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Review of Aarrow Ecoburn 7 stove

Worst Stove Ever

Alan Woollard 6 years ago

Having spent many years using a variety of stoves whilst living and working on canal boats I consider myself well versed in a range of fires and stoves.

Unfortunately this stove comes nowhere near my ideal.

I have had the stove for over 5 years now only because I can't afford to buy another.

I admit that I live 800 ft up and a mile and a half back from the North Cornish coast which does provide quite a draw from the chimney.

My issues are.

1. The handle is certainly not "Cool" as advertised so much so I am surprised trading Standards have not queried the description.

2. Neither of the air controls will actually close to regulate the stove and can be heard clicking open as the wind draws the chimney.

Consequently the stove always burns too hot and it is all but impossible to use wood.

3. I have gone through two sets of Liners as these break down very quickly.

4. I have gone through two of the retaining bars - They just burn up.

Both of the above are probably due to the high temperates because I can't control the air.

5. Just having to order another glass for the door as it has broken again.

6. The airwash system occasionally keeps a small central area less covered in tar and deposits but that's all. (I do use smokeless nuts as recommended by my coal man for this type of stove.

7. The riddle arrangement only works for about ten minutes after dismantling and cleaning out the ash that clogs it up.

8. The airflow plate has burnt through.

9. I have had to replace the rope seal to the door twice.

I am dreading another winter fighting to deal with the stove.

Alan Woollard

Stove expert replied: If the flue draw is so excessive either install a damper or stabilizer so that you gain more control of the stove, allowing the stove to work at high temperatures for prolonged periods is exposing components to higher than expected temperatures and is probably leading to their failure and necessity of replacements.

Overall rating:

2 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 1.5 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 3.5 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 3.5 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 1 flames (avg 3.9)
Controllability 0.5 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 0.5 flames (avg 3.6)
How likely are you to buy it again? 0.5 flames (avg 4.2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 4.3)