Review of Aarrow Acorn 5 View stove

Aarow Acorn View 5: compact but powerful

L Jennings 6 years ago

We had this stove installed in September and have used it almost every evening since, and sometimes through the day. Provided wood is well seasoned it roars away: our flue temperature is 150-220 degrees C in use. We load 1 or 2 half or quarter round logs every 30 mins to an hour and it warms to room very well- sometimes too well! It certainly trips out the gas central heating thermostat with ease. I run it with both vents fully open for best burn, which reduces airwash effect but dry wood leaves little tar anyway so not a problem. The firebox is small, so ideal if you can provide/cut your own logs to size so they drop onto grate properly. I imagine bagged logs may be too long in some cases. The build is excellent and as the body is welded there are no bolts to work loose. It has the option to add a back boiler and is very compact so fits into small opening thereby reducing labour costs during installation. The ash pan is a tad fiddly but only needs emptying every 2-3 days. The handle gets hot but Aarow supply a "hot Glove" so this has never been an issue. I would buy Aaarow again.

Stove expert replied: Ideally you should not keep both vents fully open for periods of more than 20 mins at any one time as this can caused over-firing of the stove. The bottom vent should then be shut down to provide a gentle burn rate, opening again when a max burn is required but again only for 20mins at any time. Empty the ash pan at least daily so that the ash can't build up and touch the underneath of the grate, if this is allowed the grate will have a shortened life time.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 5)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 5)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 5)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 5)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 3.5)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Handle operation not yet rated (avg 2.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 4.5)