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Ecoboiler seb20

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Ecoboiler seb20

The Ecobboiler seb20 is a boiler stove suited for open vented heating systems. The seb 20 is available with a roll top, slab top or as a canopy model.

A stand is available to increase height of stove.

Technical Data
  • Height: 670mm
  • Width: 565mm
  • Depth: 430mm

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Review Ratings Breakdown

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

Most Recent Review

  • Straford seb 20

    Jo Mee 4 years ago

    Good stove excellent for hot water and rads good. But I can not keep the glass clear I only burn smokless. I have contacted arada and been given mubo jumbo, about draught , fuel,correct use of air draft etc etc etc. I have owned several stoves both boiler and dry models with out this issue. I have a good draught and no matter what I do I just can't get the glass to stay clean

    Stove expert replied: Have you had a flue draw test undertaken? Does it match the required figure that the manufacturer states? Is there an air brick in the room? Arada know their products and there is likely to be a reason for this problem. What number are you keeping the thermostat set at? Was this stove sized correctly for the system that it is supplying?

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Nearly perfect

    Jane 9 years ago

    We have had our SEB20 since August last year (installed just before it was replaced with a newer model). It is heating 6 radiators and the hot water with no problem at all. We don't use a lot of hot water so generally if we are using the stove every day it only takes 20 to 30 minutes before the hot water tank is back to temperature and the pump kicks in for the heating. The firebox is a good size although the bars (which I see from the brochure for the replacement model have been changed) are a little high and it is sometimes a little awkward fitting in larger logs. The only design fault is that it is fiddly to clean out ash where it goes into the casing. The manual says about clearing this with a wire and a vacuum and we have done it but it certainly is fiddly and awkward to do. It has to be done though as if you don't do it (we hadn't appreciated how much ash had got in there the first time)the thermostatic control can stop working properly. We found out when we went to turn the fire down and the control was loose, the fire was roaring - we couldn't shut it down - and the heat leak (non thermostatic) radiators were red hot. A good half an hour was needed in a really uncomfortable position to get this properly clean. We keep a close eye on it now and it has never happened again. As a relatively fit 40 something it isn't too bad but less agile elderly people would struggle with this bit of essential maintenance (the manual for the replacement stove has the same instruction so presumably the design hasn't changed much) We have kept it in overnight without problem but as we don't like a hot house at night we generally let it go out. Cleaning and re-lighting is straightforward and takes about 20 minutes start to finish. Once a good fire is built up the stove can be shut down and it will slumber quite happily while we are out for the day. It is lovely to come home to a warm house. The airwash works fairly well but doesn't cover the whole glass leaving two strips at the extremes where there is no effect. The glass itself is large with a slight curve. It gives a good view of the fire. We chose this over oil heating (with this system it would be easy to add a boiler in later) because we didn't like the idea of having to pay out huge amounts to fill an oil tank. So far we haven't regretted our choice and the stove itself is a very nice feature in the room - can't imagine anyone ever saying that about an oil boiler!

    Stove expert replied: Nice comments for this model.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

More reviews for Ecoboiler seb20

  • Ecoboiler EB20

    Vernon Simmons 8 years ago

    The stove works exceptionally well and keeps the radiators warm all through night, the thermostatic control in very good so it burns fuel slowly. We use anthracite as the main fuel due to heat value and only needing two fills a day The stove is very modern design and is well made and is easy to opperate.
    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Glass

    Heather Fletcher 8 years ago

    We had this stove installed 18 months ago & already we are on our third glass!!! But apart from that we are completely satisfied with the Seb20. I would recommend this stove to anyone.

    Stove expert replied: Is there a common reason for the failures of the glass as 3 seems excessive in an 18month period.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • works well

    John 8 years ago

    I have had this stove since 2009 connected via a neutralizer to my system that also has an oil boiler . Its beginning to age now, the front bars are bowing into the door catch, the feds are distorted and the glass has broken after a log only just touched it the glass was showing a slight crazing . All that said, a detached 3 bed house only costs each year £350 to heat in oil 9 bags of duck eggs at £17 each the rest is begged borrowed and stolen wood. The newer stoves have a new air feed easy boost built into the door this should not require the door to be open on start up.

    Stove expert replied: For the bars and grates to distort quickly would normally imply that this stove has been over-drawn on more than one occasion (the glass crazing is also another symptom of this), it might be worth you getting a flue draught reading taken.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • seb 20

    Shawn Preston 9 years ago

    Had this stove installed earlier this year, plumbed in to heat hot water and central heating radiators,The installation allows either the gas boiler or stove to heat the hot water and radiator
    (or both).Since installing the stove we have not had to fire up the gas boiler for the central heating as the stove has taken care of this.I will be eager to see this winters gas bill and compare to last years bill. Fire runs 10 radiators and gives a good hot tank of hot water. Takes some time to heat up from cold but if used every day then works well.

    Stove expert replied: A load unit would make sure that the stove always heats up fast from cold.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • SEB20. A smoker

    Chris Ryall

    We have had this stove (Model SEB20. Serial No 20 00377) in our home since 2008. It is one of a number we (as builders) installed during 2008/2009.It is gravity connected to a Dunsley Baker
    neutralizer which also has an LPG boiler as a backup.The stove has proved more than adequate to the demands made on it. In addition to heating a 40sq meter lounge /diner it maintains hot water in our 120 Ltr tank and a heating system comprising 7 radiators with a rated output of 20k Btu+.In the first year we ran it, we cut our LPG consumption by 75% from an average of 12no 46kg bottles a year down to 3.We generally run it on timber with a little anthracite nut to see it through the night.During the severe weather last year we ran it continuously for 41 days. With a charge of anthracite nuts in the fire box the thermostat control put the fire into slumber quite happily overnight until the CH pump came on in the morning.I cannot fault this fire for heat output, it is excellent given its size. However it does have one major drawback:The stove belches smoke into the room ever time the door is opened to refill it. I have checked every stove we installed and they all seem to suffer the same problem. These stoves were fitted into a wide variety of flue systems from 200x200 brick with registry plate, and lined stone flue right through to modern double insulated s/steel systems, all of which have had flue draught measurements checked.From observing my fire at all the different states: fast / slow burn, just lit, slumber etc the problem appears to be caused by the Flue Exhaust Diversion System (FEDS) which is fitted in place of the more conventional throat plate found in most stoves. The FEDS, in the form of a forward sloping two part baffle, mounted in the roof of the fire box seems to direct much of the combustion products towards the top front of the fire box with the result the these come out through the door as soon as it is opened! The manufactures quote for the FEDS is as follows- "All Stratford Ecoboilers are fitted with a Flue Exhaust Diversion System (FEDS) which replicates the throat plate found in dry stoves. The FEDS is specifically designed to improve performance and efficiency of the Ecoboiler stove as well as being quick and easy to remove for sweeping the chimney." It may well be that the FEDS does all that is claimed of it, and whilst it is undoubtedly efficient it is alas a smoke belcher.

    Stove expert replied: As the stove only smokes when the door opened I would suggest further enquiries are made relating to the flue. Also check that there is enough air in the room and possibly install an airbrick.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames