solid fuel Rayburns

Eiddwen

Member
Bought our rayburn 26 yrs ago off ebay for £400. It had only been used for 12mths. Probably one of the best purchases I've made. Heats all our water, dries and airs all our clothes, cooks lots of our food and keeps our kitchen beautifully warm from October to May it's never out. Yes I have to riddle it and empty the ash once a day, feed it with a scuttle of anthracite which takes all of five minutes or throw in some logs 2 or 3 times if I want to burn wood but it never lets us down, always provides a cup of tea and a hot meal during power cuts.
 

JD6920s

Member
Location
Shropshire
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!!
I heard the other day Aga ceased production of all their oil models just before Christmas, apparently electric is the future.
 

glow worm

Member
Location
cornwall
Bought our rayburn 26 yrs ago off ebay for £400. It had only been used for 12mths. Probably one of the best purchases I've made. Heats all our water, dries and airs all our clothes, cooks lots of our food and keeps our kitchen beautifully warm from October to May it's never out. Yes I have to riddle it and empty the ash once a day, feed it with a scuttle of anthracite which takes all of five minutes or throw in some logs 2 or 3 times if I want to burn wood but it never lets us down, always provides a cup of tea and a hot meal during power cuts.
Snap!
 

smcapstick

Member
Location
Kirkby Lonsdale
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!!
Why should Rayburn make something that hardly anyone wants to buy?

This may come as a shock… but most people don’t have farms and a ready supply of wood to burn in order to cook their family supper!

Woodburners are a very different animal. Very few people actually need one, as the central heating keeps them warm. They only light the fire because they want to.
 
I have always thought that people who buy AGA and Rayburns new are probably buying them to look at rather than use. The electric ones look the same after all.

Anybody who wants something to use generally cares enough about the cost to buy something else (or secondhand).
 

glow worm

Member
Location
cornwall
Why should Rayburn make something that hardly anyone wants to buy?

This may come as a shock… but most people don’t have farms and a ready supply of wood to burn in order to cook their family supper!

Woodburners are a very different animal. Very few people actually need one, as the central heating keeps them warm. They only light the fire because they want to.
Granted but for those that do, it is the central heater, water heater, room heater and cooker all in one. Nobody in their right mind runs a Rayburn just to cook on!
 

Stroppymonkey

Member
Trade
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.
Cheaper to burn oil than wood pellets now the RHI has finished
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Cheaper to burn oil than wood pellets now the RHI has finished

I certainly wouldn't contemplate buying an expensive pellet boiler without RHI, but as it's well paid for and reliable, and we don't have an oil tank or oil boiler, I will stick with pellets for now. If it goes bang then an oil boiler would replace it pdq.
I was pleased (and surprised) that pellets haven't gone up at all, unlike oil, so for the first time in 10 years, the heating is cheaper with pellets than it would be with oil, regardless of RHI.
 

le bon paysan

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Limousin, France
I certainly wouldn't contemplate buying an expensive pellet boiler without RHI, but as it's well paid for and reliable, and we don't have an oil tank or oil boiler, I will stick with pellets for now. If it goes bang then an oil boiler would replace it pdq.
I was pleased (and surprised) that pellets haven't gone up at all, unlike oil, so for the first time in 10 years, the heating is cheaper with pellets than it would be with oil, regardless of RHI.
They've banned Oil burners here
 

Y Fan Wen

Member
Location
N W Snowdonia
One reason we have a s/f Rayburn, s/h 40 years ago, is that neither oil nor gas tanker can get here.
So the choice is s/f or electric. Our hydro,12kw , has to supply 3 houses otherwise we 'would' be all electric.
 

serf

Member
Location
warwickshire
Out Cycling this morning, misty still air , being choked by all the Rayburn fumes, ban them !
Nothing better when you go for a walk through an old village somewhere of an evening and smell the wood burning and a bit of coal too from the chimneys 😋😋 takes you back years 🙂

Don't even build chimneys on houses now! Crazy 🙄 whats better than an real fire 😁
 
Location
Ceredigion
Nothing better when you go for a walk through an old village somewhere of an evening and smell the wood burning and a bit of coal too from the chimneys 😋😋 takes you back years 🙂

Don't even build chimneys on houses now! Crazy 🙄 whats better than an real fire 😁
Have you ever ridden on the back of a steam engine , fumes made me ill
 

JD6920s

Member
Location
Shropshire
We had a couple of SF Rayburns in cottages which we had converted to oil with a Phoenix pressure jet conversion kit, these ran well and heated the radiators as well as hot water and cooking, they were connected to thermostats and timers too so we’re ideal for a working family out all day.
but then we updated the kitchens with new electric cookers and oil boilers so the Rayburns became redundant, I sold the better/newer one to a chap who wanted it back as solid fuel, so I still have both burners here if anyone fancies them.
Open to offers.
 

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Stroppymonkey

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Trade
We had a couple of SF Rayburns in cottages which we had converted to oil with a Phoenix pressure jet conversion kit, these ran well and heated the radiators as well as hot water and cooking, they were connected to thermostats and timers too so we’re ideal for a working family out all day.
but then we updated the kitchens with new electric cookers and oil boilers so the Rayburns became redundant, I sold the better/newer one to a chap who wanted it back as solid fuel, so I still have both burners here if anyone fancies them.
Open to offers.
They are evil little barsteward things! I look after one and its amongst my least favourite appliance and the lads hate getting sent there when it breaks down! Very clever conversion though and a massive improvement on what it replaced.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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