Villager Esprit 7 Solo stove

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

based on 2 reviews    (View rating breakdown)
Villager Esprit 7 Solo stove
Technical Data
  • Height: 520mm
  • Width: 530mm
  • Depth: 368mm
  • Flue Diameter: 125mm
  • Fuel: Multifuel
  • Efficiency: 72.2%

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 4 flames
Quality of finish 3.5 flames
Value for money 4.5 flames
Ease of use 4.5 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 2.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 4 flames
Controllability 4 flames
Handle operation 3.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 2.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • reasonably good overall stove despite odd internal design.

    John Paythorne 6 years ago

    Bought this stove at a good discounted price owing to the fact that it is no longer made by Arada. I feel the reason for this is simple. In common with the Espirit 10 (Also discontinued) it
    shares a ridiculous throatplate that only partially covers the top of the stove, leaving about 25% exposed to bare flames. In addition to that the throatplate has 2 large flanges either side that inhibit re-fuelling, particularly with logs. I find "What Stoves" comments on another users criticism of this point unhelpful as there is only one way to installthe plate and that it the correct one!This feature apart the stove appears well made and functions well. It is easy to keep in overnight using solid fuel and the airwash is efficient.

    Stove expert replied: The throat plate is designed and tested to make this an efficient product, and is designed not to cover the whole of the top of the stove, it needs to have space for the gases to leave the firebox chamber and directs them to get the best burning process and cleaner emissions. Regarding the flanges on either side of the firebox, over filling the firebox to the extent that they inhibit the amount of fuel being used is not recommended. Refueling more often or using smaller logs would solve this.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Overall good stove.

    Howard Syddall 6 years ago

    Reasonably happy with this stove responsive and required heat for area required. The main quibbles I have are with the odd shaped throat plate that has a large flange at either side which inhibits
    the loading of logs it also covers only 75% of the stove top which to me seems a weird arrangement, (none of the other stoves in this range have this). Otherwise I am happy enough with my the purchase. Using solid fuel (Excel) the stove stays in all night quite easily and the airwash itself functions adequately.

    Stove expert replied: The baffle plate should not impede adding fuel and may have been put in upside down, the tertiary holes need to be at the back of the stove and the plate sits as far back as possible allowing the gases to pass over the front of the plate and into the chimney. Check the position of the plate and perhaps use smaller amounts of fuel.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames