solid fuel Rayburns

glow worm

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Location
cornwall
Found out last week that the farmers friend, in a great many farmhouses, the solid fuel Rayburn, as from end December 2021, is no longer being made as they couldnt comply with government emmisions regulations. Its great as the glossy brochures everywhere wax lyrical about the benefits of burning wood! The only real option now is to have an oil fired one, at a truely eye watering cost, plus you lose all the added benefits of burning farm firewood etc .. duely dried to the required level of course!! and I thought we were supposed to be moving away from using non sustainable fuel ..So ... how come said store supplying oil fired Rayburns was full of woodburning room heaters?! When asked 'can you boil a kettle on one' was told no, they never get hot enough! I think the best display was an ELECTRIC Essey .. different make but still looks like a rayburn .. surrounded on both sides by bags of .. wood! I is confused . com!!
 

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
our wood burner top gets hotter than our sf rayburn for less fuel and quicker heating up from cold as well.
ive Had rayburns all my life (so far) and shovelled stuff in and out of them and the truth is as i see it is same as Shania said they "don't impress me much " :oops::cautious:

There are other much more efficient SF / woodburners with hobs and boilers surely ??

Someone else will know .
 

Paddington

Member
Location
Soggy Shropshire
Must be plenty of used solid fuel ones about. We sold our oil (converted from solid fuel) Rayburn a few years ago and there were loads for sale on ebay at beer money. Expensive to run, but miss it in the winter.
 
We used to have solid fuel Rayburn and it's performance depends on maintenance... about once a month
I used to stuff some newspaper up the exhaust chute a drop of paraffin
and set fire for a few seconds there would be a lot of smoke until it cleared also cleaning ash out from bottom of fire helped
In yesterday's farmers guardian there is advert for same sort of thing as Rayburn but different
 

glow worm

Member
Location
cornwall
We used to have solid fuel Rayburn and it's performance depends on maintenance... about once a month
I used to stuff some newspaper up the exhaust chute a drop of paraffin
and set fire for a few seconds there would be a lot of smoke until it cleared also cleaning ash out from bottom of fire helped
In yesterday's farmers guardian there is advert for same sort of thing as Rayburn but different
Yes lots of regular maintenance and ALWAYS a very dirty dust covered room .. but .. its so useful for so many other things as well!
 

R J

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Location
Herefordshire
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I've got this for sale , removed from farmhouse 15 years ago (was working then) , needs a bit of a referb !
Open to offers...
 

serf

Member
Location
warwickshire
Got rid of rayburn 6 years ago , got one of these



Does hot water and rads ,
it's response is rapid compared to rayburn up to temp In no time .

Used to feed the rayburn and there was no response compared to this , feed it with scrap soft wood .

Also got oil spliced to system
 
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Poorbuthappy

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
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We have a Lohberger.
Very pleased with it for what we wanted.
We're in a new build,so very well insulated so don't want to keep it lit 24/7. It has pellet burner and log chamber. The pellets light the logs then cut out automatically, which means you can light it at the push of a button, or on a timer, or even with an app if you connect it to WiFi.
Ours has a boiler, and does all our hot water for 6 months or more of the year as well as a couple radiators. Its our only heat source.

Not the most controllable for oven temp and cooking, but great for slow cooking, and hob use.
Also, not the sort of thing you can load up with wood and shut back to keep in overnight if thats what you're looking for. However you can set it to light itself to warm up before you get up in the morning.

We bought from these guys who were the sole importers.
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Mrs NeilO wanted an Esse Lionheart, which is basically a vastly improved version of what the Rayburn is.

After seeing the price tag of £3500, I think I’ve managed to delay it long enough for her to have given up on the idea.🤫

Wood pellet boiler has been a far more efficient way of heating water, although the Domestic RHI payments have just finished.😢
Leccy cooker is a far more controllable way to cook anything other than a slow roast.
 

roscoe erf

Member
Livestock Farmer
Found out last week that the farmers friend, in a great many farmhouses, the solid fuel Rayburn, as from end December 2021, is no longer being made as they couldnt comply with government emmisions regulations. Its great as the glossy brochures everywhere wax lyrical about the benefits of burning wood! The only real option now is to have an oil fired one, at a truely eye watering cost, plus you lose all the added benefits of burning farm firewood etc .. duely dried to the required level of course!! and I thought we were supposed to be moving away from using non sustainable fuel ..So ... how come said store supplying oil fired Rayburns was full of woodburning room heaters?! When asked 'can you boil a kettle on one' was told no, they never get hot enough! I think the best display was an ELECTRIC Essey .. different make but still looks like a rayburn .. surrounded on both sides by bags of .. wood! I is confused . com!!
not worried too much our one is 65 years old and still going
 

glow worm

Member
Location
cornwall
Mrs NeilO wanted an Esse Lionheart, which is basically a vastly improved version of what the Rayburn is.

After seeing the price tag of £3500, I think I’ve managed to delay it long enough for her to have given up on the idea.🤫

Wood pellet boiler has been a far more efficient way of heating water, although the Domestic RHI payments have just finished.😢
Leccy cooker is a far more controllable way to cook anything other than a slow roast.

Mrs NeilO wanted an Esse Lionheart, which is basically a vastly improved version of what the Rayburn is.

After seeing the price tag of £3500, I think I’ve managed to delay it long enough for her to have given up on the idea.🤫

Wood pellet boiler has been a far more efficient way of heating water, although the Domestic RHI payments have just finished.😢
Leccy cooker is a far more controllable way to cook anything other than a slow roast.
£3500? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Seen new oil Rayburn recently for .. wait for it!! ..£11120.00 + vat + fitting!!!!! I should let Mrs N have the cheap one!!!
 

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
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We have a Lohberger.
Very pleased with it for what we wanted.
We're in a new build,so very well insulated so don't want to keep it lit 24/7. It has pellet burner and log chamber. The pellets light the logs then cut out automatically, which means you can light it at the push of a button, or on a timer, or even with an app if you connect it to WiFi.
Ours has a boiler, and does all our hot water for 6 months or more of the year as well as a couple radiators. Its our only heat source.

Not the most controllable for oven temp and cooking, but great for slow cooking, and hob use.
Also, not the sort of thing you can load up with wood and shut back to keep in overnight if thats what you're looking for. However you can set it to light itself to warm up before you get up in the morning.

We bought from these guys who were the sole importers.
but over 7 k ?:oops: for that sort of money it should be darn good :oops:
 

Poorbuthappy

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
but over 7 k ?:oops: for that sort of money it should be darn good :oops:
Indeed. But as above look at Rayburn prices these days.
As I say its our only heat, and does all our hot water. (Solar thermal does summer water).
We only use pellets to light it generally, so a pallet lasts us 3-4 winters.
Plenty of logs here, but not kidding myself there isn't work in them!
 

Old Boar

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Location
West Wales
Just replaced my old and falling apart rayburn with another second hand one. It cost £80, and I had to look for around 4 months as I wanted a left hand feed one and they are not as common. IT is 20 years younger than the old one, having been made in the '70s. The old one had a toaster burner and this one has the round one, and I have noticed already it uses significantly less oil.
Kettle nearly always hot enough for a coffee, and casseroles ready when you come in tired and wet. It does all the hot water, all the clothes drying, and if you flatten things on the lid, all the ironing. The kindling for the wood burner sits in the bottom oven to dry apart from when there is a lamb in there reviving.
Coats wet through are dry within an hour. And the rice puddings...
 
We have two Victoria ECO solid fuel ranges in my family (one in my house and one in my sons) and have to say that they are one of the best things I have ever bought. You can have them with or without back boilers. I can't comment on UK suppliers because I am in France. They are from Eastern Europe and when I got the last one (without a back boiler) it was about 800 euros plus delivery. They take logs about twice the size you can get in a solid fuel Rayburn as well. My kitchen is 7m x 6m, the only heating is the range and I am in there tonight in a t shirt because its 25 degrees in there while its about -6 outside.
 

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