A rayburn is about 250 kg of cast iron and fire brick that can be used to heat your house, heat your water and heat your food. Ours only heats the kitchen and serves as a cooker.
the idea is that you use a small amount of fuel, the heat goes into the heavy casting and fire brick and takes a long time to cool.
We acquired ours off a free website about 2 years ago and with a great deal of swearing it was installed in the kitchen
So anyway, couple of days ago we lit the rayburn and made use of one of it's properties, the one about staying warm for a long time. A big joint of beef went in and was cooked very slowly over about 8 hours. The result was a near perfect joint, you really cannot beat a Rayburn oven. Cooking that involved about a bucket of fire wood, you really cannot go wrong.
The Rayburn has been getting to stay on rather more this last week, i think the late summer is giving way to a winter blast. Rain and wind have hammered the window in my bedroom, there is something rather nice about wind and rain. So long as you are sat in a room that is at about 23 C with a big log stove blazing away in the fireplace.
Maybe winter is not so bad after all.