Efficient heat source
Deciding on what type of heating system to include in a new home or a renovation, can be one of the hardest decisions to be made amidst all the planning and discussions undertaken. When Gary Bassett and his fiancee Emma Plowman were faced with this challenge as they were transforming the former Whiterig Dairy Factory near Gore into their home, they knew a serious heating solution was required.
Gary and Emma said the large area in this building required a very efficient heat source, and because the couple’s philosophy with the alterations being undertaken was to do the very best at a very high standard, this also had to be applied to the heating system adopted.
As there were already radiators in the building which Gary said he didn’t want to lose, along with existing pipe work, this was where the plan for heating began.
‘‘The radiators were cast iron, and bright orange, but they were in excellent condition, so we opted to get them spray painted black, and they work very well in the home.’’
After six months of searching the internet and researching different types of boilers they could have fitted to work the radiators, Gary said he turned to ‘Pipeworx’ for advice.
‘‘They had the latest knowledge regarding a suitable system for our home,’’ he said.
‘‘Not only did they advise me on what to fit, they also got me a great deal on a new boiler.
‘‘I can’t rate them highly enough,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a big job for them to take on, and I just can’t fault them for their time and support.
‘‘Any questions I had, they were always happy to answer it. And nothing was ever a problem,’’ Gary said.
Gary and Emma opted for a wood gasification burner. This provides adequate heat energy - which supplies ample hot water to run the radiators and to supply the household hot water. The system has an electric backup. ‘‘The only thing you can use in this boiler is wood, and from the heat which was generated this past weekend from it, I think we will be the envy of the neighbourhood,’’ Gary said.
‘‘One room here is 160 square metres, and we were sitting in t-shirts and were very cosy.’’
Emma Plowman and Gary Bassett. Inset: The former Whiterig Dairy Factory.