Review of Arada Farringdon Models

Great addition to the Arada family of stoves

Michael Coke 6 years ago

I saw the Farringdon during a tour of Arada's factory. A prototype version was sitting in their testing laboratory, and as soon as I saw the flame, I fell in love with this stove.

In true Arada style, the manual could be improved, but it is a very easy stove to install (even giving you a 5" flue outlet, and a 6" outlet so you can choose which you would like to use).

Where the manual let it down is one of the accessories delivered with it: Fire Sock. It took me a little while to find it in the manual, and the only place it is mentioned is in the parts list as the 'Baffle Insulation' - without installing this essential part, the stove will be much more difficult to control.

I have taken advantage of the direct air connection to the outside world, and have a 5" flue straight up at a height of 7 meters.

With this, the stove is easy to get started (I recommend leaving the door ajar for the first 10 minutes), and once it is up and running, the combustion air can be controlled very easily producing a beautiful almost orangey blue flame. The flames then curl themselves around the tertiary air bars before exiting via the flue, this gives a mesmerising flame picture, as well as keeping the large viewing glass window very clean indeed.

With a nominal 8kW to room, this stove is not built for a 'snug', but will not struggle to heat a good size living/dining room, or large living area.

It's looks means that it is well suited to both traditional fire places, and also a modern free standing look.

The build quality of the stove is excellent, with 5 or 6 mm welded steel. The handle is multi functional (does both the door and the grate riddling), and I believe in time Arada are releasing different styles of handle too. Currently the handle that comes with it is of a good simple design though, so you probably will not want to change it... and if in the mean time you do not like it, you can always take it off of the stove when not in use.

As advertised by Arada, the Farringdon has the added advantage that not only is it a DEFRA smoke exempt area approved stove, but it also exceeds new emissions regulations that are being introduced throughout the EU by 2022.

This is a superb stove, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a room that can house it.

Stove expert replied: Great review of one of the latest stoves to be released by Arada.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 3.7)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.7)