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GribinIsaf

  • Joined Aug 2015
  • Montgomeryshire
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Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« on: October 20, 2020, 09:12:11 am »
The other night there was an sudden load sound and a long crack appeared at the side of the front panel of our stove.  It is a Euroheat EFEL Harmony 1 Wood and Coal Stove (although we don't burn coal)  It was installed in July 2001 by our predecessors.  I have done some research and a replacement front panel is available although our local heating engineer is sceptical about the practicality  of fitting it.

So we are balanced between repair v replacement.  Our main source of heating is a wood burning Rayburn in the kitchen that heats water and radiators.  This is the sitting room stove that is just for heating that room and sending a bit of extra heat through the house.

I am aware that wood burning technology has moved on a bit recently but don't know too much about it yet.  Has anyone recently put in a stove which they are really happy with.  I think we would want a free standing traditional design to fit in with the way the room is laid out.

Many thanks for any thoughts.

chrismahon

  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 10:04:31 am »
We had a Jotul 3 at the last place. Small but very efficient to the extent that it didn't have an ash tray- the wood burned to almost nothing, just fine white dust. The air vent took air down across the glass to keep it clean which worked very well. We started with oak and then discovered compressed wood briquettes which took the surface temperature from 250C to 320C without any damage to the fire. We have heard plenty of complaints of performance from people who have bought cheap units. Our fire here isn't up to much either - cleaning the glass and emptying the ash pan every morning is a real pain.

LisaBellamy

  • Joined Mar 2015
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 12:14:26 pm »
We've had wood burning Clearview stoves for years (from Ludlow) - I love them - pricey but far superior to the cheaper type we have in our holiday let. They also have the air vent to keep the window clean. You can download a catalogue

doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2020, 12:41:18 pm »
I've always had Morso's in previous houses (no chimney/free wood in this house  :'( :'( )  The Scandinavians know what they are about.  My last one was a Squirrel - 5kw I think - lounge was 20 sq m.  Had to keep door open as it produced so much heat - not attached to a boiler so as to have independent heating
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Justin

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Devon
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2020, 01:22:01 pm »
We heat our house just with wood and have two stoves. A Dursley Yorkshire which has a boiler on it and a double sided Woodwarm, both of which I'd highly recommend. The Yorkshire tends to work flat out or not at all and heats our hot water and some upstairs radiators, it has a thermostat and turns itself up and down as needed by the demand.

The Woodwarm is a joy, very efficient, lovely big window (countryside TV) burns very efficiently and is very controllable. Were I to need to put in another stove, it would be a Woodwarm, without question.

GribinIsaf

  • Joined Aug 2015
  • Montgomeryshire
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Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2020, 07:40:57 pm »
Many thanks for replies so far.  You have given me some names to start looking at.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2020, 07:51:54 pm by GribinIsaf »

Kiran

  • Joined Apr 2019
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2020, 06:30:07 am »
As others have said, steer clear of the cheap stoves otherwise you'll likely experience cracking again. A lot of it is down to personal preference, we had 2 Brosley stoves in our last house, they were modern looking stoves although they have more traditional styles, the efficiency of the stove was fantastic and the quality of the components was quite apparent too. We almost bought another one when we moved to the farm but opted for a Nordpeis (Scandinavian, who burn lots of wood) and whilst the stove looks and burns brilliantly it does have a tendency to catch ash in the door when you burn top down and the deposit it on the hearth when you open the door to reload.

Stovesonline.co.uk have a database of stove which is quite helpful for researching

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2020, 10:42:33 am »
I went with an Aarrow Arada Multifuel a few years ago.  Mine doesn't have a back boiler and is only supposed to heat the lounge although when going at full power it gives a good heat output to leave doors open for warming other parts of the house.  Predominantly I burn wood but have occasionally also used coal if I wanted to keep it in overnight or needed to be outside with the animals for a couple of hours and wanted it to still be burning when I came back in.  Mine doesn't get heavy use as I also have central heating, but last winter when the heating was out of order for a prolonged period due to an issue with oil tank contamination, it was the only source of heating for the house.

I don't know enough about them to categorically say it's better or worse than others, but it's doing the job here well enough.

The only downside I've found is that the door tends to catch some ash which falls out as soon as it's opened for re-stocking, but a quick sweep and back into the burner sorts that out.  There's generally not much ash left from the wood, but I do end up with a lot of clinkers if I've put coal on there... always good for putting down on the garden path to improve drainage in damp winters though!
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alang

  • Joined Nov 2017
  • Morayshire
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2020, 11:08:51 am »
Which ever stove you finally decide on i would totally recommend getting a stove fan for on top of it. They move the warm air around very well and so much so that we can use our wood burning stove to warm up the entire house now. Where as before it would only do the sitting room.
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GribinIsaf

  • Joined Aug 2015
  • Montgomeryshire
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Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2020, 08:55:45 pm »
Thanks for the further thoughts Kiran and Scarlet.Dragon - two more names to investigate. And the Stovesonline.co.uk database looks worth exploring Kiran, thank you.

alang - yes, we already use a stove top fan and agree with you about the improvement it gives.

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2020, 12:44:19 pm »
Have two Aarrow arada stoves. They’re fine but not as good as the clear view pioneer oven I had in the last house.
The air wash isn’t so great, not sure they’re so efficient but the main thing I miss was the clear view was so controllable.

DippyEgg

  • Joined May 2017
Re: Looking for wood burning stove recommendations
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2020, 10:54:55 pm »
We have a Jotul, very happy with it.

 

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