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
Different cookers come with different fuel sources so you are
able to choose the one that is best suited to your home.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Solid fuel- Solid fuel Rayburns must be installed by a HETAS
(Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme) engineer.
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