Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Friday 4 November 2011

Woodburner installation

 Some chimney sweeping going on prior to inseting the liner down the chimney

 New stove in place - doesn't she look smart!

First fire!

Terry the installer was really quick, efficient and cleaned up the ( very minimal) mess he made. Would recommend him to anyone!


  1. Our woodburner is the thing I miss most ffrom our cottage. We have electric heating here......

  2. So far we have not used the central heating at all - the woodburner is heating the whole house up! We are adding an air circulation system with heat recovery as well soon, so the idea is the woodburner will be the main source of heat, supplemented by oil boiler and radiators in the very coldest of weather only.

  3. Your woodstove looks great!!!

    I love heating with wood heat. Been doing that over a decade. I don't ever want to rely 100% on central heating again!!

  4. Is this your second woodburner then? I remember you posting about going to a shop to research woodburners.

  5. @Jo - yes, we took out the old ( inefficient and damaged) woodburner we used to have last year - this is a new Burley Brampton - and yes we did go and look at Clearviews in a Mansion as well, in Ludlow - well remembered!

    @MM - we are luicky enough to own a small woodland so have always used a wood for heating this place - but now with this new stove and the better insulation we will be using a lot less oil :-)

  6. Very nice! Someday I hope to have it in the budget to install one also.


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