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January 13, 2014

Running Your Domestic Boiler With A Reverse Cycle Chiller

Filed under: Kitchen — Tags: , , , — bishop05 @ 1:29 pm

Natural gas is one of the most convenient and cost-effective energy sources available to consumers today. If you live in a part of the country that’s connected to the national gas grid, you won’t need to turn to any other fuel for your boiler. If you live in a rural part of the country that doesn’t have piped gas, though, you may find that the choices available to you are generally unsatisfactory. Burning coal or wood can be a hassle and domestic heating oil can be expensive and difficult to procure. Using electricity to run your boiler can be a good idea: every home has a reliable supply of electricity.
The only problem is that electricity costs twice what gas costs for a unit of energy. Conventional electric boilers turn out to be very expensive to run. Many would only be willing to use electricity if they could find an electric boiler technology that was so energy-efficient that it could compare to a natural gas boiler in running costs. Luckily, such a technology is easily available – it’s called the reverse cycle chiller. This boiler guide explains how this technology works.

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How the reverse cycle chiller works
Reverse cycle chillers work on the same basic principle as air conditioners. An air conditioner works by cycling a substance called refrigerant through a closed circuit of piping. Refrigerant has a very low boiling point at -29.8° C. It can boil into a gas even on a freezing cold day. When refrigerant is used in an air conditioner, it is pressurized inside a network of pipes in the appliance and cycled between the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. When refrigerant passes through the indoor part of the piping circuit, it absorbs heat from the room and boils into a gas. It then moves to the piping that’s outdoors to discharge the heat.
In winter, the same refrigerant cycle can be used in reverse. Heat can be absorbed from the outdoors and discharged indoors. Many appliance manufacturers make reverse air-conditioners to help heat homes. They are called air-to-air heat pumps. A reverse cycle chiller is a more efficient way to use the heat pump principle. Instead of directly heating the air in a room the way an air-to-air heat pump would, a reverse cycle chiller heats the water in a boiler. When such a boiler is connected to the central heating system in a home, it can heat its radiators and its wet underfloor heating systems. For more info click here
 
Getting a reverse cycle chiller installed
A reverse cycle chiller uses an outdoor unit and an indoor unit just as you’d find in any split air conditioner or air-to-air heat pump. The outdoor unit helps the refrigerant in the system collect heat from the environment and run it to the coils in the indoor unit. The indoor unit in a reverse cycle chiller is a system of refrigerant coils placed in a well-insulated boiler.
Installing a reverse cycle chiller system is a simple process. The installation crew takes out your old boiler, installs the new reverse cycle chiller in its place and runs concealed refrigerant piping out to the outdoor unit. You should probably read up a basic boiler guide on reverse cycle chillers to gain enough knowledge about the installation process to make sure the crew does a good job.
 
Reverse cycle chillers work by transferring heat from one place to another – they don’t expend energy to create heat, the way regular boilers do. This makes them very energy efficient. A downside to this heating technique is that its efficiency depends on the temperature outside. The colder it gets outside, the more difficult a reverse cycle chiller will find to collect heat to transfer indoors. Nevertheless, a properly qualified installation expert should be able to recommend a large enough unit to make efficient heating possible.
You can get a government grant to buy a reverse cycle chiller
While reverse cycle chillers use electricity, the government still considers them to be heaters that use alternative fuel. Beginning in the year 2014, the Renewable Heat Incentive plan will grant every home investing in a reverse cycle chiller a discount worth about £500 a year on its electricity bills. The thinking is that since the extraordinary efficiency of these appliances helps save electricity, people investing in them deserve the incentive. While these appliances can cost as much as £8,000 to install, the incentive plan can easily make them affordable.

Sam Jones the author of this article suggests that if you want to find out more about boilers visit uSwitch.com and look at there boiler guide pages, it provides a lot of helpful advice and guidance.

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November 10, 2013

Regency Natural Ultra Fine 100% Cotton Cheesecloth, 9sq.ft

Amazon ImageRegency Wraps, Inc. produces this ultra fine grade cheesecloth. The company takes pride in supplying chef-quality cooking accessories especially for the chef at home. Their products can be found in upscale outlets of kitchen, dining, and cookware accessories.

This ultra fine grade Regency cheesecloth is made of 100% natural cotton. It is bleach-free which makes it ideal for straining, steaming, basting, canning, and many other uses not only in the kitchen but also all around the home.

Many satisfied customers use it for making ricotta and other simple cheeses. They also come in handy if you want to strain fruits, veggies, and soup stocks. It can also be used for straining and thickening homemade yogurt. To keep your baked turkey juicy and flavorful, be sure to use this cheesecloth for basting. It works every time.

In addition to food preparations, this cheesecloth is also suitable for cleaning all around the house. For dusting and polishing furniture, for cleaning windows, for wiping mirrors, this cheesecloth will do just great for these house chores, too. It’s easy to clean and reuse. Just rinse it out and drape it somewhere to air dry.

Rated 4.2 stars, they are available online at USD3.95 with free shipping for orders over USD25.00.

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Chicago Metallic Baking Essentials Silicone Baking Cups, Set of 12

Filed under: Kitchen — Tags: — Chris Roper @ 5:05 am

Amazon ImageThese silicone baking cups are made by Chicago Metallic, a company that manufactures durable bakeware products that include roll pans, muffin pans, and cake pans. You can buy these baking cups in sets of 12 and in three different colors: brown, pink, and orange. They are heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, you can use them safely in your oven and your microwave. After baking, allow them to cool and you can put them directly in your refrigerator or freezer.

Amazon ImageYou can reduce the disposables in your kitchen by using these reusable silicon cups. There won’t be any need for paper liners, no greasing or oiling required, and you don’t have to flour the cups. Whatever you bake will slide out easily and they are very easy to clean. In addition, you can use these cups for freezing soup stocks, pizza sauce, tomato sauce, and herbs. Or you can slice some lemons, oranges and other fruit, put them in the cups, add water and freeze. You can use these as fun ice cubes for your fruit punch.

Amazon ImageA good value for your money, a set of 12 costs USD7.59 with free shipping on orders over USD25.00. Rated 4.6 stars, they will make good gifts for any baking enthusiast.

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Brentwood 1.5L SS Cord less Tea Kettle Brushed

Filed under: Coffee & Tea — Tags: , , — Chris Roper @ 4:32 am

Amazon ImageThis cordless tea kettle is made by Brentwood Appliances, a company that manufactures quality small appliances and cookware.  They have been in this industry for 25 years and they vouch for every product that carries their logo.

 

Brentwood 1.5L SS Cordless Tea Kettle  has a capacity of 1.5 liters with a beautiful stainless steel finish. The interior has graduated markings to make it easy to fill the kettle with the desired quantity of liquid.  It boils water very quickly and it turns off automatically when boiling or when dry, a safety feature that is highly appreciated by satisfied users.  It is also fitted with an overheat automatic shut off so you won’t have to worry about overheating even if you forget that you have the kettle on.

 

What’s more this kettle is very durable and can withstand prolonged daily use.  It is fitted with illuminated power indicators which make it easy to see even in the dark.  The kettle can also be lifted off the base for cordless use.

 

Many satisfied customers rated this tea kettle, 4 out of 5 stars.   You can purchase this functional kettle at USD23.24 with free shipping on orders over USD25, a good value for your money.

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October 24, 2013

Kikkerland Biodegradable Paper Straws, Red and White Striped, Box of 144

Filed under: Bakeware — Chris Roper @ 3:56 am

Brighten up your party with these beautiful and colorful paper straws that are manufactured by Kikkerland Design Inc. in New York, USA.   The red and white barber stripes are colored with food safe ink so you can be sure they are safe and nontoxic.  In addition they are FDA approved, biodegradable and compostable, and definitely eco-friendly.  They are, without a doubt, good substitutes for plastic straws.

If you are not into red and white, they also have these straws in blue and white stripes, blue polka dots, and red polka dots.  They will definitely add color to your table setting, no matter what occasion you are celebrating.

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, satisfied customers highly recommend these straws especially for baby showers, kids’ birthday parties, weddings, etc.  The red color is  vibrant, all you have to do is add some homemade straw flags and they will add chic to your party décor.

They come in boxes of 144 straws each and at USD4.99 per box with free shipping on orders over USD25, they are definitely a great value for your money. With such a reasonable price, you can be generous with these straws. They are perfect for cold beverages, but don’t use them with smoothies.

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October 22, 2013

Wilton 579-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue

Filed under: Kitchen — Chris Roper @ 3:43 am

Silicon bakeware and kitchen utensils have become quite popular nowadays. This trend came about because of the concerns connected to the toxicity of aluminum and plastic cookware. Disclosures from those who have studied the effects of aluminum and plastic have shown that these materials are not suitable for cooking because they are not stable to heat and are affected by the acids that are present in food.

Wilton 579-1121 is a food-grade silicon kitchen utensil that is manufactured by Wilton Enterprise, a leading food crafting company, that is based in Woodridge, Illinois. Perfect for your baking needs, this 3-piece set of flexible silicon spatulas includes one small-size spatula, a medium sized one, and a large-sized spoon shaped spatula. All three are fitted with beautiful, translucent, blue tinted, crystal like handles with holes for hanging. Hundreds of customers rate the product 4.5 stars.

Available at an affordable price of USD7.54 plus free shipping on orders over USD25, it is indeed a great value for money. All the spatulas are highly heat resistant up to 500 degrees F hence ideal for stove to mixing bowl use. They are so versatile they can be used for scrapping, stirring, and spreading. They are also stain and odor resistant as well as dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

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October 10, 2013

Brentwood 1.5L SS Cord less Tea Kettle Brushed

Filed under: Coffee & Tea — Chris Roper @ 6:04 pm

This cordless tea kettle is made by Brentwood Appliances, a company that manufactures quality small appliances and cookware.  They have been in this industry for 25 years and they vouch for every product that carries their logo.

Brentwood 1.5L SS Cordless Tea Kettle  has a capacity of 1.5 liters with a beautiful stainless steel finish. The interior has graduated markings to make it easy to fill the kettle with the desired quantity of liquid.  It boils water very quickly and it turns off automatically when boiling or when dry, a safety feature that is highly appreciated by satisfied users.  It is also fitted with an overheat automatic shut off so you won’t have to worry about overheating even if you forget that you have the kettle on.

What’s more this kettle is very durable and can withstand prolonged daily use.  It is fitted with illuminated power indicators which make it easy to see even in the dark.  The kettle can also be lifted off the base for cordless use.

Many satisfied customers rated this tea kettle, 4 out of 5 stars.   You can purchase this functional kettle at USD23.24 with free shipping on orders over USD25, a good value for your money.

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September 15, 2013

Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak-Proof Travel Mug

Filed under: Coffee & Tea — Tags: , , , , , , — bishop05 @ 2:06 am

Amazon ImageThermos Nissan, the undisputed leading manufacturer of upscale thermal-insulated products, makes this ultra-durable Stainless King Vacuum Insulated Travel Tumbler.  Unlike the traditional thermos, it features the innovative thermos vacuum insulation technology that eliminates temperature changes inside the container. 

 

You can be sure that your hot beverages will remain hot for 5 hours while cold drinks will keep cold for 9 hours. Besides, your food keeps fresher much longer.  This is made possible by the airless space between its two stainless steel walls. In addition the exterior remains cool to the touch and condensation-free if filled with cold drinks.

 

Besides its stainless steel interior and exterior, the Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak- Proof Travel Mug is also fitted with a leak-proof Drinklock sealing lid that is easy to operate.  Just push the lever to the right to open and to the left to close.  When  closed, you can be sure nothing will leak out.  It is dishwasher safe, plus, the lid can be taken apart for easy cleaning. 

 

To optimize the insulation, you are advised to pre-chill or pre-heat the tumbler before use.  To do this, first fill the tumbler with hot or cold tap water.  Next, close the lid for a few minutes. Then pour off the water and fill the tumbler with your favorite drink.

 

Satisfied users rate this mug 4.6 stars.  The price is very reasonable at USD20.92 plus free shipping on orders over USD25.

 

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September 13, 2013

Progressive GT-3520 International 19-Piece Measuring Cup and Spoon Set

Amazon ImageThis 19-piece measuring set is made by  Progressive International, one of the best suppliers of a wide range of practical, innovative, and fun to use kitchen tools. It comes with a 9 piece measuring spoon set and a 10 piece measuring cup set.  Reasonably priced at USD12.15 with free shipping on orders over USD25,  this measuring set is definitely a must for your kitchen.  The nice mix of colors not only livens up your kitchen but it makes it easier to tell the sizes apart.

 

The wide range of sizes, odd sizes included, is  a huge time saver because it eliminates multiple cup measurements that can sometimes be tedious and time consuming.  Precise measurements will no longer be a problem.  Moreover, the large handles snugly fit your hands and with the cup sizes molded on the handles, you can be sure they won’t wear off with use.

 

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, this measuring set has a lot of features that meet customer needs.  It is dishwasher safe, light, and easy to handle.  You can even use them in your microwave to melt butter if you like.  If you do a lot of cooking and baking, this functional kitchen tool will definitely suit your needs.

Progressive GT-3520 International 19-Piece Measuring Cup and Spoon Set
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April 7, 2013

Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer Review

Filed under: Glassware — Tags: , , , , , , , — bishop05 @ 9:08 pm

Amazon ImageBreville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer is a special product that weights merely around 15 pounds and serves the purpose really well. This is a powerful juicer that extracts juice with 5 speeds making it perfect for almost every fruit and even vegetables. The juicer is made from stainless steel so that you do not have to worry about it getting stained or damaged in anyway. This is a 900-watt machine with speed ranging from 6500 rpm to 12500 rpm. For maximum extraction you should run it at the maximum speed and it will give you perfect results.

This juicer is famous for delicious and nutritious juices. It does not impact the taste negatively and you get to enjoy fresh juice whenever you want to. It is very easy to operate the machine. Plus, due to its small size (16-4/5 by 15-1/2 by 10-1/4 inches) it can fit anywhere in your kitchen. You will not even have to be embarrassed about keeping it on the counter as it can be the center of Amazon Imageattraction due to its nice design. Its parts are dishwasher safe and include a 3-inch circular feed tube a backlit control panel, juice jug and froth separator, cleaning brush and detachable spout. A great product for juice lovers!

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