WhatStove?

Review of Aarrow Ecoburn 5 inset stove

Multifuel version.

Mike Simmonds 5 years ago

The size of the firebox is limited by the size requirement of an inset stove, but means that it can only be kept in overnight if coal is used. Well seasoned hardwood burns hotter and faster than coal, expect to top up hourly at full heat output. I have had difficulty reducing the heat output and am about to have an insulated flue liner fitted in an attempt to fix this problem, which will double the price of the stove. It was a tight fit in the fireplace without the liner and Gather. The Gather will only fit a 5inch flue and the building regulations require a 6inch. This means an additional adapter is required which makes the installation even more awkward and expensive.

The stove "pings" quite loudly as it expands and contracts whilst heating and cooling.

I used about 6 cubic meters of hard wood over last winter, heating a 1930s 3 bedroom bungalow with minimal loft insulation, which I feel is not bad.

With wood being used it really must be swept at least annually.

The company customer service has been excellent.

Stove expert replied: Inset stoves can be more difficult to install but once the insulated flue has been added things should settle down and performance easier to regulate. You have not said if the stove is insulated around the inset box or whether it is the chair back version.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of use 3.5 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames (avg 4.9)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 2.8)
How well does the airwash work 3.5 flames (avg 4.5)
Controllability 1.5 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 1.5 flames (avg 2.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3.5 flames (avg 4.6)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames (avg 4.6)