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Review of Yeoman CL8 stove

Yeoman CL8 - disappointing

Louise Norman 3 years ago

We got one of these 3 years ago. First thing was the the door kept popping open - making it unsafe and usable. Turned out that Stovax (who own Yeoman) had recalled this stove and were fitting new doors.

It took 5 months for the new door to arrive during which time we couldn't use the thing - Stovax did not rush to sort this problem for us.

So the new door stays shut, but it doesn't fit very well. There are gaps in several places, despite new rope seals. We don't get anything like the efficiency we should.

The glass is also difficult to keep clean - I don't think much of the air wash system.

It wasn't a cheap stove. I shan't be buying Stovax or any of their other brands again.

Stove expert replied: It is good that you had a replacement door sent to you by Stovax but this seems strange that it is not a good fit. There is normally some adjustment that can be made to make the seal that is required to enable an efficient burning process. Did your installer or a rep from Stovax fit the new door? Have you been back to them regarding the poor fit or requested advice on how to improve the fit? What fuel are you using? Providing the air controls are in a open position (once an established fire has been achieved closing the air vent will adjust the rate of burn normally but maintaining a clear glass), the flue draw is adequate and the fuel is of a good quality with a moisture content of less than 20% then the glass should remain clear - closing the vents, a poor flue draw or wet fuel can prevent this and lead to a blackening of the glass.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 5)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 2.5)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 5)
Ease of use 2 flames (avg 2.5)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 3)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 2.5)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 3.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3)