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Review of Aarrow Ecoburn 7 stove

Better than watching telly

Dave Thorley 10 years ago

We bought a multifuel stove to reduce on heating bills, not having an alternative heat source to our central heating. The Ecoburn 7 was my first choice visually as it doesn't have an old fashioned feel to it, while it still retains the right looks for the living room in our 1920's house. The slight curvature and rounded edges also give it a softer, less boxy look. The viewing window is large, the handle easy to use (but use the mitten supplied as it gets hot!)and the controls are simple. \n\nBest use of the air vent controls is learnt pretty quickly, once you get used to striking the right balance between air for coal burning with the bottom slider and the top vent for wood burn and the airwash. While the airwash seems reasonably effective you find yourself having to wipe the glass down every few days (a wet wipe works fine), although the sooting could be coal, not wood, related.\n\nWe tend to use seasoned hard wood to get the temperature sufficiently high to get our coal (supertherm) burning. Once it's going then the level of heat is impressive. We're heating a 20ft by 15ft room with high ceilings. If you overload the fuel then the living room door needs opening to vent some of the heat into the hall. A by-product of the heat is you'll notice surrounding brick work and the upstairs chimney breast are gently warm to the touch so the chill is being taken off the house elsewhere.\n\nWe've had to run the fire on a daily basis for weeks, and sometimes overnight, because of a sick family member, and performance has been excellent, fuel costs are low compared to gas central heating and we've been able to reduce or switch off heating in the rest of the house, further saving money.\n\nI'd recommend this stove to anyone and you'll probably find that you spend more time watching the stove than the TV!

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 3.9)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.6)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.3)