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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:11 pm 
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Has anybody had any long term experience of aluminium clad wood burning stoves like this Contura ? I think they look nice but I am apprehensive about the aluminium and whether it will keep its finish.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:16 am 
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are you sure it aluminum and not stainless steel :dunno: :dunno:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:46 am 
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Yes it is aluminium, the dealer says it is and the company blurb says it is as well. It does seem an unusual material to have wrapped round a fire that reaches such high temperatures.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:27 am 
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seems to be loads about[web search]so would assume they have done there homework and many a burn to find out :dunno: :dunno:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:37 pm 
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Hmmm. thinking of a woodstove for the new house (when we finally get there)


Not sure if this will help the Op but I found out that unfortunately the actual Stove is the cheapest part of any installation.
The flue and its housing is what makes the largest part of the cost, even going with the cheapest stoves (around £400) the overall cost of the installation was estimated to cost in the region of £3000 total, - this was for installation into a standard 2 bed house but requiring an external chimney built from scratch as there is no fireplace/chimney present in the house (80's build)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:28 pm 
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Drozon, have you researched the stainless steel liners, specificly for external use, so no chimney required.


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Yeah, that was what the estimate would have included. The trouble is as with everything there are strict regs as to the size of the Chinney (1 metre above the ridgeline of the roof - if i remember right) and having a HETAS installation for insurance to be willing to cover a Stove in a modern property. In the end the costs add up pretty quickly.

For now the idea will be on the back burner.. (bad pun i know) We are yet to get into the new house anyways.. problems further up the housing chain... was dreaming of christmas in the new house.. now is going to be January at the very earliest...


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I think wrapping aluminium makes much more sense than using stainless steel. Anyone here ever seen the "pretty" colours stainless backsplashes go behind gas hobs if they get too hot?


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I'm due to get a very similar Contura stove installed, but in soapstone rather than aluminium. I think anything shiny or polished on a wood burning stove is just asking for lots of cleaning.

Coupled to a twin lined stainless steel flue rising straight up from the stove, I'm quoted £5700 inc VAT. Mind you, the soapstone version seems to be the most expensive in their range. I agree though, the cost of the stove is just a small fraction of the overall cost. Should be getting it installed in the next couple of weeks.


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