Stovax Riva 50 stove

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

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Stovax Riva 50 stove

Stovax Riva insert stoves can be used in a smokeless area as long as you add the smoke control kit.

They are plain cassette stoves flush with the wall and some are available with ducting.

Technical Data
  • Height: 550mm
  • Width: 540mm
  • Depth: 350mm
  • Flue Diameter: 125mm
  • Nominal Heat Output: 7kW
  • Efficiency: 83%

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3.5 flames
Quality of finish 4 flames
Value for money 3 flames
Ease of use 3.5 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 3.5 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 flames

Most Recent Review

  • A wood burning stove not fit for purpose

    Stefan Phillips 2 years ago

    we had the fireplace fitted 7 years ago and the chimney sweep pointed out that the steel in the roof had cracked. We had the fireplace company come out and check and they condemned the unit
    saying that it was not safe to use and that we had over fired the unit. This I strongly disagreed with as we always have the air flow on minimum and don''t over fill otherwise the room would get too hot. Infrequent use and annual checks by the "professionals" we were very disappointed and the was forward was to buy an exact replacement for a little over £3k. If this unit was made in China then I would understand why the construction is so flimsy. Our recommendation is not to buy one of these and carefully check what is on the market and its durability. Apart from this we were advised that this unit is no longer available and that there are only a few left for sale. What a surprise!
    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • riva 50 inset

    Chris Clarke 10 years ago

    Recently had a riva 50 installed and couldn't be more pleased with the heat output, our room is 22ft -15ft and 8ft high with no double glazing . Professionally installed. I can highly recommend
    the Riva 50 inset.
    Overall rating:

    5 flames

More reviews for Stovax Riva 50 stove

  • Extremely disappointed

    Colin Barras 4 years ago

    Purchased October 2018 used over this winter with no real problem. No use in summer then fired up again October 2019. After a few days it was not working properly and appeared to have too much
    draw. Got installer in only to find the inside of the fire needed to be replaced. Guarantee did not apply seemingly. Waited three months for the parts and still you cannot control the burn properly. It goes far too hard and fast. Used once since repair, I am not a happy camper at all. I feel like ripping the whole thing out. It cost over £500 for repairs and all in all over £3,000 down the drain.

    Stove expert replied: Have you had the chimney swept since the stove was installed? Are the rope seals all in tact as I assume that it was internal liners that have been replaced - these are not covered by warranty which is normal practise by manufacturers as they are classed as consumable items. As there is a noticeable change in how the stove is performing, it is a question of finding out what has changed - this may be higher trees surrounding the property, change in wind direction, internal alterations where another fireplace is now being used - so can be quite a diverse process to ascertain this and then take steps to alleviate its affect. Having been happy with the stove initially it is worth trying to find a solution so you can fully appreciate it again.

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • I’m dissapointed

    Estelle Wright 4 years ago

    I replaced a free standing stove with a Riva 50. The heat from it is definitely not as hot as the last stove Unless I open up the vents which very quickly burns the wood. Although it looks good
    seeing the flames and it is much neater I can not turn it down to gently smouldering the way I used to on old one. When I close the vents it keeps burning an then gets cold quickly. My last one smouldered all night giving constant heat.

    Stove expert replied: The flue draw may be excessive for this stove hence the lack of control, this is difficult to rectify in an inset model. Do check the glass and door seals to make sure that they are effective.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • Better than an open fire

    Garry O'Brien 8 years ago

    The insert stove has transformed our living room. It is just as nice as looking at an open fire but definitely throws over 80% of the heat into the room. We have only used a mixture of logs
    and turf and the ashes are so fine, once cooled, can be hoovered up with a good ash vacuum cleaner. Lights very easily using a small fire lighter every time.
    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Saxon Riva 50 Inset

    Chris Clarke 10 years ago

    Recently had a Stovax Riva 50 inset fitted, this was the only size that would fit my marble grate 22ins by 22ins The room size is 24ft by 14ft with 8ft ceiling, two large bay windows which are
    not double glazed. Absolutely delighted with this stove ample heat output, easy lighting with a large door , will take logs up to 13ins long.professionally fitted.
    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Poor value for money

    Mazz Black 10 years ago

    From the outside with the door closed the interior looks much larger. In fact the interior is tiny!! I'm familiar with inset stoves having had one installed when I lived in Sweden. I wish I
    had never gone for this, but oops, too late! My installer H G Matthews told me that I would have to have my whole fireplace reworked if I had it removed. the interior is so small that you can just fit one short log, or two in such a way that you don't get enough air circulation around them. If you can go for the next size up, don't make the same mistake as me. The installer also told me that the output would be more than enough for the size of my room 20' x 14' which makes me wonder how many of this model they have installed into a barn conversions with a vaulted ceiling. My property has a B rating EPC, so it's not as if I have heat leaking out of the building. The heat output is sufficient with the doors to other rooms closed, but no more than that. Be warned..
    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames