Merlin Standard stove

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

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Merlin Standard stove

The Merlin standard stove is simple but robust and powerful, offering you a nominal heat output of 8 kW.

Technical Data
  • Height: 698mm
  • Width: 490mm
  • Depth: 385mm
  • Flue Diameter: 150mm
  • Nominal Heat Output: 8kW

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3.5 flames
Quality of finish 3.5 flames
Value for money 3 flames
Ease of use 4 flames
Ease of lighting 3.5 flames
Firebox size 3.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 3.5 flames
Controllability 3.5 flames
Handle operation 3 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 2.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames

Most Recent Review

  • disapointing

    Mark Johns 6 years ago

    I must agree with Mr Jenkins on his review. I too have the Merlin standard and the throat plate (baffle) has again failed for the second time!! Replaced after the second year and gone again
    quite dramatically in the third year!! It has bowed quite considerably into the firebox and needs to be replaced. Substandard construction materials no doubt! (chinese steel? And imported?) This has resulted from the stove running at a quarter of its heat output so please, no replies on running too hot or turn your stove down!! The main body of the stove apparantly carries a lifetime guarantee and the inside components a 5 year guarantee. The handle is also a dreadfull design, loose and cheap fitting and actually the worst I have ever seen on a stove which is a pity as the main body appears to have such strength and quality. Also the RAM (rapid air movement) does not compare with the performance of stoves with primary and secondary controls for flame picture. Not a recommended purchase unfortunately

    Stove expert replied: The failed parts are being replaced with modern better constructed materials that will reflect the same stove that is currently sold by Merlin so the customer is now happy with this product.

    Overall rating:

    2 flames

Most Popular Review

  • mega

    John Guncill 8 years ago

    I bought this Merlin Standard as part of a deal, along with a slimline of the same make. (see my other report) I have now had a chimney installer fit it in my Italian farm house. It has taken
    a while as I wanted a wall removed. The stove is now in a large kitchen dinner that is open on to the hall way, stove sits in the hall. The twin wall flue goes up through the floor then through the exposed pitched roof of the upper hall to the outside. The fitters had no trouble fitting the stove, even with my poor Italian! I seasoned the stove over a few hot September days knowing I would need the full heat on my return in the winter. On arrival in the winter I filled the fire box with plenty of dry paper and kindling and got it going. This stove gives out some serious heat! So far I have loaded into it dead willow tree, burns well does not last long...Waste not want not it was in the garden, Also old roof beams, mainly large round pine tree trunks from the remains of the old roof! Plus some wood worm eaten oak. This stove will heat a large area with no problem at all. Upstairs to if the doors are open, the exposed twin flue helps in this as no heat is wasted outside. The standard has a large deep fire box, it needs large logs in it to get best results, or you will be refuelling often. It has a large viewing window that even when a log was too close and blacked up the glass it burnt off during the next fuelling no issues at all. It is a large stove and will need plenty of large logs but gives out an amazing heat! I would not put it in a small room, it will drive you out due to the heat output. However in a large room or open plan house it will work its magic. Fantastic heat, great view of the fire. Heats a 4 bedroom badly insulated farm house, with a insulated new roof very well with the the other fire as a back up when you arrive. Its my main heat source and does an amazing job looking forward to many years of warm inviting heat in the centre of the house. PS I am taking a stove top fan to help get the hot air over to the other side of the dinning room as it takes a little time to get heat over a large area.
    Overall rating:

    5 flames

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  • Merlin standard review

    7 years ago

    This is a good stove, the self clean is very good. The stove has been in use for 3 winters now using only well seasoned hardwood. Sadly the back throat failed in year 2 and was replaced. Even
    more sadly it has gone again for the 2nd time. Also the door rope failed in year 1. The side bricks have failed in year 3. I must say I would expect a stove bought for its quality (and resulting price) should last longer before major returns. As I said this is a good stove but some components/quality let it down and I have recently decided to go for a Morso instead. Andrew Jenkins

    Stove expert replied: Internal components such as baffle / throat plates, side bricks and rope seals are subjected to varying degrees of heat depending on how the stove is operated and classed as consumable items. It is a shame that you have had to replace the throat plate twice, it may be that you are overdrawing it and perhaps should operate it on a sightly lower setting - a stove thermometer will help you with the ideal temperature it should be operated at.

    Overall rating:

    3 flames