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To Heat or Not to Heat


As our short stay comes to an end, we’re busy discussing the best way to heat the place for the next time we come over in winter. Outside temperatures these past few days have varied from freezing overnight to 16 degrees or more on sunny days at lunchtime. Without the sun we’ve seen mid-day temperatures as low as a few degrees. We have a wood fire and electric heat, but neither are really up to the job, taking days to heat the place up. 

After a short trip to Huescar where they were revving up for their “Mardi Gras”,  last night we took our first trip to Bistro 23 and La Casa Grande in El Margen, a delightful restaurant run by Brits Simon and Jan. In the process they showed us their solution to heat: ceramic panels called Econoheat. These 425w panels take 4 simple mounting holes and are easy to use – even safe to fit in bathrooms etc. So currently we’re looking to using these to supplement the wood fire for those colder days.

And so on our final day, the sun is shining, the jacuzzi is working and the laptop fan is on it’s last legs…  off for a soak, I think.

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