Review of Stovax Riva 55 stove
Problems with stove
Hi we are having few problems with this stove1st: BLACKENING OF GLASS Everytime we burn logs glass gets black... very annoying as they you can enjoy fire estetical reason 2nd: PLASTER CRACKED (bricks been plaster over pink plasterboards) Plaster cracked even we let it cured for 3 weeks But it cracked very badly straight above fireplace and also there are hairline cracks in strange lines accross whole wall (up to 150cm from floor) ...1 is horizontal long across whole width of wall (180cm) and other 2 are vertical 50cm long from top of fireplace up to that horizontal line around that metal cream box....why is that please 3rd: STONE SURROUND INSIDE FIREPLACE (where we put logs to burn) CRACKED Please see photos....why is that and does it need replacing...what danger can this cause if left cracked? 4rd: SMOKE COMING INTO ROOM Lots of smoke coming into room when fire is already hot and i put more logs in 5th: BLACK PLASTER above fireplace there is black plaster around fireplace which we cant even wash off...so i think as we want to put stone tiles i would need opt only for dark stone as it would be badly looking when cream slate will go black from fireplace Please try answer me these questions I would send you photos if i can on email if you can let me know your email pls Fireplace is now 2 years old Been installed by HETAS installer Chimney is swept every 6months Thank you
Stove expert replied: I suspect the installation may be at fault with so much cracking around the opening being evident. Was the stove installed with insulation around it, did the installer use fireproof boarding, rendering and plaster or just standard materials? If smoke comes back into the room, when opening the door, the flue draw would appear to be poor, has this been checked, was the chimney lined? Is there an airbrick in the room. Is the fuel dry and seasoned with a moisture content of less than 20%. Might not be the stove at fault and further investigation recommended.