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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:33 am 
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I might be wrong in my thoughts, but I imagine that town and city folk would use Mains Gas Central Heating as I did in my last UK house in Andover. I had a contract/insurance with British Gas for any emergencies and an annual service.

On the other-hand, my Parents who lived out in the Shropshire sticks had an Oil Central Heating system because there was no mains gas. He would also use Propane bottles located on the outside with an exchanger head for their cooking range.

I couldn't for the life of me tell you which of the two were more efficient as my Father would turn off the radiators in unused rooms and only heat the living and bedroom. He always moaned about the price of the oil he needed to buy for the winter and of course, had to arrange delivery of said oil I think, in 400 gallon deliveries. However one tries to mask an Oil or LPG tank, they're ugly things and that you wouldn't have with Mains Gas.

Then of course, for full efficiency of any heating system, you need good insulation. My Father refused cavity wall insulation even though he could have got a grant and likewise with the attic space where it appeared to me that he had another house contents stored up there. Upon his demise, I cleared out said Attic over 3 days, my Mother got it insulated and then the cavity wall insulation (on a 60's red brick built bungalow) and now, the oil central heating system does not such as much fuel as it did previously in trying to keep the house warm during winter.

My choice in the UK would be mains gas with a modern boiler that fires up as you require it, perhaps linked in to some hot water storage, power shower and real living flame gas fire with suitable flue that any CORGI Fitter or the Gas Board wouldn't connect without checking it first.

Get that North Sea gas and you won't even have to salt your potatoes. Rolling Eyes
  
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The other thing I've seen on a couple of properties is electric storage heating. I know the modern storage heaters are supposed to be a lot more efficient than the older ones were but again I have no experience of them. The house I bought in the UK in the 1980's had storage heaters, we didn't use them, we took them out and had gas central heating installed.
So I think gas central heating is the way to go, which was my first thought.
  
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The other thing I've seen on a couple of properties is electric storage heating. I know the modern storage heaters are supposed to be a lot more efficient than the older ones were but again I have no experience of them. The house I bought in the UK in the 1980's had storage heaters, we didn't use them, we took them out and had gas central heating installed.
So I think gas central heating is the way to go, which was my first thought.


I had the old fashioned Electric Storage Heaters in Northern Ireland as there was no natural gas. The heaters weighed a ton, full of bricks, were ugly and charged up overnight on Economy 7 (I think that is what it was called). However, the principle is that they charge up overnight and then release the stored heat during the day, BUT I couldn't switch the bloody things off so if it was a warm day, they still continued to release their heat and one ended up opening the windows to cool the house down. They'd usually run out of steam by midday anyway.

This was a lot of years ago, in Army housing and the majority of us just switched the storage heater off and used portable calor gas heaters which caused a lot of condensation running down the walls. I still to this day, wouldn't entertain Electric Storage Heating again under any guise of modern efficiency. I would use electric convector and/or portable electric oil radiators though and do use such in my apartment when not wanting to light the Pellet Burner.

Can't you find a house with a nice LOG BURNER as you will surely miss the process of preparation, storage and cleaning IF you leave Bulgaria. Laughing
  
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Can't you find a house with a nice LOG BURNER as you will surely miss the process of preparation, storage and cleaning IF you leave Bulgaria. Laughing

Yeah right. Rolling Eyes
Log burners seem to be the in thing now with some people in the UK but I have only seen a few properties that have one and I have given them a wide berth
Cannot for the life of me think why. Wink Laughing
  
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I have a nice place coming up for sale in Lincs, complete with oil-fired CH AND a log burner.... Wink
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I have a nice place coming up for sale in Lincs, complete with oil-fired CH AND a log burner.... Wink

Only one log burner? You're not really trying very hard to convince me, are you? Wink Laughing
  
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It's only for show, ZZ - the main heating is from the CH Wink

It came with the house and I've never lit it, to be honest!
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It's only for show, ZZ - the main heating is from the CH Wink

It came with the house and I've never lit it, to be honest!


Plus, I am sure you would take a suitcase full of Bulgarian logs back to Lincolnshire too. Wink
  
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Plus, I am sure you would take a suitcase full of Bulgarian logs back to Lincolnshire too. Wink


Why would I do that, Mr Wolf? I normally do my Major Adams impression and head West, followed by my Wagon Train of Effniks in their каруци piled high with top-grade oak slabs. It has the added advantage of providing hiding-places for any additional "refugees"/economic migrants/jihadis who can afford my exorbitant charges for passage to Blighty.

By the way, I do happen to have a vacancy for a Flint McCullough (with experience in the Confederate Army), if you can still fit into your buckskin shirt..... Wink
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Plus, I am sure you would take a suitcase full of Bulgarian logs back to Lincolnshire too. Wink


Why would I do that, Mr Wolf? I normally do my Major Adams impression and head West, followed by my Wagon Train of Effniks in their каруци piled high with top-grade oak slabs. It has the added advantage of providing hiding-places for any additional "refugees"/economic migrants/jihadis who can afford my exorbitant charges for passage to Blighty.

By the way, I do happen to have a vacancy for a Flint McCullough (with experience in the Confederate Army), if you can still fit into your buckskin shirt;..... Wink


Glad you said shirt and not skirt. Buckskin!! Only pure Mongolian silk shirts for me Mate, if it was good enough for Genghis to allay the slings and arrows, it is good enough for me. Wink
  
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