Two bits of kit arrived at the barn yesterday morning. This huge water tank above, and the wood fired cooker/boiler below. I'm pleased to say that the cooker is in PERFECT condition; as is the tank.
The water tank will be connected to three different heat sources; solar, electric, and wood, and should prove to be as 'eco' as we are convinced will work. I'm not at all convinced by many so-called 'eco' products; wind turbines being a good example.
The wood-fired cooker looks like a very serious piece of kit, and is much more hi-tech than it outwardly appears. We have a friend with a very similar stove, and it responds almost at once to opening or closing the flues. Our own dear 'George' (as much as we love him) is far less responsive, and takes a good half an hour to change temperature (if at all).
Not sure, but I think the stove's chimney and the solar panels will arrive today; if so they'll be up on the roof, I hope it stays dry. We're getting there, petit à petit!