Nestor Martin IT13 Insert woodburning stove
Nestor Martin IT13 insert stove is available as a woodburning or multifuel stove. The dimensions given do not include the external black or nickel frame.
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. The other duct takes air to the bedrooms. This also helps keep the surrounding brickwork cool (although there are slight cracks in the plaster now.) My only complaint is that it doesn't come in a wood-only version. (We have absolutely no intention of burning coal, which is so carbon-intensive that it ought to be banned entirely.) We have left the ash to fill the ash pan and under the grate and created the nearest equivalent to a dedicated wood-burner. We also wanted the door hinged on the left but there is no option on this. It would occasionally be nice to cram a few more logs in … but there's got to be a limit somewhere! One of the lock nuts on the handle loosens itself and needs repeatedly re-tightening. It was a bit pricey but we would probably go for the same unit again. The controls are well worth the extra, especially as my work takes me into homes where solid fuel fires are used and many of them are operated so badly that I reckon the best way of tackling this is to have controls that do not allow you to do the wrong thing! Being small enough to have a zero-ventilation requirement means that we avoided awkward discussions with Building Control and it burns so cleanly that my neighbour wasn't sure whether we actually used it much. (We run it every day for most of the day during the winter.) We have used about 5m³ or 2½ tonnes of wood over the winter four months and reduced our gas consumption by 300m³ or 3400kWh with respect to the same period last year. Everyone is very impressed when they see it and we are very pleased with it.
Stove expert replied: Although allowing the ash to build up gives you more control for wood burning it may be detrimental to the longevity of the grate as it may become too hot and distort over time!
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. 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.