theabsinthefairy wrote:..............................PS - My hubby and I did all the installations and plumbings including the renovation of the Rayburn ourselves so if there is anything you want to ask - feel free to do so.
I have a question.....
We inherited a Stanley SuperStar Range when we bought the house. The immersion tank was disconnected from the electric (not sure why, but we've not reconnected it yet) Now, this Stanley has certainly seen better days, but I've bought new sealing ropes, a new fire grate, and found the user manuals - after 11 weeks, I cook on it exclusively, & it bubbles & boils away, providing the rads & hot water around the house - all is well.
Apart from installing new efficient radiators next summer & hopefully getting double glazing put in, the Stanley will definitely be staying until we have enough funds to buy a new version - but I certainly wouldn't be without one now!
Anyways.... Stanley is actually sited in our 'dining room'... I am guessing it was originally the kitchen, but an extension was put on the house in the '70's - the kitchen & bathroom, both directly off the dining room.
There is a radiator in the bathroom, but not in the kitchen - both rooms have a flat roof & probably no insulation. There's also no radiator in the dining room, as the Stanley is there.
So, even when I'm not cooking, I still have the damper closed so the oven gets hot - the oven door is then left open & both hob covers are up. This helps to directly heat the 3 back rooms - but is it ok to do this?
It seems to work like this just fine & I can't see the point of opening the damper to the boiler to heat the rads even more when they're not actually radiating heat efficiently. The rads are always extremely hot, they're just really old & have been painted many times with emulsion, it seems
Also, we spend 90% of our time in this room & it's here that we want the heat, especially this last couple of weeks!
In fact, if I get Stan really blazing, the oven temperature goes off the stat - the oven door gets opened, & all room doors get opened, to let the heat circulate around the houe - it works ok for us!
I'm just a bit concerned that I shouldn't be using it in this way - do you think it'll be ok?
Julie - Range Novice.....