Aga Minsterley stove
The Aga Minsterley multi fuel stove comes with a fitted back boiler to heat the central heating system.
The design is traditional, and the lattice glass door gives this multi fuel burner a period look ideal for an older style property.
The primary air is drawn from the back of the stove so you do not have the usual vent on the front of the stove.
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Logs put noticeable more heat into the room so on the coldest of days we throw a log onto the anthracite if we feel the need.
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for the Radiators and a Yeoman Devon log burner in the main sitting room.The new system is the Minsterly connected to a heat store along with a Rayburn 680KCD. These provide heat for the hot water and around 15 large and mostly double radiators in an old large draughty cottage. The initial design was supposed to also have the old oil boiler aswell but the old boiler died and we found that the heat generated by this log burner has meant that we never needed to replace the old boiler. When running the log burner the Rayburn is seldom required and generally kicks in more often on the coldest of winter days. We mainly burn wood in the autumn and spring and during the coldest parts of winter use anthracite 24hrs a day with a few logs used for effect. Anthracite requires only to be filled twice or three time a day. Costs for this has been just under 50kg of anthracite a week for 24hr radiators and hot tap water. The logs burned have been around 10-16 shoe box sized mixed logs (birch. holly, hawthorn, oak, cedar etc) for between 12-16hrs. heat and hot water. May I add the house is an L shaped build with a 12' conservatory leading straight into the kitchen with no door. so a really difficult house to keep warm and this stove really has made a difference saving around 2000ltrs of oil a year so far and keeping things very toasty.
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double and towel rail, conservatory large double, living room very large double, hot air cupboard double, and kitchen double. It copes with no problem at all. I have been running it between smokeless ovoids or wood, wood is great to give a fast heat up and throw out the heat, I normally run high with both air inlets fully open, if turned down low or the front vent closed with wood it does tar up the inside a bit and dirty the glass but a quick run up on high clears it,. After the house is warm I run it on smokeless ovoids, close the front air inlet and set the rear to 2or 3, 1 good load will last over 24hours keeping the house warm, it also does my hot water through a differential stat giving us plenty of hot water. 1 thing I had when it was first fitted (found out 2 years later when giving a good clean) it seemed low heat output to the water, I figured it was just the quantity of radiators I had and didn't give it a second thought, but after cleaning the fire and removing the top inspection hatch, the top baffle or deflector wasn't fully in position, there's a wedge that sides down between the boiler and baffle plate, the wedge hadn't been slid down far enough causing a lot of heat to go up the flue. I pushed the wedge fully down until it stopped so the baffle was hard against the top of the stove making all the heat pass over the top of the boiler and what a difference this mad. The radiators were red hot after this! Worth a check if you think it's not heating your radiators enough. Never replaced anything so far on the stove and i''s had regular use, still the original glass, although it has gone a sort of sand blasted finish with the heat, only cleaning I do to the glass is after the winter when I use a metal scouring pad to remove any soot or tar. The one option I would have liked when I bought it was to have the black finish in the high gloss enamel but it seemed the only stove this wasn't available on.
Stove expert replied: It is important not to overfire a stove as this can cause discoloration on the glass and could lead to distortion of the stove. The air controls should not be left fully open for periods of more that 20mins at any one time, once you have an established fire. Using a metal scouring pad may possibly have damaged the surface of the glass and you should only need to use a cloth dipped in woodash or vinegar which should remove normal deposits that can occur on a glass when the stove is operated correctly and the fuel being used meets the requirements expected.
, so, I started looking at other stoves and came across people's reviews stating that the Minsterley although advertising only running 4 to 5 radiators, is actually running 11.I decided to change stoves for the Minsterley, installed it two days ago and my god, what a difference, the room heat is now comfortable but the hot water and radiators are red hot.I should say we have a standard hot water tank and 7 large double radiators, 2 large single radiators, 1 towel rail and 1 kitchen plinth radiator.What a cracking boiler
Stove expert replied: Stoves should always be calculated for the space and other heating requirements so that they match and as radiators can vary greatly in size it is important that a heating engineer undertakes the calculation of the heating system requirements so that they are achievable. 4 small single radiators will have a very different heat requirement to 4 large double panelled radiators!
heating system with 11 radiators attached in the middle of winter, without the Rayburn striking up. I mainly burn wood on it, but I haven't managed to keep it in all night no matter how hard I try. All in all its build quality is good, and I am really impressed with the stove.
Stove expert replied: Great review.
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.
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. Three 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.I 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. The 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!I 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.The boiler is integrated and it does take up space in the firebox,, but this helps the water to heat quickly. You will need a plentiful wood supply, although we have saved about £600 on gas compared to last year. I was fortunate to have it fitted by an excellent plumber. It is one of the best purchases we ever made.