Piano in sams room as long-burner?
Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:50
Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:32
I supose one thing to think about is how does the heat feel when you're sitting on the sofa? If it's pleasently cosy then maybe a piano 4m away will be OK. If you're being blasted with heat then the piano might suffer.
Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:41
I used to keep my piano in the same room as a log-burner, several metres from it. Like you, we use it as back-up during the winter at weekends. It shared the same room for some years, and there was no noticeable detrimental effect on the piano, although if your log-burner gives off a lot of dust, you may want to keep the piano lid closed when it's not in use. I didn't move my piano from that room because of the log-burner, but just because I changed my teaching-room for other reasons. If you are really worried, perhaps you could check with a piano supplier / tuner. To be honest, though, aren't most pianos in homes just a few metres from one heat source or another?
Posted 10 August 2017 - 13:41
One thing my tuner has suggested to one of my pupils who has the piano near a radiator and also has a log burner in the same room is a bowl of water near by to help regulate the dryer atmosphere. The only downside to this is the cat thinks it's an alternative water source.
Posted 11 August 2017 - 00:51
It might depend on the output of the log burner; we have a large, high sitting room with a huge log burner that's only used occasionally, and were advised not to put a piano in the room, even at a substantial distance, because of the big temperature increases when the log burner is in use. We were contemplating a heat screen, but ended up buying a smaller baby grand and putting it in another room.