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Review of Arada Farringdon Models

Solid and efficient but not perfect

Justin Gourlay one year ago

Build quality is very good and doesn''t feel like the stove is going to fail on flimsy parts. handles and controls feel solid.

Efficient stove for sure although I had to remove the limiter plate to allow me to turn down to level where the stove was not overheating the room when using very dry wood. This limiter to prevent particulates in built up areas but as we live in the country...

one thing that really lets it down for me is the amount of smoke that plumes out when you open the door. in a smallish house this is pretty intoxicating. it''s ok if you let the wood burn down first but sometimes you have to open the door mid burn for some reason (another log before popping out/giving it a prod or pushing a fallen log back from the glass) and then it really pours out which can be very noxious, it''s annoying. This is due to the design of the baffle which is set very far forward to allow maximum us of the flame before it disappears up the chimney for maximum efficiency and to burn particulates before they go outside. But the payoff is instead of particulates going outside they go inside the room!

So if you have a big house and smoke will disperse, great, if a small house I wouldn''t.

Never had this issue with a clearview, always sucked straight up and out. And sometimes it is just nice to sit with the door open for a minute and appeciate the cosy heat of the embers.

So good stove, but you have to learn to live with it.

Overall rating:

4 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 3 flames (avg 3.7)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 4.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 4.7)