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Review of Earlswood stove

Earlswood

Simon 9 years ago

I installed this at the start of November as a secondary heat source. It has been lit every evening, often at the request of my other half who did not "know she wanted a stove". If damp wood is used and the air restricted it will soot up the glass (but easily cleaned) . With dry wood, the glass stays very clean, produces minimal ash and the stove is very controllable (seems very airtight apart from tertiary air inlets, which are set on the back of the stove) I have not tried to keep the stove in overnight with wood, as I believe this is not a good idea. I have used smokeless fuel on occasion, and this has still had glowing embers the following evening! Only downside (if burning smokeless) is that the ash pan not that large, but I think this is due to the amount of ash that smokeless fuel makes. I would definitely recommend this stove. \n\n

Stove expert replied: Damp wood should not be used as this can lead to tar residues building up in the flue and can lead to chimney fires if used for prolonged periods. Ensure that short periods of fast burn are undertaken to minimize this (15 - 20 mins at least daily). Wood should have a moisture content of less than 20%, a good investment would be a moisture metre.

Overall rating:

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 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.1)
Controllability 5 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)