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Review of Broseley eVolution 26 boiler stove

Think again before buying

Chris Candlish 3 years ago

We had Evolution 26 installed 3 years ago and when it works it does heat water and rads well but trying to add more logs is where the problems start. When the door is open the smoke fills the room, when installer called he advised that wood was not seasoned which was not the case then the chimney was blamed for not being tall enough even after having another 12ft of chimney added with no improvement. Then they blamed the chimney not being swept but the chimney sweep had been twice in 6 months with no build up being found. Then they said I needed to clean top of fire box more often I now do this every 2 weeks but access to this is through side of fire through a 6" x 2" gap virtually impossible to get vac in, my Sunday mornings are fully taken up by this work. If this has to be done so often then access should be improved. I am having this stove replaced in next 2 weeks after long battle with installer.

Stove expert replied: These are good boiler stoves and it should perform well to heat the home and as you say when working it does this, the refuelling is the problem area - this is not a stove fault. Regarding the problem with smoke coming back into room, this is usually down to the installation / flue system. Is there enough free air in the room for combustion to occur? Is there an anti downdraught cowl fitted to the flue system? Have you another flue in the property that may have a stronger draw on it to the one being used for this stove? Access to the flue for sweeping should always be provided and this should normally coincide with being able to remove any debris from the top of the baffle plate. Perhaps looking into the complete installation before removal would be beneficial as it is a costly change that may not be totally necessary.

Overall rating:

2 flames

Build Quality 1 flames (avg 3.8)
Quality of finish 1 flames (avg 3.9)
Value for money 1 flames (avg 3.1)
Ease of use 1 flames (avg 3)
Ease of lighting 1 flames (avg 3.9)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.2)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 2.6)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 2.7)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 3.2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3.4)