Review of Nectre Baker’s Oven
Not quite convinced (yet)..
Recently replaced our wood heater with this unit, which we've had for a month now and I'm a bit disappointed. You have to leave the door open a fraction to get a proper air boost to the fire when lighting or reviving (no big deal but the bottom vents are too small). Lots of smoke can escape into the room while topping up the wood unless you re-set the vents to full-draw before doing so. Adding wood is a bit precarious as there is very little lip at the bottom of the fire box. Does''t bake bread as well as an electric oven. It's fine for slow cooking, but requires a long boost time and a lot of wood to get to temperature to bake and the handles get very hot. It's the first wood-fired oven I've used, so maybe that's normal? Overall room heating is fine. Maybe my expectations were too high. Hoping to get better results with practice.
Stove expert replied: Do get the flue draw checked to insure that this meets the manufacturers guidance. Perhaps an air vent in to room may help (depending on output of the stove and insulation of the property etc as there may not be adequate free air to enable full combustion to occur, hence the smoke coming back when re-loading). Any wood being used should be dry and seasoned with a moisture content of less than 20%.