Pellet burning cooker

Kcjones

Member
Want to replace our Rayburn Nouvelle solid fuel cooker with similar pellet burning appliance, looking for some advice from people using them
 

renewablejohn

Member
Location
lancs
Why r u choosing that particular make
A relation has one and is in a totally different league to the Esse I have. The one they have has the pellet attachment so you can autostart at any time in the morning without getting out of bed so long as there is pellets in the hopper. Then when your up you can revert to logs all day saving the expensive pellets. Its so controllable between cooking, HW and CH. With the option of only HW in the summer. Really excellent engineering but reflected in the price as there not cheap.
 

bobk

Member
Location
stafford
We've a cooker /range in france , can't be arsed chucking wood on it , are there any specifics to burning pellets , they are popular in france
 

Poorbuthappy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon

These guys sell the Lohberger.

We have 1 and very pleased with it. You can set it to come on by timer, set up a thermostat control, or use an app, or just push the button.
The pellet burner burns into the log chamber so if there's logs in there it will light them and once logs are going well the pellets cut out.

Ours is just cooking and HW, though we found It was producing plenty enough hot water with just a heat leak radiator in the boot room so we put in 1 further radiator.
The only hesitation I would have is we can struggle to get the oven up to temp for baking. Coupled with the extra hot water, this may suggest a set up issue which renewable John has suggested a fix for but our supplier is saying it's correct as it is. We may experiment with this in future.

If you don't want to be using logs I would suggest you look at other options as a dedicated pellet stove should be more efficient. But we wanted a "real fire" and have plenty of logs, so this takes the hassle out of lighting it, and makes it more flexible to be able to use the timer so it lights before we get up in the morning. We are in a very well insulated new build so don't run it all day, hence the importance of ease of lighting.
We only used about 1/4 ton of pellets last winter using the pellets basically just for lighting or early morning usage.

It looks great too, as everyone comments when they come in.
 

These guys sell the Lohberger.

We have 1 and very pleased with it. You can set it to come on by timer, set up a thermostat control, or use an app, or just push the button.
The pellet burner burns into the log chamber so if there's logs in there it will light them and once logs are going well the pellets cut out.

Ours is just cooking and HW, though we found It was producing plenty enough hot water with just a heat leak radiator in the boot room so we put in 1 further radiator.
The only hesitation I would have is we can struggle to get the oven up to temp for baking. Coupled with the extra hot water, this may suggest a set up issue which renewable John has suggested a fix for but our supplier is saying it's correct as it is. We may experiment with this in future.

If you don't want to be using logs I would suggest you look at other options as a dedicated pellet stove should be more efficient. But we wanted a "real fire" and have plenty of logs, so this takes the hassle out of lighting it, and makes it more flexible to be able to use the timer so it lights before we get up in the morning. We are in a very well insulated new build so don't run it all day, hence the importance of ease of lighting.
We only used about 1/4 ton of pellets last winter using the pellets basically just for lighting or early morning usage.

It looks great too, as everyone comments when they come in.
Hi Poorbuthappy, I've been looking for someone with direct experience of owning a Lohberger, as I'm trying to find an alternative to our old Esse WD, and the pellet/log option is quite appealing. Zeroridge don't have a display model and contacting the manufacturer was entirely fruitless! Would you mind if I compiled a few questions to ask you? Geoff
 

Poorbuthappy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
Hi Poorbuthappy, I've been looking for someone with direct experience of owning a Lohberger, as I'm trying to find an alternative to our old Esse WD, and the pellet/log option is quite appealing. Zeroridge don't have a display model and contacting the manufacturer was entirely fruitless! Would you mind if I compiled a few questions to ask you? Geoff
No problem.
Pm if you prefer.
 
Hi Poorbuthappy, Thanks for taking the time. I'm assuming your Lohberger has been running for a couple of years as your post was 2019?
Over that time has there been any reliability issues or need for replacement parts to speak of? I understand that ignition coils may need replacing periodically. You say it's set up for cooking and domestic hot water, which is how we would have it. Is a 200 litre hot water cylinder and a single radiator adequate in your view?
Did you use the supplier for installation, of someone local? I see you're in Devon, we're Somerset so could be good to use an installer who's done it before.
Have you been able to claim any RHI payments on the outlay for the supply & installation?
Best wishes, Geoff
 

Poorbuthappy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
Hi Poorbuthappy, Thanks for taking the time. I'm assuming your Lohberger has been running for a couple of years as your post was 2019?
Over that time has there been any reliability issues or need for replacement parts to speak of? I understand that ignition coils may need replacing periodically. You say it's set up for cooking and domestic hot water, which is how we would have it. Is a 200 litre hot water cylinder and a single radiator adequate in your view?
Did you use the supplier for installation, of someone local? I see you're in Devon, we're Somerset so could be good to use an installer who's done it before.
Have you been able to claim any RHI payments on the outlay for the supply & installation?
Best wishes, Geoff
Pm sent
 

Offgridmrm

Member
Livestock Farmer
Hi Poorbuthappy, I hope you are not completely tired of answering questions about Lohberger cooker ranges as I really would like help from an experienced Lohberger user. I have wanted a Lohberger pellet/logs range cooker for 15 years and now I am at last in reach of getting one for my self-build house. I also live in Somerset, like Foerster58, and I am hoping to acquire and instal an almost unused secondhand Lohberger LC80 with pellet hopper and heat protection spacers - I think it is the 2011 model (no water system). I have been trying to locate an installer in the south west of England but no luck so far. Please can you tell me who you used to get yours installed, and any general advice on running one and any problems you have encountered with the cooker after having the Lohberger running for a number of years. Kind regards from MRM
 

Poorbuthappy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
Hi Poorbuthappy, I hope you are not completely tired of answering questions about Lohberger cooker ranges as I really would like help from an experienced Lohberger user. I have wanted a Lohberger pellet/logs range cooker for 15 years and now I am at last in reach of getting one for my self-build house. I also live in Somerset, like Foerster58, and I am hoping to acquire and instal an almost unused secondhand Lohberger LC80 with pellet hopper and heat protection spacers - I think it is the 2011 model (no water system). I have been trying to locate an installer in the south west of England but no luck so far. Please can you tell me who you used to get yours installed, and any general advice on running one and any problems you have encountered with the cooker after having the Lohberger running for a number of years. Kind regards from MRM
Pm sent
 

Poorbuthappy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
Thankyou so much for you very helpful PM received to my email address. I would love to reply to you by PM or email but I don't know how !! Sorry for being a bit clueless but I don't usually use forums and so I don't know the way they work
Just click on the little envelope at the top of this page and your "conversations" will come up - click on the one from me then reply in the box as you would in this main section.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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