The Flatford 8kw

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

based on 4 reviews    (View rating breakdown)
The Flatford 8kw

A traditional, minimalist 8kW stove from Chesney

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3.5 flames
Quality of finish 3.5 flames
Value for money 3 flames
Ease of use 3.5 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 4.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 4 flames
Controllability 4 flames
Handle operation 4 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Obsolete after 7 years?

    Elaine Samuel 3 years ago

    Gas Flatford 8 installed 2012, when chesney first manufactured gas stove. In 2019, (November) the pilot assembly had to be replaced...and a new one sent. But this will not attach to the gas
    valve because the interrupter ( which must attach to both the pilot assembly and the gas valve) is seemingly not available. Gas mechanic has been at home three times and worked here over ten hours. Chesney either sending wrong parts or the part (after 7 years) not available. Went through winter (with Parkinsons) without the fire. Now ready to give up.

    Stove expert replied: Hmmm that doesn't sound that great for you Elaine - sorry to hear about your experience, and on top of that Parkinsons. I'll send you an email to see if there's anything I can do to facilitate, can't guarantee that I'll be any more effective than you.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Big and sturdy

    Harry 12 years ago

    Nicely built ,looks great easy to use and access , handle works well.Takes a while to get going & seems to use a fair amount of wood probably due to size but really kicks out heat when it does
    get up to heat.I have the next sized down model which overall works better for me in heat speed terms .

    Stove expert replied: Fair review of this stove.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

More reviews for The Flatford 8kw

  • Flatford 8

    Alex Wilson 10 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

  • Chesney Flatford 8

    Gerry Armour 12 years ago

    Purchased and operated Flatford 8kw over a year now.We use it as a secondary heat source in a very large and tall living room. During the winter it was on every day from 1500 to 2200 hrs. We
    have burned seasoned wood for about 90% of the time.The fire is very well made, looks great and very easy to light. It does take a large amount of wood to get up to temperature. Once the stove is hot the fire is great and can be controlled.The air-wash facility does not work well while burning coal, easily staining the window. While burning seasoned wood the air-wash works extremely well. We started cleaning with damp newspaper dipped in wood ash daily but through experience it only needs a clean every week, 2 mins. The fire box is big and can take large logs, makes logs cheaper to buy.We tried the overnight burning and did not work also it took me three days to clean the glass. Not recommended.The front airflow rod is quite exposed when extended and you must be careful not to catch it/bend it. It could do with a fine control or notches to adjust the draw of the fire.The side riddling rod is now slack and slightly bent.In summary this is a great looking stove that when in use with logs looks great, pumps out heat and the window is kept clear all the time.However when using coal or night burning the window soots up very quickly and requires a large effort to clean. The front rod design could be modified to prevent being caught/bent.I would recommend this fire to anyone who wishes to have a log burner as a secondary heating system that also looks fantastic.

    Stove expert replied: Overnight burning is not generally recommended as glass will become discoloured. Clean with short periods of fast burn or a cloth dipped in woodash.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames