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Stratford TF 50 stove

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Stratford TF 50 stove

The Stratford TF 50 stove is a boiler model with a built in boiler of 45000btu -

as these Stratford stoves send most of the heat to the boiler & central heating system -

some people put a radiator in the same room as the stove - to assume enough heat in the middle of winter.

It can be advisable to provide good air flow to the stove in the summer time if you do not use the stove -

to avoid rusting.

This stove has now been replaced with the Aarrow Ecoburn 20

You do this by suplying extra air ventilation by leaving the door open or

lowering the baffle plate.

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3.5 flames
Quality of finish 4 flames
Value for money 4 flames
Ease of use 4 flames
Ease of lighting 4 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? 4 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames

Most Recent Review

  • A pleasing stove - shame about the glitch !!

    John Hitchens 8 years ago

    A well finished stove with clean lines and a lack of dust catching ledges. Performs well and lights easily.The glitch? Shame that Stratford missed the fact that the front glass had been installed
    without a gasket. once this had rectified I only burnt 2/3rds of the fuel !!

    Stove expert replied: Very unusual for a stove to be sent out without the gasket, glad that this has been remedied with noticeable fuel efficiency.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Stratford Ecoboiler

    Anne McLeod 11 years ago

    I live in a long thin old stone farmhouse with lots of small rooms. I had this stove installed in the summer and am now using it all day, every day, though I have not yet tried to keep it
    going all night - however, I suspect this would not be a problem, since with enough fuel in and the draught turned down as low as this stove allows, it should work very well. I have no other source of heat in the house and am using the stove to heat my domestic hot water and on average 7 radiators. I am very impressed with how quickly the stove puts the heat into the radiators and how controllable the draught is. I am burning hard wood blocks (9 to 12 per day) plus about half a bucket of coal a day (a mix of Polish coal and smokeless fuel) which I find useful to bring up the temperature of the fire. I light the fire with a biggish load of fuel in the morning, get the water in the system good and hot and circulating to the rads nicely and then leave the stove on very low draught through the middle of the day, with maybe one smaller top-up of fuel about lunch time. Later in the afternoon I build it up again and give a new surge to the radiators so that the house is warm for the evening. The daytime temperature here is about 4-6 C at the moment and it is very wet to boot but I feel snug in my house for the first time ever. I live in the Republic of Ireland where this stove retails for about €1695 (my local stove shop actually could not do better than a quote of €1950!). However, I contacted a stove shop in the North (Newry) and found the stove retails there for £1270- so I paid just over €1400 including delivery to the south coast here: an enormous saving for me! I am delighted with this stove and would recommend it to anyone. Two points to remember: the stove itself does not emit a great amount of heat so you need a radiator in the same room as it; for the same reason, you can't actually boil a kettle on what the parts list describes as a hotplate!
    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

More reviews for Stratford TF 50 stove

  • WORST STOVE EVER

    Jeremy 9 years ago

    Sorry to say this but I have to put up with this stove for a while longer until I can afford to replace it.From the start I have had problems with the stove firstly the (ally) door trim immediately
    fell off (what’s the point of it anyway). Secondly the door handle seized up as the bolt on the fire side (in the fire) seized unsurprisinglyThen threaded when being un seized Great design.The ash grate is on more or less the same height as the door so when cleaning it spill out over the floor again great design.When I first spoke to Aarrow about my problems they showed no interest in solving any issues To qualify this rant I depend on multifuel stoves for all my heating and I have also had a smaller clear view stove for the past ten years and had absolutely no problems with itI would not recommend this stove or Aarrow to anyone.

    Stove expert replied: The trim on these stves is there to hold the glass clips in place. If it shrinks then the stove may have been over-fired at some point. They are in my usual experience a good boiler stove but of course this appears to be an unfortunate experience. Would suggest getting a new trim otherwise the glass gasket can fail which would lead to further complications.

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • A problem solved

    Rob Kennedy 11 years ago

    I have reviewed this stove before and am still using the same stove. I had a problem with not being able to slumber the fuel when i changed from anthracite to briteheat. I had also burned 2
    tons of wood through the unit over 2009/10 winter before going back to anthracite (found a supplier again) then briteheat.Anyway i replaced the door seals they needed doing anyway and this did not cure the problem. The obvious fault causing this would be the damper not closing but i had inspected this (without removing side cover) and thought it was ok. I decided to remove the side cover and found that the pivoting damper flap was stiff and not making a 100% seal. I cleaned the flap, hoovered out all the dust and freed the flap by moving it forwards and backwards. This freed it up but then the damper flap seal gasket dropped off the damper. I used stove rope glue to refit and this solved the problem.Still using briteheat instead of wood as the weather warms up and stove is still going strong providing loads of boiling water for baths and maintaining the house temperature. I wish Arrow would put their eco boiler stove through the excemption test (replacement for this stove) to make it legal to use burning wood in a smoke control areas.
    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • Stratford TF50 Surprisingly powerful!

    Rupert Warner 12 years ago

    We installed this in November 08. We live in a 2 bed semi cottage with 8 rads. We have linked the burner to our oil central heating allowing us to run 1 or the other. In 07 we used about 1300
    litres of oil to heat our water and house, and that was a mild winter!This year we have been warmer and used only about 300L, a huge saving! We used the oil to heat the rads initially during the coldest weather, ie -5 to -10c and found that burning wood thereafter we could keep the rads warm and the house at about 19c. During milder times, say down to -1 ish wood alone can warm the rads quite happily. Similarly, burning solid fuel produced enough heat to heat the rads from scratch meaning we could avoid the oil totally. Overall we have found that it can heat more rads than advertised, and keeps 6 rooms comfortably warm, even in very cold weather. Obviously the type of wood burned has some effect. We used ash in the coldest weather but now it is milder we are using willow and softwoods which generate sufficient heat.The dial air flow controller works very well and the fire reacts very quickly and is very controllable. The fire seems to burn very cleanly, as after 3 months of use for about 14 hours per day, burning wood 90% of the time, when I swept the liner only about 4 tablespoons of soot came down! We have another Aarrow stove that is about 10 years old and still looks good as new, hopefully this 1 will last as well. Very plaesed with it and would recomend to anyone.
    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Aarrow stove

    Nikola Cattermoul 12 years ago

    Good stove. Only problem has been with the airflow dial which broke and needed to be replaced. The parts are not cheap! Otherwise a very satisfactory item.
    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Arrow Stratford TF 50

    Rob Kennedy 12 years ago

    Good stove. I have found the best fuel to use is Anthracite Stovesse although getting hold of it now is difficult. The stove is good on wood but needs to burn flat out to get the best from the
    wood, when using wood i put smokeless fuel on to overnight burn. Consumption of smokeless fuel over the winter time is 1 ton over a quarter. I am currently burning a fuel called Briteheat which is a economy type briquete similar to Phurnacite but cheaper. It produces a lot more ash than Anthracite but providing you empty the ash pan every filling it's fine. There is no clinker and the smallest amount left in the firebox will recover quickly everytime, so you will not loose the fire. My only gripe with this stove is not having a larger ash pan. My tip to anyone buying this stove is to purchase an extra ash pan and a tippy to make the task of ashing out easier. As with all stoves ashing out can seam a chore but for a few minutes a day doing this a considerable saving on heating bills can be made compared to gas. I have a linked system and save about £120 on heating using the stove and smokeless fuel conpaired to using the gas alone over the winter quarter.
    Overall rating:

    4 flames