooms and loos.

Our's takes from Living room (woodburner location) Kitchen, cooker hood, loo and bathrooms.
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I'm in mid install with mine. I recon the ch boiler will become pretty much redundant when I've completed the install.
Mine will pull from the contura 51 (Woodburner)
cooker hood & bathroom.
Alleged upto 93% efficiency, hopefully it'll be the bees knees!!
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