Rayburned Out

Well, that’s that then. The Rayburn has been slowly declining for a couple of weeks now – and with the miraculous weather we’ve been having (it was actually Too Hot this afternoon out in the garden, and I even had to refill a couple of passing touring cyclists’ water bottles after they had underestimated how much they would need in the baking subtropical climate of South West Scotland, an easy mistake to make seeing as normally you can rehydrate just by opening your mouth and looking up) there was never going to be a better opportunity to take the plunge and turn it off for the summer.

And yet, I’ve hesitated. Come September, when we would normally be phoning Rayburn Man to come and degunk its innards and relight it, we will no longer have a Rayburn and he will have to drink coffee and share woodburning stove lighting tips with someone else. So these days have been the last opportunity to enjoy its constant presence: the stack of warmed clothes ready to put on after a shower, the whistle of the kettle as it (finally) boils, instant heat at the lift of the hotplate cover, the handiness of a warming oven, even if we never actually remember to warm our plates before we eat.

We won’t miss the oil bills (although with electric heating in the new house we may be in for a shock; hopefully not literally) and we really really can’t justify getting a Rayburn in the new house, even a solid fuel one, on environmental, economic or even geometrical grounds as the kitchen isn’t big enough to fit one in and it would look a bit strange in our bedroom. So, having just bit the bullet and switched it off, that’s it.

Time to move on …

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6 Responses to Rayburned Out

  1. What will you do in the depths of winter if you have a power cut with only electric heating?

  2. disgruntled says:

    We have a woodburner as well

    • Paul M says:

      You’ll need it. It’s not that electricity won’t heat a home, just that it is either eye-wateringly expensive or inflexible and bulky because it relies on storage heaters and “Economy Seven”, or both.

      Still, if you get stuck, you can always follow the footsteps of Good King Wenceslas after that peasant gathering winter fyew ell.

      Does the woodburner have a back boiler?

  3. It will be OK, we don’t miss our our oil Aga anything like we expected to! Granted we’ve invested heavily in insulation. The thing I do miss though is its ‘chat’, the odd sort of burbling sound it made when the wind as in a certain direction. An electric fan oven seems shrill in comparison…
    We do have the benefit of a ground source heat pump, which after nearly three years, still seems to me, to work by some sort of white magic…

    • disgruntled says:

      That’s encouraging. The Rayburn sort of chunters especially when it’s due a service. The new place should be better insulated than here but I think we’ll still be glad of the wood burner

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