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Try economy-radiators.com. That's where I got mine from. They're not cheap , but compared to fitting a boiler etc. they are.

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Yes, I had the same problem, All major DIY stores sell them and I know that Leroy Merlin do a good deal but you would be better going to these places personally if you can. I am sure that the Spanish speakers on this site will know what they are called.
look for "Calor Azul" or "Calefaccion electrica"

either will bring up a number of websites

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The comparison with a medieval castle is accurate (and the reason they wore layers of long clothes then) but why all this rush to bump up the electric bill? One of my reasons for moving to Spain was to avoid huge bills! Our calor gas cooker has been on the same gas bottle since March despite having four lots of visitors, and we still have a pile of logs left over from last year. OK you do get a cold back if you don't wrap up on a cold night but there's nothing quite like gazing into a blazing log fire is there, and frying eggs in a pan on the hot ashes in the morning! Aside from that, all the work involved with log fires warms you up and keeps you fit.
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I'm not judging or critising by any means - but it is interesting that people who move to Spain are more willing to suffer/slum it etc to live in Spain than they would in the UK. Few of us would buy/rent a house in the UK with damp issues, no carpets, insulation or central heating. Ok, so the summers are hotter, but that only accounts for three months of the year and during the days.

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My stance is that we have become too reliant on electricity. We don't need half the so-called necessities of life. I wanted to escape carpets and central heating i.e. bunged up noses, headaches, and asthma! I hate hoovering, so gave ours away. I won't have to have a pet destroyed again because advanced years were resulting in accidents on the carpeted floors, our stone flags can take anything you throw at them. Yes we like our internet, the telly and being able to phone the kids, but if your house is so labour-saving what do you do with yourself all day? Sitting on the terrace swigging cheap wine has got to get boring after a year or two. I am pretty confident that I will be slapping 'mortero seco' at our walls for years to come and then there's the garden to sort out! Whatever I'm destined to die from, it won't be boredom!
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I'm not judging or critising by any means - but it is interesting that people who move to Spain are more willing to suffer/slum it etc to live in Spain than they would in the UK. Few of us would buy/rent a house in the UK with damp issues, no carpets, insulation or central heating. Ok, so the summers are hotter, but that only accounts for three months of the year and during the days.

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Hey Jo. How long were you here?

Summer (i.e. sun, blue sky and temps >25C) start at beginning of May and go through to end of October which by my schooling equals SIX months (sometimes it last for even longer such as last year). Here the lack of carpets and nice cool tiled floor is so nice when it is hot and all I can say is if you bought/rented a house with much in the way of damp issues, then more fool you. We have a small amount of rising damp as do most people in Spain because they don't usually build with a dpc but they have ways of coping with that. The situation here is very much as it was in UK seventy years ago (no dpc, no insulation, no d/g, no central heating, no aircon, no cavity walls and in some cases no electricity and no running water or sewer) and when you look at Spain's history over the last couple of hundred years, it is hardly surprising that they have a lot of catching up to do.

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One point also most of us (me for one) grew up in mostly unheated homes (one gas fire in the sitting room), with no DG, central heating etc, and with a bath once a week (whether we needed it or not!) and the sad thing is our generation are healthier than our grandchildren who have all these so-called benefits. Modern is not necessarily better!

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I'm not judging or critising by any means - but it is interesting that people who move to Spain are more willing to suffer/slum it etc to live in Spain than they would in the UK. Few of us would buy/rent a house in the UK with damp issues, no carpets, insulation or central heating. Ok, so the summers are hotter, but that only accounts for three months of the year and during the days.

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And ... who would even entertain the idea of using a paraffin heater in the UK?

Good grief! - that takes me back to a 1960's council flat in sowf lunden

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I hate the cold , hence living in Spain. So winters have been a trial. I am bringing some new type electric radiators from England. They give out the same heat as traditional 'wet' types, they can be mounted on the wall , look pretty, cheapish to run and just plug into a 13 amp socket. I use them in england and you can't tell the difference.
you can buy those in leroys / akis / any local electrical shop here in spain. ive fitted a fair few to other peoples houses while working with a local electrician. they do come recomended, but it depends if you like paying bills at the end of the month or buying logs and having no more to spend out?

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And ... who would even entertain the idea of using a paraffin heater in the UK?

Good grief! - that takes me back to a 1960's council flat in sowf lunden
i bet you could list 20 things that you would never dream of doing in the uk.. that you´ve done or seen people doing on a daily basis here in spain.

makes me sad.

how many people would drive about in illegal cars, not pay their council taxes, knock down a wall or two on a sunday afternoon, have 10 beers then drive home (its ok, cos paco does it ) etc etc etc.

most people that live here need a good kick up the back side.

but thats getting off topic, sorry.
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