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Review of Dovre 500 stove

Dovre 500 - Our Thoughts

John Shepherd 12 years ago

We have had our Dovre 500 through two winters now, just approaching the third, and have used it loads. We placed it in the back room of our semi-detached house, primarily as a room heater but it generates so much heat it's well suited to taking the edge off the whole house. Because of this, we have hardly used the central heating and have cut our gas bill in half.\n\nWe had the chimney lined with a metal liner by the local chimney sweep as the chimney isn't in the best of condition - he charged £200 for installing the liner, fitting a pot and cowl and basic tidying up of the chimney stack - this didn't include the price of the liner, pot or cowl.\n\nWe bought the Dovre 500 specifically because we live in a smokeless zone and haven't been dissapointed with it at all. It's very controllable, gives out a great amount of heat and is solid and well made. We use most mornings and nights throughout winter (all day at weekends) and have to empty the ash about once a week. The glass stays clean for a few days and I tend to clean this with an old washing up pad (non-scratch type) and some glass cleaner spray.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.2)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 5)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.9)