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    I have an anthracite heater (free standing) which is very effective in winter and it heats the whole house. Getting hold of anthracite in large quantities has become a bit of a slepp and expensive. Cleaning out the ash on a daily basis is also not fun anymore.

    I noticed over the last few years that more and more of the closed combution wood heaters are coming onto the market. Even places like Builders are selling them, e.g. Amesti and now the Megamaster Bosca range. See http://www.megamaster.co.za/index.ph...ireplaces.html
    and http://www.amesti.co.za/

    I am not talking about the cast iron models you get since they are not as well designed as the closed combustion heaters with the secondary combustion system, or so I was told.

    Anyone using one of these? Are they effective and easy to use? How long do you dry your wood before burning it?
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    http://www.bullerjan.com/start.html

    What do the Megamasters etc cost ?
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    Can't you burn wood in your anthracite heater? A decent close combustion heater is expensive (20-50K). Morso or Godin
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    I have the Franco Belge Limousin, works a treat, easy to clean, cast iron, only use Blu Gum.

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    The Megamaster Bosca range is in the region of R6-7K at Builders. Then you still have to get the flue kit and do the installation. Not cheap at all, therefore all the questions.
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    Yes this is a costly exercise but well worth it, and it adds to the atmosphere in the home, some use these Ceramic pots, I suppose your home should dictate what you need for aesthetics etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Can't you burn wood in your anthracite heater? A decent close combustion heater is expensive (20-50K). Morso or Godin
    I've tried that and it works but the heater (Jaarsma) has a slightly more complex design to extract the heat via the outlet which gets clogged with creasote skins due to the moisture in the wood. I suppose properly seasoned wood would make a difference here. The Americans would season wood for up to 12months before using it indoors. Maybe I should try that 1st.

    I'd love a Morso but the price is a killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetEddy View Post
    http://www.bullerjan.com/start.html

    What do the Megamasters etc cost ?
    Friends of ours went to a guesthouse who had a Bullerjan. They were very impressed. I'm not sure if they are locally available.
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    Yes they are... I enquired a while ago... quite expensive but might be worth it.

    Prices range from R18500 - R 60 000 uninstalled. They are based in Somerset West

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    Where can I get anthracite??
    I also have one in my house...

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    We get them from Mcphail Distributors in PE. Not sure about your area. We get them in 40kg bags for around R165 each.
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    We have used a Amesti closed combustion stove / heater for 5 years. It is brilliant and is Less schlep than gas etc. last winter we spent R1500 on wood and our electricity bill was the same for the winter due to reducing pool running time etc. We clean the ash out every 3-4 weeks only as the wood burns to nothing. We generally run it in the evening and then pack it full for overnight and close the flue . In the morning you can add wood and open the flue and it lights up again.
    Advantages are cost is low and it keeps most of the house warm without moving heaters around. It also looks good and is great to sit around with some port and coffee in winter.
    Wood we use is bluegum only and it is apparently cured for a year before sale.
    you get different size ones so me careful not to get to big or to small a stove.
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    Dawid, I bought a Godin 3 weeks ago for the house, VERY impressed with it.We installed it in a corridor corner in our farmhouse to heat up the sleeping area, and it heats up 5 bedrooms and a play room (I guess about 160 - 180 sqm) very very nicely.......if you walk from the sleeping areas to our living areas, you immediately feel the difference (and there is an AGA burning 24/7 in the kitchen/living areas).

    It's the larger, "round" model, I think 360 Watt or something.......burns anthracite or wood.I think its the largest, or 2nd largest of the "round" models (NOT the small oval stoves......this is about 1m high, and about 40-50cm wide).

    Really very highly recommended. IIRC, I paid about R 17000 for it at Kloppers Bloem 0514005500.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I think I should stock up on wood so long for next winter while I decide which one to go for. The installion part worries me a bit. I suppose for insurance reasons one should go with an authorised installer?
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    I had a Calore wood pellet fireplace installed last week.
    http://www.calorefireplacesandstoves...p?intTierID=22

    I don't have place to store huge amounts of wood so I wanted a wood buring effect without all the wood. Pellets are made in KZN from comressed sawdust.Taking into account the cost of wood nowadays, I am pleased with the running costs of around R2.00/h (2.8kW)-R4.00/h (6kW) for the pellets.
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    I suppose each person has his/her preferred Brand for what they want to install.

    But I think important is that you chose the correct KW fireplace for the area you want heated.

    As explained to me, rather go slightly bigger on the KW, which will mean that your fireplace does not have to "work" at optimum level all the time, thus expanding the life of your fireplace.

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    That looks interesting. I am just careful with heaters using specialised fuels since they might become difficult to get hold of.

    Wood supply in the Eastern Cape should never be an issue, unless you need decent wood. We have plenty of black wattle and blue gum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaptein Jack View Post
    I suppose each person has his/her preferred Brand for what they want to install.

    But I think important is that you chose the correct KW fireplace for the area you want heated.

    As explained to me, rather go slightly bigger on the KW, which will mean that your fireplace does not have to "work" at optimum level all the time, thus expanding the life of your fireplace.
    Strange since I always read the other way round. They normally recommend slightly smaller so that it can burn flat out or hotter. If you go too large you might have to try and keep the heat down, causing the fire to burn slower/smaller. This causes incomplete combustion and more creosote/deposit build up.
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    No, you can actually regulate the burning rate of the wood in the fireplace. well mine has two intakes, with this you regulate how "quick" or "slow" the fire burns, the quicker the hotter.

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    bit of topic - PLEASE get a pro to do the installation.

    IF the flue is not insulated correctly in the roof, the roof trusses CAN ignite !! This has happened !


    And if the unit does not "draw" properly, it is possible for the smoke to fill the room ...



    NICE items, but can be dangerous if installed incorrectly.

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