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Review of Aga Minsterley stove

Aga Minsterley Multi fuel stove. An excellent purchase!

Peter 9 years ago

This stove was installed in October last year, before the bad winter and it has been excellent, we are very very pleased with it.\n\nI have seen it listed as suitable to heat between 3 and 5 standard radiators. This seriously under estimates the output of this stove! 11kw is its nominal output, but it is capable of far,far more. I have connected up five good size radiators, and they are all pumping out masses of heat. \n\nThree of the radiators are cast iron, two 72x90cm and one 75x75cm. I also connected a 80x90cm, cast towel rail and a new 100x60cm modern double radiator. This in addition to our house central heating. Such is the output of the Minsterley we are putting on another large cast iron radiator.\n\nI have added a pump, a pipe thermostat,a metal loft tank, and have ended up with a highly efficient heating system that works like a dream. \n\nThe airwash system works very well, but only if you keep a reasonable heat up. I aim for about 300F. The stove burns well at this temperature and looks a picture, far more entertaining than our gas boiler!\n\nI think you will have to accept you will get smoked glass if you burn slowly overnight with the air flow restricted. I believe this is the case with many boiler stoves due to the boiler cooling the air on lower settings. I have used smokeless fuel overnight and although it will blacken the glass, it can last through the night easily. I have left the stove burning with a moderate airflow and had perfectly clear glass the following morning.\n\nThe boiler is integrated and it does take up space in the firebox,, but this helps the water to heat quickly. \n\nYou will need a plentiful wood supply, although we have saved about £600 on gas compared to last year. \n\nI was fortunate to have it fitted by an excellent plumber. It is one of the best purchases we ever made. \n\n\n\n\n

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.1)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.5)