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Posted: Sat Jul 6, 2019 3:25pm
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ann75

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Hi everyone,  We are thinking of installing a wood pellet stove in our soon to be new home in Ssn `Pedro.  Would love to hear other people's experience of using one, particularly in terms of efficiency and cost.  For example, if my house is a two story will we need radiators as well or is a stove like this capable of heating a whole house in a typical San Pedro winter?  Looking forward to hearing from you.   Cheers. Ann

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Sun Jul 7, 2019 3:51pm

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Location: La Tercia

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Posted: Sun Jul 7, 2019 3:51pm

Hi Ann, wood burning stoves need approval from the Townhall. Many users ignore this.

If you live in an urbanization you will need approval from the community.

However, before you decide have a read of this article for your families sake.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/22/wood-diesel-indoor-stoves-cities-pollution

I decided not to listen to the shop salesman speal when I read this article an adopted a dfferent form of heating.

I also read this article, 

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/home-fires-the-worlds-most-lethal-pollution-2192000.html

Hope this helps, 

ann75

ann75

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Mon Jul 8, 2019 11:37pm

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Posted: Mon Jul 8, 2019 11:37pm

Hello and thank you for sending this very detailed information - very informative too.  I read both articles and then checked out Which magazine which affords very good advice also.  A lot to consider and I didn't know I needed permission to install a pellet stove so thank you also for that. 

Rascalmate

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Tue Jul 9, 2019 12:47am

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Location: La Tercia

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Posted: Tue Jul 9, 2019 12:47am

Hi Ann,  when you read the health risk its a bit scary.

I remember 30 years ago I had an  open log fire, but the W.H.O were ignorant on those days to the health risk. Now in many countries log pellet wood stoves are banned.

If you really want one first check neighbours. 

Are others burning wood?

If not you can expect complaints from neighbours as they can be quite anti social. 

A neighbour at my last property was cutting up treated palletts and burning them. The smoke apart from being totally toxic chocked everyone. 

He evenrually had a deputation of very angry neighbours outside his house who were totally sick of the pollution. He was eventually Denuncied with the help of the Administrator. 

In court they found out he did not have permission from the Townhall and he was eventually fined and it turned out he did not get permission of the community and was ordered  to remove the stove.

Do check your local Townhall also just to keep legal.

They will keep the whole house warm, but it will turn your walls and ceiling black with pollution. 

A word of caution;

My neighbour had the plaster ' melt' off the wall behind the stove with the immense heat from the stainless steel chimney  the Specialist Shop fitted.

ann75

ann75

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Tue Jul 9, 2019 11:38am

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Posted: Tue Jul 9, 2019 11:38am

Thank you, that is most helpful and I have noted the valid points you have raised. The last thing I would want to do is cause trouble with neighbours or flout Town Hall regulations so I do appreciate your help and the trouble you have taken to offer advice.

 However, I think I did not make it clear in my initial post that what I am talking about is a pellet burning stove using biomass fuel which the Which magazine have confirmed is carbon friendly.  They also state that by 2022 there is a Directive being issued (there's posh)! which will compel manufacturers to guarantee an efficiency rating of 80%.- currently it is 60%.

  I found it interesting that while these stoves do emit carbon dioxide the amounts emitted actually equals the amounts the wood, during its growing stage, absorb thus apparently cancelling the pollutant aspect .  I am not quite sure how they arrive at this conclusion - it sounds a a bit like robbing Peter to pay Paul but that's the gospel according to Which.

I think, despite what Which magazine says,  we must re-think the whole idea - I am a bit of an eco warrior and would be concerned about pollution and all that goes with that so a lot more research needs to be done.

Again, many thanks for your feedback - that's what I wanted to hear from members and it is much appreciated as is the other helpful advice I received from another member.

Cheers.  Ann

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