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Central Heating BG

I like to think that I am quite sensible when it comes to the necessities of life. Food and Shelter are a must. Here in Bulgaria it gets quite 'nippy' in the winter, we had -15C day time temps last winter. So keeping warm is definately a must.

The traditional way, and the way I do this is to have a log burning stove and basically live in one room that you keep warm. Friends have told me that they find central heating a must, but heating the space in rooms that are empty 95% of the time just seems like a waste.

I am not really bothered about global warming, carbon dioxide ommissions and the like, I think there is a red herring there somewhere. We don't go around stopping volcanoes erupting because of CO2 output do we? Volcanoes contribute a lot more CO2 to the atmosphere than me burning too many logs to heat rooms that are not used. This is just a natural cycle in the planets life. If we as humans ruin the planet, then we will all die. Big deal. We have only been here for blink of an eye anyway, what difference will it make when we have gone! So stop telling me not to burn things!

Opps, got sidetracked there, back to keeping warm in winter. I get through about 4 cubic meters of firewood during the winter, keeping my one room at a nice temp, this also provides me cooking facilities, and helps with hot water. In addition to the wood I probably use about 100kg of coal. This is mainly done to stop me from having to relight the fire every morning, I just dampen it down at night with a few lumps of coal and it is ready to go in the morning. Efficient or just damn lazy!

Here is my wood burner which set me back 130 lev (65 Euros)

My log burner and oven in 1

If you don't use coal to dampen down at night or haven't done it well enough, the normal way of lighting them in Bulgaria seems to with fircones which I am collecting at the moment. They are great natural firelighters. There is a Bulgarian superstition, at least in my pub. That says if you sleep with a Roma girl you will always light your fire first time. I doubt the accuracy of this, and don't think Annie would like me to test it out to see if it works!


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  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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