Merlin Classic stove

Overall Rating:

5 flames

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Merlin Classic stove

The Merlin Classic stove will meet all your expectations and offer you a nominal heat output of 8 kW.

Technical Data
  • Height: 698mm
  • Width: 640mm
  • Depth: 385mm
  • Flue Diameter: 150mm
  • Nominal Heat Output: 8kW

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 5 flames
Quality of finish 5 flames
Value for money 5 flames
Ease of use 5 flames
Ease of lighting 5 flames
Firebox size 5 flames
How well does the airwash work 4 flames
Controllability 5 flames
Handle operation 3.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Merlin Classic - It''s literally a classic.

    Michael Hodges 6 years ago

    I looked at every log burner on google, went to many stove shops and looked around peoples houses before deciding on the Merlin Classic. I picked the physical size of fire based on the Classic
    being a good fit for the builders opening in my chimney, fire in the middle 6" either side. I do not care for KW rating as 3 logs give out the same heat (energy) no matter the size of the fire box. It only gets too hot if you put too much wood and air in at the same time. I only use it as a wood burning stove so can not comment on the multi fuel use. The chimney was lined during installation and full building regs certificate was issued. The stove looks the part, large steel fire box, with a sturdy cast iron door. I can get 18" x 6" log in no problem, which means I don''t have to process my wood into tiny chunks, and a log of hardwood at those dimensions will last 4+ hours.You have really good control of the air flow, so when it''s burning you can restrict the air and watch the gasses being heated out of the log and giving a great "flame picture". I never shut the air vents right down, I just choke it back a little when the flue thermostat is a bit high. This control makes this stove very efficient.The feet of the fire don''t get too hot, not sure how they accomplished that (or why!). However the door handle does get hot during use, especially when the whole stove is hot! I use a glove...no problem, but surely its not beyond the wit of man to insulate the handle somehow. The glass may get dirty if you shut the air flow down too much or burn too much soft wood, but a quick go with a glass cleaner once its cooled down and its back to new in a minute.Overall I love the Merlin Classic, I wouldn't settle for anything else. I''m considering a Merlin Standard for the front room. I recommend it at every opportunity =)The look of the stove and the control over the heat make this the perfect stove in my opinion. Manufactured and built in the UK is also a plus.

    Stove expert replied: Any stove will work best on logs that are not larger than 4" in diam, this makes the rate of burn more controllable and fuel efficiency is at its best.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Very happy stove owner

    Jolyon Head 9 years ago

    The Merlin classic is our 2nd stove. Previously we had a Stovax fitted in our old house and when we moved we wanted another stove as the focal point / heat source of our living area. We did
    a lot of research and into larger stoves and were initially looking at the Charnwood Island III, and a couple of the Clearview models but in the end we took the plunge and decided to go with the lesser known Merlin Classic. Our decision was based largely around the look of the stove (we wanted something simple, with a spacious view of the wood), and the enthusiasm of the stockists we spoke to when phoning around to find a stove to look at and purchase. We have now been using the stove for about 4 months and are completely satisfied with it. The build quality is excellent. It lights very easily, heats up in a reasonable amount of time, kicks out a lot of heat once it is going, and burns wood efficiently once it’s up and running and then closed down. The firebox is large and as long as the wood is kept near the back away from the glass the glass remains clean. It also looks very nice if that is your taste – it’s not as traditional as some of the stoves previously mentioned, nor ultra modern like some of the Scandinavian brands. It’s just a simple clean stove that does what a stove needs to do. Overall this is an excellent stove and if you are looking for something with this output level don’t be put off by the fact that the brand is not as well known as other brands. It's an excellent stove.
    Overall rating:

    5 flames