Review of Nestor Martin IT13 Insert woodburning stove

Our first stove

Patrick Beet 13 years ago

This is our first stove. We wanted something that would fit into our suburban home and this ruled out all the standard cottagey looking black boxes that seems the standard design for these devices. It also needed a stove certified for use in a smokeless zone. We also wanted something that did not churn out too much heat as the house is very well insulated.

We had the unit installed in the summer and even then getting someone to fit was a problem. I have delayed writing a review until we had actually used it for some time. We have now run it for Most of November and in particular, during the cold spell and the stove has operated excellently. It seems well designed with solid construction and a robust finish.

I have marked it down for value for money as the cost of the stove and installation was never going to be economically worthwhile. It is however a good focal point for the living room and suspect that while it does reduce our gas consumption, but also suspect the cost of buying wood offsets this saving.

I have not tried burning coal as we removed the coal boiler in our house 35 years ago and have not intension of having this horrible smelly stuff in our house again!

Overall, really delighted with this device.

Stove expert replied: Inset stoves are more expensive to install but the benefits of the space, look etc must be taken into consideration. Interesting comments.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 5)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 5)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 3)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.5)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 5)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 5)