senko cookers

spitfire

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Location
wales
Does anybody have one of these for cooking and hot water just wondered what they are like and what sort of running costs and maintenance to expect.
 

blewog

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Sir Gaerfyrddin
Sorry if late to this. Here in West Wales we have a Senko C25 central heating cooker installed in 2018. We imported it from Croatia, prior to Brexit, at cost of about £1200. It replaced an old Rayburn Royal solid fuel cooker. Very happy with the Senko with one caveat. We went for the version with the flue coming out of the top plate, when connected you cannot remove the largest section of top plate, this covers the internal flue between the boiler and oven and makes it awkward to clean. Don't under estimate the amount of wood you will need to run it, a piled up wheelbarrow of mixed hardwood will run it from about 7 a.m. until last fueling at about 9 p.m. Cleaning, incl sweeping chimney, takes about an hour and a half every couple of months.
 

spitfire

Member
Location
wales
Sorry if late to this. Here in West Wales we have a Senko C25 central heating cooker installed in 2018. We imported it from Croatia, prior to Brexit, at cost of about £1200. It replaced an old Rayburn Royal solid fuel cooker. Very happy with the Senko with one caveat. We went for the version with the flue coming out of the top plate, when connected you cannot remove the largest section of top plate, this covers the internal flue between the boiler and oven and makes it awkward to clean. Don't under estimate the amount of wood you will need to run it, a piled up wheelbarrow of mixed hardwood will run it from about 7 a.m. until last fueling at about 9 p.m. Cleaning, incl sweeping
Sorry if late to this. Here in West Wales we have a Senko C25 central heating cooker installed in 2018. We imported it from Croatia, prior to Brexit, at cost of about £1200. It replaced an old Rayburn Royal solid fuel cooker. Very happy with the Senko with one caveat. We went for the version with the flue coming out of the top plate, when connected you cannot remove the largest section of top plate, this covers the internal flue between the boiler and oven and makes it awkward to clean. Don't under estimate the amount of wood you will need to run it, a piled up wheelbarrow of mixed hardwood will run it from about 7 a.m. until last fu
eling at about 9 p.m. Cleaning, incl sweeping chimney, takes about an hour and a half every couple of months.
chimney, takes about an hour and a half every couple of months.
Sorry if late to this. Here in West Wales we have a Senko C25 central heating cooker installed in 2018. We imported it from Croatia, prior to Brexit, at cost of about £1200. It replaced an old Rayburn Royal solid fuel cooker. Very happy with the Senko with one caveat. We went for the version with the flue coming out of the top plate, when connected you cannot remove the largest section of top plate, this covers the internal flue between the boiler and oven and makes it awkward to clean. Don't under estimate the amount of wood you will need to run it, a piled up wheelbarrow of mixed hardwood will run it from about 7 a.m. until last fueling at about 9 p.m. Cleaning, incl sweeping chimney, takes about an hour and a half every couple of months.
Hi Blewog. Thanks for info. We're farming just outside pembroke..any chance we could call by to have a look at the senko..haven't seen one yet in the flesh!
 

Jrp221

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Cornwall
We replaced an old Rayburn with a new wood fired one to cook and do the heating and hotwater. It worked pretty well but;
You do have to keep it fed.
Using the oven was interesting, as soon as you open the door you lose heat and getting it back and maintaining a consistent temp was really difficult. Hot spots were a problem, never managed to bake a sponge in it. Certainly wouldn't have it as my only stove.
Cooking on the hotplates was fine, it would have been better if the stove had been in the kitchen as opposed to the 'living room'. Guess it was an expensive way to boil a kettle.
It takes a while to learn how to keep the fire in over night, we used to use Bark logs over night.
Wood has to be dry, hard wood would be tricky, soft wood would burn too quick. We would use Heat logs which we could buy by the ton and worked out quite competitive. They made it much more manageable.
After 5 yrs the kids all went off to Uni, we came in from lambing one night in Feb and the stove had gone out, no heat in the house. We sold the Rayburn, put in an outdoor boiler and put a nice little Clearview woodburner in its place.
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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