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Review of Ecoboiler 16 HE

excellent choice of boiler

Geoffrey Jarvis 9 years ago

Start with the positives of the boiler. Very solid and sturdy boiler. Side thermostat and front opening air valve lets you easily light the fire and keep under control. The ash pan is big enough not to have to empty all the time. The airwash system works really well when the fire is burning at a very high temperature. The size of the fire is a major plus as we can easily fit 17" logs on to burn. Overnight if we stock up the boiler it lasts about 4 to 5 hrs, then if there is just a tiny bit still burning we just open it up and away it goes. In the winter the fire hardly went out. The boiler easily heats our 3 bedroom house and gives us hot water. The major positive is that I have had no heating bills in just under a year ( I get free timber ).

Negative point. We have just two, the first being the handle does get really hot so a fire glove is needed most of the time and the second is that the thermostat is very awkward to access and clean out. But overall the boiler has been a great success.

Stove expert replied: Ash should be removed on a daily basis and should not be left to build up in the ashpan. Do insure that the wood is dry and seasoned with a moisture content of less than 20%. A stove should be let out on a monthly basis to check that the air ways are clear (drop the baffle down and remove debris off of the top), this is good practise and will allow for maximum efficiency.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.8)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 3.6)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.6)