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Review of Ecoboiler 16 HE

A Stratford Success

John Clemits 9 years ago

We are very pleased indeed with our choice of this Stratford stove. It looks good in a natural stone hearth and is very easy to light and operate. We burn both well- seasoned logs and, after experimenting with several types of solid fuel, opted for 'Newflame' nuggets which although a bit more expensive than other solid fuels seems to us to be better value for money - the stove burns this fuel to a fine ash. This stove has turned out to be a first class 'burning machine'. It provides lashings of hot water and heats up to six radiators without any difficulty. The air- wash vent is conveniently placed and is easily controlled and keeps the glass in the door reasonably clear. We have found it necessary to fit a thermostatic safety device to our hot water cylinder which turns on the radiators automatically if the hot water in the cylinder gets too hot and overflows from the overflow pipe. The metal door handle does get very hot; perhaps it should have been made of wood or a similar material which does not conduct heat so readily.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 4.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Quality of finish 4.5 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 3.5 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 4.5 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.6)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4.5 flames (avg 3.6)