Review of Woodfire RS 19D double sided insert stove

Stunning looking, niche wood burner

David 11 years ago

I have had my Wood Fire RSD 19 running for about 3 months now and as a result feel ready to write a review.

This is my second wood burner (the previous one was a freestanding multi-fuel burner that I owned for 2 years) and is a big departure from the first one.

You need to appreciate that this is quite a large piece of kit and is very different from a "normal freestanding" wood-burner, I failed to appreciate the weight and size... fortunately a friend was able to put it into our front room with a long reach farm forklift (after we had removed the windows).

Before you buy one I would advise that you need to:

Go and see one in a showroom so you can appreciate just how big it is

Talk to the person who is going to install the burner (they need to be confident that your chimney is OK with a 8 inch flue, and be happy with connecting up the water etc).... I didn't and it took ages to sort out.

Be confident that you have an adequate supply of dry wood ... this is a big burner

The fire is easy to control and looks stunning when in place, it really is the centre of our home. We get loads of piping hot water and as only 25% of the heat goes into the rooms we don't get ridiculously hot.

The glass is not as easy to keep totally clear and I feel that this will often be the case with water heating stoves, but good well dried wood helps a lot and our glass only blackens a little.

Overall I would say I love the stove and it performs as well as I could hope for but would not have thought it was a stove for the first-timer

Stove expert replied: Honest feedback for this model, producing good output. These stoves are big and I agree that doing your homework before purchase will definately help on these boilers.

Overall rating:

4 flames

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