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Merlin Slimline stove

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Merlin Slimline stove

The Merlin Slimline stove is the smallest in the Merlin range which is ideal of a small room.

Technical Data
  • Height: 586mm
  • Width: 430mm
  • Depth: 335mm

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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 5 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 4 flames
How well does the airwash work 4.5 flames
Controllability 5 flames
Handle operation 3.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 4.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • pay for what you get

    5 years ago

    The baffle distorts and I have had to smash mine to get it out, my fire bricks fell apart the door lock wears into the body. I have seen them crack where the door handle rubs on stove body,
    they over priced in my opinion. Disappointed.
    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Merlin Slimline

    John Guncill 7 years ago

    I have replaced my Charnwood Country 6, with a Merlin Slimline. I did a lot of reading on this website. Due to the limited space the stoves i could pick was quite limited.... Having had the
    property extensively insulated and triple glazing installed the Charnwood 6, while a very good stove was driving me out of the room! It also needed some new fire bricks and baffle plate. Time for a change! I did a deal with a stove shop that was having a sale and bought two Merlin's a slimeline and a classic I think. The classic will be going to our property in Venice as the main heat source. I will report on that one at a later date. I had the slimline fitted to an existing chimney. This has a 6'' clay liner built in it when the property was built. As the Charnwood had worked well on this chimney, I saw no reason to try to fit a liner, figuring that it would be almost imposable to get a 6'' liner up a 6'' liner. Once fitted we left it for a few days for all the sealers to dry it was time to light. The Slimline was harder to light than the Charnwood and did not seem to pull as well making it harder to light. As all stoves are different I guessed it was going to take a little time to get to know the new arrival. No matter what I did the stove sooted up the window, this would not burn off during the time the stove was alight. I had read on here that some people had a similar problem with there Nordpis stoves, one of the stoves on my short list. I have now worked out how to get the very best out of this stove and I'm over the moon with my purchase. I put in some screwed up news paper followed by some dry kindling.On top of this I put in a chopped up dry log. I light the fire and close the door but do not latch it shut leaving it ajar. Once the fire is roaring away and a good fire is burning in the fire box I close the door and latch it. I then leave the bottom slide control fully open, and the wheel control fully closed. This insures that the draw of the chimney keeps the glass free of soot. Once the initial wood has burnt down to glowing embers I refuel with 2 or 3 dry logs, I then close the slide control to its midway point as per the instructions. This stove produces lots of heat and a fantastic flame pattern. I now use half the logs I used on the Charnwood, I'm not driven out of the room, This little slimline will heat all of our small chalet type bungalow if all the doors are open. It just takes a little longer to do so... I will add that the slimline will not tolerate damp or unseasoned logs! It will burn them but you will not see the flames. I have used several different fuels on the stove, it loves wood briquets. Amazing flame picture loads of heat and no ash to speak of. I've also used several types of manufactured coal. Its so easy to chop and change as it has a built in grate. So far home ovals are the best, the stove will run all afternoon and night on one fueling and still be burning in the morning! Amazing! It will also burn over night with logs if its not too windy outside. Something I was not expecting as it has a small fire box. I'm astonished that such a small stove can produce such a lot of heat form such small amount of fuel. As a bonus I've yet to turn on my LPG heating... That alone has saved me a fortune. I think the Merlin will have paid for its self in a winter. Thoroughly recommended. Just take time to learn its idiosyncrasies... Ps I marked it down as the handle does get hot, but you do get supplied with leather gloves so you don't get burned or dirty your hands while putting fuel in it.
    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

More reviews for Merlin Slimline stove

  • excellent stove

    John Guncill 5 years ago

    I bought this slimline as part of a deal with a standard from a stove shop. I have now fitted the slimline in the master bedroom of my Italian farm house. My friend and I undertook the fitting
    last September the work was given the once over by a builder who fits stoves and was given the all clear. I used a large peace of polished granite as a hearth. (I used the size in our building regs as a guide.) This was laid on top of the wooden upstairs sub floor. I was fortunate that passing behind one of the bedroom walls was a long disused chimney from the centre cooking fire place in the kitchen. I used a flexible stainless steel flue liner that I purchased online - a bargain! To line the chimney, was very easy once the capping stone was removed, I used a standard English chimney cowl to suspend the liner in the chimney and cap off the top of the chimney in one go. We drilled through the bedroom wall and through the chimney wall and knocked through a round hole to pass a solid flue pipe through insulating the brick with a larger pipe filled with glass rope seal. Once we had connected it to the back of the stove, a simple job as this stove has an ingenious top/back coupling just two bolts and you're away. I have used this type of stove in a bungalow before with excellent results.(see other report on this site) The same goes for this installation, gives out plenty of heat for a fair size room, the room its fitted in has insulated pitched ceiling, but no other insulation. Heats up the space quickly no fuss, will burn over night without issue, and still re-lights next morning if needed with a little chopped wood. May seem an extravagance but the farm has no heating other than the merlin standard in the downstairs hall/dinning room. No mains gas! I wont be cold! PS I have carbon monoxide detectors in the rooms where the stoves are as a safeguard. Does not register on the scale. Also a room temp display, hottest so far was 26 deg when it was -8 outside! Merlins keep you warm....

    Stove expert replied: Please note that when using a rear flue there should be no more than a 150mm horizontal run as the flue gases need to rise away from the stove.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Great but need to sort out rear firebrick

    Dave Bates 6 years ago

    Fantastic stove works a treat but a month after install the rear fire brick cracked in 2 places. apart from that its a brilliant quality stove.
    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • Merlin Slimline - The Top Stove

    Mark Millmore 7 years ago

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Hot stuff

    Karen Henderson 7 years ago

    I've waited for two years to get my stove and I had set my heart on a Clearview but following a chat with my local shop and a demonstration I was sold on the Slimline. I've only had it on a
    few times this winter so far, but it has proven easy to light and clean. It puts out lots of heat and turns down low so I can leave it on over night making getting going in the morning simples!
    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Lovely Big Flames

    Christopher Jones 7 years ago

    I was a bit unsure about this stove at first as we have only had clearview stoves before in our property's but it worked just the same and cost less. The flame pattern was amazing I think this was something to do with the preheated air it keeps the glass clean like our clearviews in other property's we have had. I was made up with the lifetime guarantee as well and even when I put it on low it still made lovely patterns. Great stove just needed to take the gamble and it paid off :)
    Overall rating:

    5 flames