Review of Aarrow Ecoburn Plus 9 multifuel stove

Unsuitable Grate bars for multifuel use.

Howard Syddall 3 years ago

As the previous reviewer puts it the new bars on the plus range are wholly unsuited to burning smokeless fuel in that they are unable to riddle efficiently. I first tried to rectify this by using a hand held angle grinder to widen the gaps between the bars which had little effect. I then asked AArrow for advice re using an alternative bar to which I was told there was not another alternative. There is however the alternative of the bars from the previous range - Ecoburn and I had a few spares left over from an old Ecoburn 7 and bought some extras to complete the set -problem sorted.

The stove now clears ash efficiently, is easy to light and burns overnight using smokeless fuels. I will mark the stove a 3 owing to the daft design of the + firebars and the fact that Aarrow do not offer an alternative at point of sale despite manufacturing such a bar. This company should know better with all their experience.

Stove expert replied: The new bars will operate effectively and remove the ash but as this customer is used to an older style product the comparison is a great change. If you know no different then the current bars work fine to remove the ash and yet provide a good base for not only wood byt smokeless fuels as required.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Ease of use 3 flames (avg 3)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.3)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 2.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 3)