Hello,
My husband and I have just purchased a grade 2 listed farmhouse with adjoining barn conversion but it is in a very bad state. There is also outbuildings that we are converting into an annexe for my in laws.
We have hired an experienced architect to project manage this for us, but due to a previous bad experience with tradesmen, I still want to so a lot of my own homework.
The building currently has a very old Aga, which my initial plan was to replace with a newer model. However, after purchasing the current version of Homebuilding and Renovating, I read about a wood burning stove that can also provide heating and hot water.
After some research (Rayburn website), it seems that a wood burning stove could be a much cheaper option to heat the property rather than use the LPG tank that is currently installed. But, it seems that this system could not cope with the 20+ radiators that we would need. Their is a kerosene model, but wouldn’t this be just as expensive as the LPG?
Please forgive me of any ignorance, I am rather new at all this, hence hiring the Architect. And what a better opportunity to learn with this project!
Thank you, in advance!

Comments
  • Anonymous

    Given your heat demands, I suggest you might want to have a look at biomass too – a full-blown biomass boiler can be quite a capital investment (£10-20k) but will provide low(est) cost ongoing heating and, with the Government’s new Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, could easily pay for itself in 3-5 years.

  • Marguerita Woods

    Thank you, Jason. I shall put this to my Architect and will look into it myself also. Thank you for your help!

  • Dominic Eves

    Yes, I agree with Jason. I think the main deciding factors will be two things.

    1.) Budget – bio mass, or a ground source heat pump would be a good way to go. With the latter, that would all tie in with the second point…
    2.) Levels of insulation – how well will the barn be insulated? If you’re going for really high levels, then a ground source heat pump, running an underfloor heating set up, would be ideal.

    Hope this helps

    dom@theselfbuildsite

  • Dominic Eves

    Yes, I agree with Jason. I think the main deciding factors will be two things.

    1.) Budget – bio mass, or a ground source heat pump would be a good way to go. With the latter, that would all tie in with the second point…
    2.) Levels of insulation – how well will the barn be insulated? If you’re going for really high levels, then a ground source heat pump, running an underfloor heating set up, would be ideal.

    Hope this helps

    dom@theselfbuildsite

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