Stovax Riva 40 multi fuel, page 2 of reviews

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

based on 24 reviews    (View rating breakdown)
Stovax Riva 40 multi fuel

A contemporary stove suitable to fit into a traditional fire place.

It can be installed as an insert stove with or without frame.

This stove can also be installed as a free standing model.

It is available in 2 colours.

Technical Data
  • Height: 599mm
  • Width: 492mm
  • Depth: 350mm
  • Flue Diameter: 125mm
  • Fuel: Multifuel
  • Nominal Heat Output: 4.9kW
  • Efficiency: 82%

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Review Ratings Breakdown

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

Page 2/3 of reviews for Stovax Riva 40 multi fuel

  • Do not buy this stove

    Margaret Nenville 6 years ago

    I have just learned my Riva 40 has completely burned through after only 8 years. I have never been happy with it, as not a lot of heat came from it, my open fire gave out better heat. For... []

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • Great little Stove

    Mac MacIntyre 7 years ago

    I had this stove in my last house and we got on great with it. It wasn't a huge room but the stove was smack in the middle of the house and it gave of a fantastic heat. It was a bit fiddly to... []

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • Stovax Riva 40 Inset

    Vince Baker 7 years ago

    Like any stove it has its own characteristicís for lighting we have found that leaving the primary vent open at 50% and the secondary air wash at 100% for the lighting period, door slightly... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Great Stove

    Alan 7 years ago

    Bought this for a new build last summer so we are now well into our first winter with this stove. I find it extremely efficient. 2 or three large lumps of firewood will keep this going all evening... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Top stove!

    Trevor Mills 7 years ago

    Stumbled across this site while looking for spares. We had a Riva 40 inset fitted in Nov 2007 and have loved it. The reason we chose it was: two babies - so wife didn't want free standing for... []

    Stove expert replied: Great feedback and stove performing well and saving on alternative fuel use.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Spare parts for Riva

    J Strain 7 years ago

    Ash clearance remains a problem. Spares are difficult to obtain, the company appears ambivalent to the fact I cannot use the fire until I get some new firebricks. They have been on order five... []

    Stove expert replied: Try sourcing from an alternative place as this seems an excessive time to wait for spares!

    Overall rating:

    3 flames

  • Nice fire but you cannot keep it going overnight!

    Duncan 8 years ago

    Bought this fire 6 years ago. From personal experience its not suitable to keep burning all night as it clogs up and goes out. I have previously contacted Stovax and advised that you cannot... []

    Stove expert replied: It would be worth trying other smokeless fuels as the ash production does vary with different makes, you may find one that will stay in!!

    Overall rating:

    3 flames

  • Bad ash removeal

    Keen 8 years ago

    Bad ash removal lets down this product, also the soft paintwork. This is not an everyday fire because it is very difficult to remove the ash as the holes in the upper grate do not line up with... []

    Stove expert replied: It is not a good idea to burn wood AND smokeless fuel as it produces sulphuric acid which can eat away at your flue. Stove paint is fairly soft until it has cured by getting nice and hot. Seeing as white spirit is a common paint solvent it is probably not the best thing to clean a painted surface with. That said the ash removal sounds a little arduous. Perhaps consider a little shovel as well to save time?

    Overall rating:

    3 flames

  • overheating

    Carmel 8 years ago

    I had one installed January 2011 with a new marble fireplace I had to have top section of fireplace replaced as marble has gone brown think overheating installer is now recommending changing... []

    Stove expert replied: the browning might indicate that there is some smoke coming into the room which actually points to the chimney draw being insufficient. Perhaps get the installer to perform a smoke draw test and also check whether this is effected by opening a window to the room. If it is then you might need extra ventilation to the room. Otherwise it may be that the chimney has not always got sufficient draw - for which there are various possible remedies.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Inherited Insert

    Ian Armstrong 8 years ago

    We have had a couple of free standing stoves in the past and inherited this insert when buying a house in April 2010. Used on a daily basis in cold weather we have used it entirely for burning... []

    Stove expert replied: Hopefully the new model will do all you want it to, it's a good chance to see what is on offer as stoves have changed a great deal over the past few years.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

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