Review of Aga Minsterley stove

Not the best log burner

J Fisher 8 years ago

As the primary thermostatically controlled air supply is through the ash box and grate this stove is compromised when burning logs. Additionally the secondary air supply is not as well preheated as on most modern wood burners. Has only been I a couple of weeks and boiler is tarring up rapidly. As for output it is struggling to heat 2 rooms with under floor heating (via a thermal store). I guess if it was on full blast it would be ok but the log consumption would be frightening.

I suspect the efficiencies quoted are a bit optimistic.

I'm burning kiln dried oak and have had a jotul for 21 years previously, which although not perfect was a better woodburner than this. My advise is to ask someone who's had one how they got on before deciding to purchase.

Stove expert replied: Short periods of fast burn should remove the tar providing the wood has less that 20% moisture content and you do not keep it shut down for prolonged periods.

Overall rating:

3 flames

Build Quality 4.5 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Value for money 3.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of use 3.5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Firebox size 3.5 flames (avg 4.1)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 3.9)
Controllability 3 flames (avg 4)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1.5 flames (avg 4.5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 2 flames (avg 4.6)