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Old 24th Jan 2024, 5:29 pm   #21
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Surprisingly realistic (for it's time at least) burning coals. Nice find.
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Old 24th Jan 2024, 5:43 pm   #22
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…that vintage MK plug on the new mains lead… I know it doesn't have shielded pins, but it's just too nice to not use it. Please don't just throw it away…
Updates to British Standards are not retrospective. The old MK plug conformed to BS1363 when it was made, so it’s perfectly fine for it to continue in use so long as it’s undamaged. Too many people think they have to replace such an old plug top with a modern shrouded-pin version, a myth perpetuated by many PAT testing operatives!
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Old 24th Jan 2024, 5:57 pm   #23
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Regarding the placebo effect on animals!

It's odd because my six year old cats have never seen a real coal fire, so haven't ever felt the heat from one.

But they do congregate in front of the electric fire in the photo when the pebble bed is switched on.

The fan heater isn't on, so there's no heat being produced.

The only way at least one of them could feel any heat is by squatting on top of the pebbles, because there's still a 40 watt incandescent bulb inside to create the draught to turn the 'spinner wheel' that creates the flame effect.

Other than that, there's no heat at all.

Do they instictively know that orange light produces heat sometimes?

I always thought cats couldn't see colours, but now I'm starting to wonder...


Cats are mysterious, aren't they?

That's probably why so many of us on UKVRRR love them so much.
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Old 25th Jan 2024, 2:41 am   #24
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What will we all do when our incandescent bulbs have stopped working?

LED bulbs don't produce heat, so the spinning discs that create the flame effect won't work.

I've got one incandescent bulb left - a 15 watt SES pygmy oven bulb.

It'll do for the fire whenever the present one expires.

After that, I just don't know...
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Old 25th Jan 2024, 8:52 am   #25
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60 watt BC “Fireglow” bulbs are still readily available from numerous suppliers, including Amazon, at ten bulbs for under a fiver. Stock up!

A small number of types of special duty or rough service incandescent lamps escaped the EU ban on filament light bulbs.
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Old 27th Jan 2024, 9:10 pm   #26
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If it's of any use, I was recently given a 1000 watt "pencil type electric fire element" - that's the box description anyway. Length 11 and 3/4 inches, described as "suitable for Belling PTB 102 X/T 1125B". Made by Wellco, no date on the box but it looks new.
Hi Trev.

Have just picked up your reply. Could I buy the element from you? I live in Torquay.

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