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Review of Aga Ellesmere 4 stove

Cracking stove

Joanne Mcgee 2 years ago

I've been using this stove since early December, as a Former owner of a Contura at our last property, which I loved at the time, I never saw me owning any other make, great build beautiful design etc.. But I wanted the choice of multi fuel which the Contura couldn't give me so I opted for the Ellesmere 4 ... Wow! owning this Aga blows the Contura out of the park. Ease of getting this little stove going is 5* , despite having a stove previously I would say I was a novice as I only owned it 6 months. I've adapted the "top down burning" method, if your not familiar with it look on you tube, it suits this stove and I've never had an issue lighting or getting up to temp quickly , beautiful clean fires. Firebox is by far one of the biggest for a 4kw burner with a big unobstructed glass window. Glass keeps clean even when the stove is closed down, it does soot a little but I've learnt this is the low temp burning of the dying fire. This clears straight away at next burn. This stove is so easy to use , once fires up to temp ( I have a thermometer on pipe) reload and then close it down just keep reloading as needed, even when I've thought I'm letting the fire die, open her up with very little embers, throw on some fuel and it's off again, it's brilliant. The build is solid and everything down to the handle feels well built, the chrome handle obviously gets hot but a little 'sleeve'. Type tool which is also the riddling handle, provides a safe addition. I can't tell you how impressed I am, the heat output feels more than 4kw, our last was a five and this can stand it's ground with it. I thought I would use this as a multi fuel but I haven't which is why I went for this over my much loved Contura, however I would have this Aga again any day of the week I love it... It looks stunning despite us living in a 1970 dormer bungalow and it performs impeccably.. In short good build, good performer, great heat output and as easy as to use as they come. Well done Aga, you've hit the nail with this beauty.

Stove expert replied: Great review on one of the new additions to the Aga range.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 5)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 5)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 5)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 5)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 5)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 5)