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Review of Stratford TF90 stove

Not built to last

Justin Tinker 9 years ago

Our TF90B was installed into our new build house Dec 2007. Having had an Aarrow stove (not boiler) previously I was confident it would be a sound investment. Sadly I was wrong. The stove has been serving our 5 bed 3 bathroom house sufficiently well since installation, with hot water and heating. The only issue we have had is the glass in the door has 'crazed' which Aarrow replaced f.o.c. THEN, my wife noticed the firebox was a bit damp on one side when laying the fire, upon further investigation it seems that the boiler has failed, probably at a seam, but annoyingly on the sidewall front area behind where the airwash is welded in! Arghhh! I spoke to the manufacturer who suggested a mobile welder address the problem or a new stove! My confidence is shattered with Aarrow, the stove has probably saved us its purchase price in the the 4 winters we have had it, but the hassle of removing it, maybe trying to get it repaired, has certainly put me off buying another from them. It seems a shame to scrap it as the stove still looks like new and you seem to be able to buy all the spares to keep it going. Shame the boiler hasn't lasted :-(

Stove expert replied: If you do not get repaired this should is not be used as a room heater in the future, a directive from the H & S Executive.

Overall rating:

3 flames

Build Quality 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 3.5)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 3.4)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 2.8)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3.2)