A Guide to Heating Your House with a Rayburn

Not only do Rayburn cookers make delicious food but some models also have the ability to provide you with central heating. There is a boiler to suit every home - the smallest Rayburn model is able to heat two to three radiators and the largest model is able to heat up to 20 radiators. With a model that provides heating and cooking, you can still cook without having to use the central heating, as the twin burner models have separate burners for each of the tasks. Certain models also have a programmer that allows you to set the heating and cooker to come on separately.

To help you choose the right Rayburn cooker for you, you should have a site survey carried out as it will ensure that you are able to find a cooker that meets your needs and requirements. It should be carried out by a qualified installer, such as a Rayburn Heat Centre Engineer.


Different cookers come with different fuel sources so you are able to choose the one that is best suited to your home.

Oil Gas Wood Solid Fuel


Natural gas is said to be one of the cleanest burning energy sources for the home, it produces less sulphur dioxide, less particulate matter and less nitrogen - which means that it has a lower risk of smog and health and visibility affects. Natural gas is also very efficient. 

LPG or Liquid Petroleum Gas is propane gas that is bottled in cylinders, it's normally used when houses do not have gas mains nearby for a natural gas supply. However, LPG is the cleanest burning rural fossil fuel available and emits less carbon than other fuels.


Rayburn cookers were traditionally run on oil and are still a popular choice for many homes, with over 1.5 million in the UK using it. Oil is an economical and efficient tool that can supply you with reliable central heating, hot water and cooking. It's worth noting that it is cheaper to buy a big tank of oil when you get your cooker rather than to fill up smaller tanks throughout the year. The oil tank also needs to be adjacent to the home to fuel it efficiently.

Solid Fuels

Every Rayburn that is able to run on solid fuel can be fuelled with natural, carbon neutral wood or manufactured smokeless fuel - they are also available in wood only, if that's what you would prefer.

If you are choosing to burn wood then it's important to ensure that it is completely dry - if the wood is high in moisture or damp and wet it can cause tar and smoke. This tar and smoke has the potential to harm your flue.

A solid fuel Rayburn has low running costs and is an environmentally friendly way of heating your home. Burning wood releases the same amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as it would if it was left to decompose on the floor, the trees then absorb that carbon dioxide and the cycle is repeated.

One of the advantages of solid fuel is that it if there is a power cut or a supply failure you will not be affected because you are not reliant on the energy suppliers. However, you do need to ensure that you are always stocked up.


Rayburn boilers are regular boilers and heat your central heating system directly, in addition to producing hot water for your cylinder - a cylinder is required for the hot water and most are suitable for a Rayburn.

From low output options (1.9kW/6,000Btu) to provide domestic hot water to high output boilers (29.3kW/100,000Btu) capable of heating 20 radiators there is a Rayburn boiler to suit just about any requirement. The Rayburn range offers high efficiency 'A' rated condensing models which are up to 92.2% efficient.

Application of alternative and green technologies


There are plenty of options and system combinations - for both new build houses and existing systems. With a number of other sources of energy that can be incorporated to work in conjunction with your Rayburn, including ground source (geo thermal) heat pumps, solar thermal, biomass, wood logs and pellet - the choice is yours.

Rayburn cookers are also compatible with under floor heating and zoning. The efficiency of a heating system is greatly increased by dividing the home into distinct heating zones covering different heating needs. In most cases there is no need to heat bedrooms during the day, when they are not in use, or to run the whole system at the same temperature.

Efficiency and running costs

When it comes to efficiency, Rayburn models are among some of the best. They do as much as they can for as little as possible and some models also offer complete control over the central heating, cooking and hot water so that you can amend it to suit your own lifestyle.

Rayburn boilers are highly rated for both energy efficiency and fuel use. However, you will need to contact a qualified heating engineer to calculate how much your central heating will cost to run from your Rayburn - costs will vary as they will depend on the size and type of your house.

Rayburn cookers may even be able to reduce some costs within the home by completing tasks that would otherwise cost money and energy, such as: drying the dishes or washing and keeping drinks and food warm. Because of its ability to produce heat slowly and efficiently in to the room, you may not even need a radiator in the kitchen, which could save you energy and money.

The Rayburn itself is also efficient as it is made from seventy per cent of recycled materials.


Installing a cooker with central heating needs to be done correctly to ensure that it is safe and connected properly. Before you install your appliance you should get advice from your Rayburn retailer or a Rayburn Guild member as they can advise you on any issues that you may have and what you need for a successful installation.

Each fuel needs to be installed by a qualified professional.

Gas - Gas fuelled Rayburns need to be installed by a registered Gas safe engineer. 

Oil fired - This type of fuelled Rayburn needs to be installed by an OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) registered engineer as they will need to complete a completion certificate to certify that the cooker is safe to use and has been installed accordingly.

Solid fuel- Solid fuel Rayburns must be installed by a HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme) engineer.

Servicing Engineer Square

Your Rayburn should be serviced once or twice a year and the service should always be carried out by a fully trained engineer. There are a number of Rayburn Heat Centre Engineers across the UK that are happy to service your Rayburn. As well as ensuring that a fully trained engineer services your appliance, you should also ensure that they are only using genuine Rayburn parts.

If you have a solid fuel or wood burning cooker then you will need to sweep the chimney and clean out the flues regularly - you can do this yourself if you have instructions from your manufacturer.