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Review of The Flatford 8kw

Flatford 8

Alex Wilson 7 years ago

I have run this stove on seasoned hardwood for over two years now. The stove looks good and performs very well. It is easy to light and pumps out a lot of heat. The airwash system is very effective and the glass stays clean and requires a rub with cloth dipped in ash only once or twice a week. Its not great for an overnight burn when using wood. The only major problem I have found is that the throat plate warped within months of use. I think the design of the throat plate is poor as the initial warping creates a gap at the back which allows flame and hot gases to pass up the back . This means the throat plate is then superheated and accelerates the warping. I have renewed the throat plate once already and am currently attempting to redesign a new throat plate myself.

Stove expert replied: If the throat plate fails quickly, it may be that you have a strong draw that is making the stove work hard. If the stove does not appear to be very controllable this would be worth checking more thoroughly.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 4.5 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.5)
Value for money 4.5 flames (avg 2.9)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 3.3)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Firebox size 4.5 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.3)