Having spent a while on French websites trying to ascertain the number of steres that will get us through the winter and coming up with the answer - anywhere between 8 and 62!!! I thought I might get a better idea from an expat forum. And so I read through NEW TO FINISTERRE (AND TO LOG BURNERS!) Oh dear now I remember why I haven't got involved in online discussions for many a long year! That discussion went a bit sideways, I had hoped bois de chauffage usage would have been a more logical route.
So is there someone out there in a similar situation that I could equate to - old house/minimal insuation, single glazing, 10kw poele to heat 55sq. m. (electric heaters in bedrooms) in the south of France but not a hot part of the south!
My son lives in Brittany and swears by 'flamey flames', French websites seem to favour just a glow, but French youtube tutorials on how to operate your poele appear to be blazing away.
So what's your answer?