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Review of Woodwarm Wildwood 9kW stove

Woodwarm Wildwood 16kW with backburner

Andy 10 years ago

We have had the 16kW version installed, with a 42000 btu backboiler connected to the central heating via a dunsley-baker neutraliser. It is a very powerful burner, with the boiler coming up to heat quickly and giving lots of heat. Even with that system, plenty of heat still comes into the large living room where the burner sits. Make sure you are going to be able to use all this heat before you install something of this size.

The door is opened using a small handle supplied with a loose spanner-type attachment to stop you burning yourself. This seems a bit vulnerable to getting lost.

As with any airwash it is not perfect, and soot builds up on the glass over time. Rather than cleaning with water and chemicals, we use a stanley blade on a handle similar to one you use to clean glass-topped halogen electric hobs, and this peels it off pretty quick without scratching.

We have not done overnight burning, so my rating for that reflects my ignorance rather than any lack of performance.

Stove expert replied: Always check that boiler stoves meet the requirements, if you have one too big the tendency is to run it slowly which is not good for a any stove. Short periods of fast burn twice a day for 15 - 20 mins (no more) is recommended to keep the glass and flue way clear of debris.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

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