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Review of Woodwarm Fireview 5 Slender stove

Cracking little stove

Dawn F 3 years ago

This is my first time owning a log burner. I have a friend who thoroughly researched before fitting his own, larger, Woodwarm. I was very impressed.

I was lucky enough to find an almost new, second hand, slimline. So it cost me less than half the price of a new one. We bought a slab boiler direct from Woodwarm and retro-fitted.

I am renovating my cottage and the Woodwarm was the first thing to be installed. My downstairs is open plan and around 30sq metres. I have no other source of heating. This little stove is now going into it''s third winter, it''s fantastic. My home is comfortably warm throughout. I burn well seasoned apple wood mostly, which is free from my Son''s orchard. I get the fire going with pallet wood stored over the summer. The fire is easy to light, gets up to temperature rapidly and burns incredibly efficiently. There is never much ash and the airwash keeps the glass clean. I love how controllable the fire is. I work from home and can load it up, close it down and leave it happily for an hour, to look after itself.

The slab boiler gives me plenty of hot water at no extra cost (I also get kiln dried oak off cuts from a local kitchen maker) and I have a heat leak radiator in my office upstairs. It is the coldest room in the house. Luckily, it is in the ideal location for the supplementary rad. Apart from this I need no other heat. When it is very cold, I bank my fire with smokeless fuel overnight and close it right down. This keeps the house toasty overnight.I only have to open the vent in the morning, chuck some logs on and she''s away again.

I have just finished dry-lining my cottage and have been running the stove for a couple of weeks now as the weather is cooling. I am noticing that it is even more efficient. I did buy two things, a little fan for the top of it and a flue pipe thermostat, so that I can be sure that it is running at optimum temperature. I have become so used to her, that I can pretty much gauge what optimum Looks like.

I can only recommend this stove. I wondered if it might be too small, but I am now wondering if I really need to install gas heating at all. I also thought the firebox might be too small. But actually, it has been perfectly ok. It may be that it would be possible to close it down for longer, if I could get more wood in. But it has suited the way I use it so far.

In terms of good value, I struck very lucky finding such a bargain second hand. I can''t believe anyone would take one out, mine is so exceptional. I have gauged that I use about two tons of wood over a winter, and I don''t stint. Overnight smokeless fuel has amounted, on average, to four 25KG bags each winter. I''d say that''s pretty economical for heat and unlimited hot water! I can''t say enough good things about the Woodwarm.

Stove expert replied: Great review, free water and plenty of heat, what more could you ask for?

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 5)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.4)