heating

We heat with two stoves currently, a Jotul and a home-made contraption. The Jotul we use at night as a space heater but also to cook food and water for washing/cleaning. I’m really happy with it, always wanted one. I went for the 118 since it’s a pretty large room AND it’s our only way of heating, for a normal sized place, the other classic, the smaller 402 would be fine.

The latter heats the kitchen in the morning, it’s a terrace heater commandeered to burn wood and actually it’s worked out very well. The top is exactly 140mm – well not exactly but it’s sealed with soot now.

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I’m interested how this will work out as it gets warmer, I’m thinking to get one or two of those shower bags. They are a black bag which you simply fill with water and leave in the sun to heat up, then stand under. Very efficient.

What do we burn? Well we smash a lot of pallettes which come from a nearby industrial estate. The small wood goes to the kitchen stove, the bigger pieces to the Jotul. We also bought a kubus twice of chopped logs from a wood dealer. Both times the wood only just fit in my car!!

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We also burn wood from the garden and there is quite a lot of wood lying ready to be chopped with a chainsaw (it’s a painfully slow process otherwise) – willow and pine. Need to get around to that!

May update – yeah it’s now too warm to burn the stoves.

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