Need a good heater, any advice please?

Found 2nd Dec 2010
Evening all.

We need some form of heating and only have electric - no gas supply.
We need to heat a large room but want an electric heater that will provide decent warmth and not kill us on the electric (if possible)
We don't mind buying 2 heaters, or would we be better using a calor gas or coal heater or something?

Any advice appreciated LOL!

Thank yous x

21 Comments

You haven't got a Nibe system have you?

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babyblue

You haven't got a Nibe system have you?



Erm... oO

Dunno LOL! x

I googled them but seems complicated, i don't get it
Edited by: "Mrs.Z" 2nd Dec 2010

i have halogen heaters they aint bad on electric either u would prob need 2 for large room
Edited by: "vicknanth" 2nd Dec 2010

Calor gas heater = Excellent!

Original Poster

vicknanth

i have halogen heaters they aint bad on electric either u would prob need … i have halogen heaters they aint bad on electric either u would prob need 2 for large room


Oh really? I didn't know if they were any good at providing actual heat, would you recommend?

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BeeKeeper

Calor gas heater = Excellent!



Really? We have patio heaters and they don't seem to last long before the gas needs refilling which works out costly, may I ask which heater specifically you have?

Thanks x

babyblue

You haven't got a Nibe system have you?



We have a Nibe system, nightmare! Radiators are never hot. had to buy an electric convector heater to top up the warmth.
Edited by: "babyblue" 2nd Dec 2010

Original Poster

babyblue

We have a Nibe system, nightmare! Radiators are never hot. had to buy an … We have a Nibe system, nightmare! Radiators are never hot. had to buy an electric convector heater to top up the warmth.



Ooooh, thought you were recommending, sorry to hear you've had problems with them x

LIDL oil filled electric heater, 2000kw + integrated 500kw fan.
AMAZING.
Heats a large sitting room well, beats the B&Q/Homebase/Screwfix ones we have bought for other rooms.

Mrs.Z

Ooooh, thought you were recommending, sorry to hear you've had problems … Ooooh, thought you were recommending, sorry to hear you've had problems with them x



We live in a flat with no gas only electric and the heating is a nightmare. Hope you get sorted soon. Not nice being cold is it x

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sickly sweet

LIDL oil filled electric heater, 2000kw + integrated 500kw … LIDL oil filled electric heater, 2000kw + integrated 500kw fan.AMAZING.Heats a large sitting room well, beats the B&Q/Homebase/Screwfix ones we have bought for other rooms.


sounds good, will they still have it? May I ask how much it was?

EDIT: can only find ceramic fan heater on website
Edited by: "Mrs.Z" 3rd Dec 2010

How about a log burner?

jotul.com/en-…om/

This is ours, Model F118

http://www.jotul.com/FileArchive/Photos/Wood%20Stoves/J%C3%B8tul%20F%20118/Prod/F_118_prod.jpg

Throws out tons of heat, unaffected by power cuts unlike electric or oil or gas CH with electric pumps.

Stays on 24/7 - but you can close it down at night.

Logs are cheap.




Edited by: "cannyscot" 3rd Dec 2010

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cannyscot

How about a log burner?[url=Here]Here[/url]This is oursThrows out tons of … How about a log burner?[url=Here]Here[/url]This is oursThrows out tons of heat, unaffected by power cuts unlike electric or oil or gas CH with electric pumps.Stays on 24/7 - but you can close it down at night.Logs are cheap.


Thanks, do you need vetilation for these (will they make the room smokey)?

Sorry to be a pain

Mrs.Z

Thanks, do you need vetilation for these (will they make the room … Thanks, do you need vetilation for these (will they make the room smokey)?Sorry to be a pain



No problem, They need a chimney either one specially installed or an existing fireplace.

No, they are not smoky, the flames are completely contained inside.

Ours is solid cast iron but there are other designs that have a lot more glass.

In extreme conditions, when we've had no power for a couple of days, I've cooked on it.

I got a Halogen Heater for each of the childrens rooms - not worth the bother tbh - very bright so can't be left on at night, not very warm - much less heat than a conventional fan heater.
Also changing the (expensive-ish) bulbs is a nuisance.

The only economical form of electric heating is by storage heaters, however they are not cheap to install.

Forget Halogen Heaters, they are just glorified light bulbs.

Oil Filled Radiators are probably your best bet.

Cannyscot -what model is that? The link is not working

Banned

BeeKeeper

Calor gas heater = Excellent!

calor gas gives off a lot of water though so you end up with condensation and possible health implications

goldmax

calor gas gives off a lot of water though so you end up with condensation … calor gas gives off a lot of water though so you end up with condensation and possible health implications



Agree with that, and a lot of fumes so you need to open a window. For heat alone they are excellent though. But not a good idea to rely on them solely due to the other points.

WoolyM

Cannyscot -what model is that? The link is not working



Sorry, don't know why.

Model F118

jotul.com/en-…om/

WoolyM

Agree with that, and a lot of fumes so you need to open a window. For … Agree with that, and a lot of fumes so you need to open a window. For heat alone they are excellent though. But not a good idea to rely on them solely due to the other points.




Sorry for the late reply, - valid points. - We have 2 in our house (Alvima med' size 7kg bottles) but only use them as a secondary source to back up the central heating in the colder areas or if we want warmth in a hurry!
This is what they’re excellent for - turn them on & you’ve got heat straight away, only have to wait a few minutes before turning them down to minimum.

As mentioned they do give off fumes so not really suitable for a small un-ventilated room but we have one in the hall, it serves the whole of the hall, stairs, landing area. And the other for the kitchen/dining room.
Over an area this size ventilation isn’t a problem.
A bottle re-fill costs just over £20- (Calor) but you could probably find a local gas supplier cheaper.
They last us ages but as I’ve said we don’t use them all the time.
To sum up though, would definitely recommend!
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