Originally Posted by Rosiemac
I'm from the UK, and my heating system is gas fired radiators. My partner who lives in the highlands of Scotland has a solid fuel heating system though because theres no gas where he is because it's quite remote.
Once his coal fire is lit and the water is hot, theres a pump that he opens up and that distributes the hot water around his radiators and it's toasty!
The only downside to a coal fire is it can be quite cold in the mornings once the fire has went out, then you have to clean it out and start again, unlike my heating that can be set to come on with a timer.
That reminds me, i must pack my bed socks when i go up there next weekend
Where in the Highlands, Susan? I moved to Copenhagen from there
We also had a heating system at some point that used solid fuel. I don't recall that much about it because I was very small at the time, but I do remember how cold it was in the mornings. I slept between my parents in their bed with a hat and gloves on and there would be ice on the insides of the windows. But the house was poorly insulated and not double-glazed, so I'm certain that would have had an adverse effect on any heating.
We also had an open fire when we moved to the Highlands, which is fantastic for one room... not much use to heat a whole house though, of course. It heats up a treat, but you do have to clean the grate out every morning and start again.... when I was about 12, it was my job to clean the grate out and light the fire in the morning. I earned my pocket money as a kid
On the plus side, it's really cozy to be able to sit around it and toast things over it.... I miss that. A family of four sitting around the fire with hot chocolate, snow and wind outside, toasting marshmallows and roasting chestnuts.... (ok... the nuts went black because we burned them. The sentiment was there though!) You also have the advantage of there being less to go wrong with it. It's fairly reliable and if I recall rightly, it's also cheaper than gas......