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Review of Burley Hollywell 9105 stove

Burley hollywell final update

Daniel Sutcliffe one year ago

This stove is not all its cracked up to be in the 6 or so months I''ve had it I have had nothing but problems. I have replaced the glass twice the stainless baffle twice and now the piece of angle iron at the front of the stove that holds the stainless steel baffle in place is in need of repair so in terms of reliability so far I am not impressed, how can burley claim its the world''s most efficient wood burner when it costs a small fortune to replace the parts so any money you save on fuel just goes straight out of the window when it comes to buying spares, so far this heating season this stove has cost more in spare parts than my last stove did in Severn years so I might as well have put the central heating on. This stove is supposed to be defra approved but I don''t see how because no matter what settings you have the air control on or how dry your fuel is it smokes like hell out the top where as my last stove which was only a cheap thing from China you could get that to burn smokeless with just a heat haze coming out of the top so from my experience I don''t rate burleys fire ball technology it does not work and this was evident when I swept the flue last week, with my last stove all you got out of the flue liner was a light brown powder but with the Burley it was lumps of black crunchy creosote so that tells me that the combustion is incomplete and before the stove expert says that''s due to wet wood I can tell you that it isn''t all my wood is at about 10%or less moisture content and it''s good quality hardwood and no softwood so in the spring this thing is going to be ripped out and chucked in the shed and will be replacing it with a solution 9 from arada or a vision 500 from clearview because call me old fashioned but I actually want a stove that will not fall to pieces.

Stove expert replied: A very disappointing review and concerning that the deposits being left in the flue are so great that they are forming lumps. This does require further investigation from a qualified engineer who can look at the overall installation and operating procedure more thoroughly.. Parts should not be failing so readily .

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of use 3 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 4.4)
Firebox size 2 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Controllability 3 flames (avg 4.2)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.9)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.1)