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    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2019
    Posted By: WeeBeastiethe stove was installed because 'you have to have something to stare at'.

    well, I installed a log stove, but I still stare at the wife...

    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2019
    I'd look at a Clearview Solution 400 as I think they do an external air kit for it. Even then I think it burns some room air when starting.

    If possible go for a standard model rather than the one for smokeless zones. My understanding is the latter has a stop that prevents you shutting down the air as much. This prevents smoke on starting but stops you turning the air down enough later on - meaning it tends to blaze away producing too much heat and consuming logs.

    We have two stoves and the Clearview really does keep the glass cleaner. On ours you can turn the air right down and get lovely slow lazy flames. Recommended.
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2019
    Adding some more fuel to the fire :devil:
    or the laymans take on it (Guardian alert):
    • CommentAuthorJeff B
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2019
    I wonder if the OP has considered a wood pellet burner? I acknowledge that these are perceived to be less polluting in terms of cleaner burning with less particulates and are not strictly "clean", but surely better than the burning of logs/timber which may be highly variable in nature. At least the quality of pellets is controlled and in rural areas there is little choice.

    These are a couple of references I found:



    We have a wood pellet boiler and all I can say in our experience is that it produces no visible smoke (apart from the first few minutes on start up), very little ash (typically about 2 kg per month in the winter months from the burning of approx 500 kg of pellets) and virtually no soot. We live in a rural area and thought we were doing the right thing in getting rid of the oil boiler 10 years ago!
    • CommentAuthorPatrickSS
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2019
    Thx so much to all for very helpful comments !

    > pollution is pollution.

    Bxman I do feel it makes a difference where you live. Wikipedia says that condensation and collision with cloud droplets removes particulates.


    I'm pretty sure there are not many particulates in eg the W Highlands of Scotland. This implies that Gaia is doing a good job of getting rid of them (although I have heard that soot contributes to polar ice melting).

    > Co2 is Co2 .

    I feel there is such a thing as a renewable fuel. I cut our firewood in half an acre of "no-mans-land next" door to us, where it regrows.

    What I agree with is that insulating the home is crucial. The cottage we are doing up will have modern standards of insulation. Therefore it will have a very small wood burner as others have suggested (plus a single night-storage heater). Hmm, I guess it should be a stove that you can't damp down.

    Will check out Woodwarm, thx Beau.

    And thx to all!
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