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Stovax Riva Studio 500 Stove

Overall Rating:

2.5 flames

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Stovax Riva Studio 500 Stove

The Stovax Riva Studio 500 is a new addition to the Riva Studio range. With stylish and contemporary looks the Riva offers a wide heat range and is highly efficient and DEFRA approved for smoke control areas.  

Technical Data
  • Height: 479mm
  • Width: 607mm
  • Depth: 382mm

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3 flames
Quality of finish 4.5 flames
Value for money 2 flames
Ease of use 1.5 flames
Ease of lighting 1.5 flames
Firebox size 4.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 3.5 flames
Controllability 2.5 flames
Handle operation 3.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Health hazard from smoke

    Nik Duddly 2 years ago

    We own a Stovax studio Riva 1 and have had terrible issues with it since day one, it is hard to light and keep going. Smoke back fills into the room. The worst problem is the smoke pouring into the room the second the door is opened. It's unsafe and pretty much unusable. we get choked out every time we use it £3000 worth of a stove that we can't use.

    Stove expert replied: This problems indicate that the installation needs to be thoroughly checked. Is there an airbrick on the room? Has the chimney been lined? What height is the chimney system? What flue draw is being recorded and does this match the requirements of the manufacturer? The flue draw seems poor, so it may require a fan to assist the gases to be lifted away from the firebox. These are not issues that can be blamed on the stove, in essence you have a box in which you light a fire and the gases are not getting away so the fault is likely to be with the flue system and a poor draw.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Generally Ok, but smoke unacceptable

    Martin Williams 4 years ago

    I have the inset version of this stove, fitted two years ago. In common with many other Stovax reviews, smoke does billow out into the room when opening the door to reload. Understandable perhaps at the moment of opening, but this continues even though the fire is hot. However, worse than this is the smoke when lighting. I have tried lots of kindling to get the fire hot ASAP, and very little so as to reduce the smoke - all to no avail - smoke just pours out of the air intake vents below the fire, I have had to re-paint the chimney breast two times because of this. I got the installer back. They removed and the fire and checked and found a slight mis-alignment which was corrected. It made no difference but they did suggest putting three or four candles in for ten minutes or so in order to heat up the chimney, I even used a blow lamp over the top plate inside the stove and opened a window when lighting - made no difference. I contacted Stovax, failed to respond. To anyone else who has the misfortune to have this fire, I have a solution, make a temporary hood to slot over the opening when lighting. Smoke still pours out of the inlet vents, but the hood ducts the smoke back into the fire - akin to the practice of holding a newspaper over an open coal fire in order to get it to draw. Other than that, five small logs will get the whole house (4 bed detached) hot for about three hours.

    Stove expert replied: Do make sure that you have an air brick in the room, that the flue is lined (or small enough to keep the gases warm 12" square or 9" diam max but it must be sound and in good order), the flue height should be 4.5mtrs and I would suggest an anti-downdraught cowl terminates it. If other flues in the property then you may need to lengthen this flue to try to increase the draw.

    Overall rating:

    3 flames