Review of Aga Ludlow stove

Good, but a design flaw

7 years ago

This is my first wood burning stove, and I have had it for over a year now. I use it almost every day in the winter and I am happy enough with its look and heating capabilities.

However, there is a design flaw. the top baffle rests on very small shelves, meaning that the slightest touch when loading wood into the stove will make it fall down into the fire. you then can't continue to use it until it's cooled down and you've reset it back at the top- which is fiddly.

My question is- what are the downsides to me just permanently removing the top baffle? I've phoned Aga about this and am waiting for an answer back.


Stove expert replied: The baffle plate is designed to direct the flue gases back into the firebox for a cleaner burn. It also ensures that the heat is kept in the firebox so that it can radiate more effectively into the room, should you remove this then more heat will go up the flue system leaving less for the room. It will also subject the stove top to higher than normal working temperatures.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 4.7)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 4.1)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 2 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 4.1)