Review of Earlswood stove

Great Little Stove for a new user

Crystal Hornsey 8 years ago

I bought this stove due to it being DEFRA approved and its simple design and had it installed by an approved fitter last summer. It seems to burn well and I have a good draw from the chimney but I find it hard to control the burn rate. Either it is burning very quickly and needs restocking after 30-40minutes or the glass gets tarred up. As recommended in the manual I have the bottom (Primary) control pulled out to light it with the top all the way to the right (open). Then after ~10minutes I push the bottom (primary) control all the way in and use the top lever to adjust the burn rate. However, there is very little movement in this top control. The fire seems to get hotter with the top lever to the left (closed) and the wood lasts longer but the glass gets tarred up.

Please can someone help tell me the best way to use this. Is there a compromise that will give

a) the best hear output (get the room the hotest the quickest)

b) make the wood last the longest

c) keep the glass clean?

Other than not being quite sure we are using it the correct way to get the best out of it the ACR Earlswood is a great little fire. Changing the door seals is simple to do and there is generally very little maintenance. We had this on for 7 hours last night and it increased the room temperature by 7oC so ~1oC/hour. I don't have anything to compare this to but it saves us a lot on heating.

Stove expert replied: The Smoke Exempt model stoves will always allow air into the stove to dilute the flue gases hence little change in the rate of burn, as you have found shutting it will darken the glass. Try leaving a small air was bleed to help keep the glass clean.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of use 3.5 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 3.5 flames (avg 3.1)
Controllability 3 flames (avg 3.7)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4)