Firefox 12 stove
The Firefox 12 is a cast iron multifuel stove which can give out up to 13kW of heat.
- Height: 680mm
- Width: 645mm
- Depth: 415mm
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a new flue liner installed with it. The wind blows down the chimney into the stove. I might as well have had a fridge installed. It is supposed to be 12KW I think but it feels like 3 KW. It does not throw out any heat. I really want a refund as the whole installation cost £2,000.
Stove expert replied: Would suggest going back to installer as this needs further investigation. With a liner installed the flue draw should be adequate for the stove, is there an airbrick in the room? What sort of cowl is on the flue as an anti down draft one may be required to prevent smoke coming back down the chimney. The chimney / flue system may need to be made taller if there are other flues / chimneys in the property. Was the liner insulated? Have you tried smokeless fuel to see if this works better? Do not give up before all avenues have explored.
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Stove expert replied: Get the flue checked as you may require a damper to give you more control of the stove.
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lit overnight. The only problem I have experienced is cracked glass so need to get some replacement glass for the doors ?
frequently burnt my knuckles, so I made my own from a large cast iron key, with the end filed to a 10mm square. Its easy to clean, simple to light, and the burn control is very good. I really cant find a fault with mine.
are closed down, within 2 hours there is very little fuel left and needs topping up. This may be normal but I have friends who claim their burner when loaded and shut down will stay hot for hours, all night in some cases, this may be "pub" talk though!!After four years the baffle plate and the frame that holds it have both warped. I have a temperature gauge and keep an eye that it doesn't get too hot. Is this normal?Also most of the bricks are cracked.In conclusion, I love this fire, its provided a nice heat and looks great. I have a free (if you don't include, fetching, chopping and storing) supply of wood, so it has helped massively reduce our bills and gives the room a focal point.
Stove expert replied: To operate: Offer the operating tool to the riddling bar (right hand side panel near base) and using slow positive movement riddle the grate back and forth. The reciprocating movement will clear the grate. The grate can jam occasionally with clinker or more often with nails and screws from used timber. Use shorter, faster movement of the tool to dis- lodge. If jamming persists then the obstruction must be removed when the stove is cold. If the grate is kept clear and maintained it will last longer.
Been in a week and until last night only had small fires as advised to in the manual. First problem was the handle sticking (which someone else here did mention) rang manufacturers who said it needed heating. So we are currently using a blow torch everynight to warm the handle to open the doors as it is impossible otherwise. Hope this will ease in time! First full firing last night. Built up slowly and was going well. We left it for a while and then 'crack' ! Rang in to find a huge crack across the glass :( only filled with smokeless coal and nothing touching the glass. the flue pipe thermometer was reading just under 500F so although hot it wasnt extreme temperatures! Ringing manufacturers again today! However apart from that, we left it to burn and it did an amazing job! We have a very large open diningroom / kitchen in an old draughty terrace and for the first time in years it was toasty warm, and still felt it this morning. Really hoping we've just had bad beginners luck with this stove and going to continue with it as it seems brilliant as far as heat output which is most important! Fingers crossed
very loose so had to adjust for a better seal.The glass cracked on the first lighting ( may have been a faulty unit as we did light it on low for the first five/six firings )The air wash system is not the best and the flue damper is not the best.It has become better with age, we have an Eco fan on top to give a bit of help with the air movement which is not bad. We have a 8mtr x 9 mtr living room with an open rear hall 5 mtr x 4 mtr and into a kitchen which is 5 mtr x 7 mtr ( half the downstairs ) and it keeps all this warm even in the days we have just had ( 22.01.2013 )I think that with all new things you get used to them and start to learn how to get the best from them, we are doing better now and feel that it was worth getting a stove, we wish we had fitted one with a back boiler to run a few rads upstairs...Also keeps you fit cutting and splitting logs ???
Stove expert replied: You are asking a great deal from this stove to heat the three areas specified you need 22kW's of heat, this stove produces a maximum of 13kW's! Be careful not to overfire the unit.
Stove expert replied: Firefox stoves have a removeable baffle / throat plate in the top of the inside of the firebox, remove this and access to the chimney can be achieved for sweeping purposes. It is good practise to have an alternative access point, say in the rigid flue pipe, as a back up.
you have plenty of wood.It is quite straightforward to light and I only tend to need 1 firelighter placed in the centre. You have to make sure the fire is well established though before shutting the vents or else it can go out but I think this may just be down to the large size of the burning area. I only tend to burn wood and once you have a nice bed of ash it seems to help the burning and hardly ever needs cleaning out. I have been trying to find a wood burning kit for it but they only seem to be available for the 5 and the 8. As with the other two Firefox stoves I have owned, the airwash could be better but the glass is easy to clean so this isn't a massive problem. I found the build quality to be very good but it is always worth checking the screws and bolts because some can be a bit loose. It is easy to strip down and clean and the top plate can be removed so you can sweep the flue through the stove. The only issue I had was that the back fire brick has cracked but it stays in place ok so I haven't bothered to replace it. I did read a review somewhere else where it was suggested that the back brick was cut into two pieces to stop it cracking but I don't know if this would work. I fitted this stove back in October 2011 and it was used almost daily through the winter, and was still being used well into May and apart from the broken brick it is still as good as the day it was fitted.To sum up, I would highly recommend this stove, as I would the 5 and the 8 models from Firefox and I have found them to be very good quality, simple to use and most importantly lovely and warm !I hope this review helps.
Stove expert replied: The problem of the stove going out if a good fire is not in the firebox before shutting down may also be caused by the cold flue, once warmed the draw is more effective and the stove burns well and is controllable. Otherwise a very happy customer who has experience of the Firefox range.