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Review of Aga Ludlow stove

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Esteen Mulder last month

Just purchased an AGA Ludlow which looks great. I only burn wood logs... I don't seem to get it burning with the primary control closed as suggested by the manual. I have a 5m stainless steel flue rear connection lining the masonry chimney so it draws well, in fact one can hear the whistling noise through the primary control when fully opened. I burn seasoned wood. Please advise...

Stove expert replied: Using the primary, secondary and tertiary air controls exactly as per the manual may vary depending on the flue draw and fuel type being used, they are meant as a guide and therefore you may need to adjust them to suit your particular situation. Normally an over draught is required for wood burning and an under draught for smokeless fuels. I would start by setting the controls as suggested and then, if needed, gradually open the primary control until a gentle flame picture / controlled burning rate is achieved. As with most stoves it can take some time to find how they work best for your situation, and it can be a case of trial and error until this is achieved.

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