Review of Broseley Hercules 30b boiler stove

10 years now,still love it!

2 years ago

Talking about our Hercules multi-fuel with boiler, not the other half, only thing we have replaced is a glass (that I broke) and a bit of the rope in the doors! (that some sticky stuff pulled to bits,again my fault) the bars at the front don't allow big logs to go in so I took the top 2 out, I've run it like this for the ten years, we renovated a cottage/country house and so while in the mess we built a fireplace and installed top to bottom liner, we have 3 different makes of quality burners in our house, this is my favourite, we burn coal and tons of logs that I cut myself, It heats about 6 rads plus 2 towel rails easily, and the hot water. If really cold out-side we run the oil boiler and top up with this beast at full/half chat, we have 20+ rads in total. It can't get/keep them hot just asking too much on its own, not to mention the graft filling it! Despite the claims it can't really manage this large type of heating system without it being a full-time hobby. Keep the air-wash system connected properly, working/clean, really get it blasting every now and then with really dry pallet type wood. Empty ash pans regularly. No cracks or anything to worry about with this piece of kit, bit surprised to read lids cracked etc on above forum, superb,xx Nigel,Market Drayton.

Stove expert replied: Great review for a hard working stove.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.1)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 2.7)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 3.5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 3.3)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 2.6)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 2.9)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 2.9)