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No heating/using log burner = wheezy. Advice please!?

The boiler's leaking gas so it's been turned off all weekend and won't be fixed till wednesday. This obviously means no hot water or heating. Bad news!!! I've been using the log burner stove thingy (I've not used one before) as it's the only way of keeping warm. Have noticed I've become more and more wheezy over the last few days though. Could this be from the fire? And if so does anyone have any tips for me. I need to use it so I don't freeze to death but it's making it hard to breathe. Not good.

Thanks, Zippi

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Wood burner making you wheeze. If you only got heat in 1 room, going into cold room wont help either. Use inhaler more often, if you could get a couple of electric convectors, it would be lot healthier environment for you. Keep an eye on your peak flow readings. Good luck, keep warm


In our student place the boiler was forever breaking down. We found the convection heaters and fan heaters were very effective at warming a cold room, but I could never tolerate them being on for longer than 10 mins as it felt like they somehow stole my air (this was before I was diagnosed as asthmatic); however once the room was warm those little electric oilheaters seemed to keep the room warm, but they were terrible for warming up a cold room, which is why we persevered with short bursts of the convection and fan heaters. We did have a halogen heater too, but it was very bright (I mean hurt's your eyes kind of bright) and we only felt the benefit if we were sat right next to it, so we didn't use that one much. Other than that wearing layers and watching tv wearing sleeping bags or under lots of blankets helped if the room was still a little cold. If you want to persevere with the wood burner all I can suggest is taking your reliever at regular intervals, and possibly getting the chimney/flu swept to make sure it's working at its best.


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