Dowling Sumo stove

Overall Rating:

4 flames

based on 11 reviews    (View rating breakdown)
Dowling Sumo stove

The Dowling Sumo stove is available in a lot of different options.

I have taken the measurements from the smaller 5kw output model but you can get much bigger output models -

also available with back boilers.


The appearance is sturdy and functional with plain lines..

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 4 flames
Quality of finish 4.5 flames
Value for money 4.5 flames
Ease of use 4.5 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 4.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 3 flames
Controllability 4 flames
Handle operation 3.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Huge disappointment

    Ian Thompson last month

    Fitted Dowling Sumo. Concerns about open chimney around flue ignored/brushed aside. Consequent ingress of rain meant appearance deteriorated rapidly. Photos sent to Dowling ignored for comment... []

    Stove expert replied: If there is a gap around the flue then this is an installation issue and not a problem caused by the stove itself, the installer is responsible for this. Sealing around a flue not only prevents ingress of rain (which a rain cap or similar should also prevent) but prevents heat from escaping from the room. Having three glasses crack is concerning and unusual, were they put in too tightly? Dirty glass can be caused by the incorrect fuel or by the air controls not being set correctly, most air wash systems today work well with a good air flow into the firebox and dry wood.

    Overall rating:

    2 flames

Most Popular Review

More reviews for Dowling Sumo stove (page 1 of 2)

  • Sumo 16kw boiler - the best in the market

    Sum Product one year ago

    The Sumo/thermal store combo was a leap of faith, but is proving to be a great system, and cost effective. We have a simple on/off gas boiler to top up the store when we're not burning, and... []

    Stove expert replied: Great review, sounds fantastic!

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • The best ever!

    4 years ago

    I had a 16kw boiler stove installed three years ago. I cannot fault it. An original, ingenious, robust design. Easy to light & an efficient & enduring burn. Radiators heat up very quickly &... []

    Stove expert replied: It is not advisable to leave ash to build up in an ashpan as it can lead to shortening of the grate system otherwise a great review.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Our second Dowling stove

    5 years ago

    We've had a "Firebug" for many years and it is excellent - not least the zero maintenance. Now got Sumo in another part of the building and that too is brilliant. It looks a bit of a monster... []

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • The stove everyone notices.

    Geoffrey Lake 6 years ago

    The stove is easy to use, efficient in fuel use and surprisingly flexible. It can be extremely clean burning. It has consumed about nine tonnes of softwood, a tonne of hardwood, five tonnes... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Good for burning Anthracite

    William Fillingham 7 years ago

    I think the main thing about Dowling Stoves is that it is properly made from welded sheet steel.... basically after testing many different fuels, I found pure anthracite the best... this is... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Dowling Sumo Stoves

    Bernie Carnegie 9 years ago

    My first Dowling stove was a Sumo 8kw. I had an open plan kitchen dining room lounge and I found the stove great so simple and solid, no fire bricks no silly little windows of glass,easy to... []

    Stove expert replied: Seems this range certainly meets this customers requirements. Good review.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • sumo 8kw

    John Moore 10 years ago

    was already installed in house when i bought the place, and is now approximately 7 years old-had previous experience with much wenlock and morso squirrel, so getting a stove with no firebricks... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • another review

    John Wynne-eyton 11 years ago

    as per the last review, we have this stove linked to a dunsley neutralizer. you do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand how it all works, the only difficult /expensive part is the... []

    Stove expert replied: This stove user may not have a heat leak device in their installation. A heat leak device gives you a way of getting rid of excess heat in the case of a power cut or pump failure. Often you have a dedicated heat leak radiator, or you may have a coil in the boiler which is flushed through with mains cold water in the event of overheating (although this option is not available for this particular stove). Always get a boiler stove system designed and installed by an expert.

    Overall rating:

    2 flames

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