Review of Dowling Hybrid stove

Dowling Hybrid8 stove

Graeme Davies 3 years ago

Both our large Sumo stoves have provided long and efficient service , providing a dependable heat output . By contrast the Hybrid 8 installed seven years ago , and despite it''s attractive shape , has various inherent design problems .

1. The flue damper has to be kept relatively open to prevent billowing smoke seeping around the stove glass & door - so in windy weather fuel efficiency plummets .

2. Only with the addition of a stove top fan has enabled the stove to radiate just about sufficient heat to warm a small room in our Georgian house .

2. By no stretch of the imagination is this a multi fuel stove - solid fuel will initially burn , but the resultant clinker chokes the whole combustion process to such an extent that even the subsequent addition of dry wood fails to resuscitate the fire . Even my attempt to raise the fire bed by incorporating an old fire grate within the fire chamber does not help .

3. Dry logs and peat briquettes burn well , but the ash box is so woefully small that to avoid billowing dust in the process of emptying an overflowing ash pan , It makes sense to empty the pan twice daily .

The Morso 06 stove we also have heats a very large room on considerably less fuel , is dust free and cost markedly less than the Hybrid . So we''ll be buying another Morso !

Stove expert replied: Have you tried more than one smokeless fuel on the stove, as they do vary in the amount of ash and clinker that they produce so it may be a simple case of changing the fuel type to get better results? Ash should not be allowed to build up in an ash pan, so once you have riddled the stove it is best to empty this straight away, an ash carrier is great for preventing ash billowing around the room.

Overall rating:

2.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 2 flames (avg 4.6)
Ease of use 2 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.9)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.6)
How well does the airwash work 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 4.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 4.6)
What is your overall satisfaction? 2 flames (avg 4.6)