Wood Burning Stove Reviews
Wood Burning Stove Reviews are for domestic stoves which cost from under £200 for a basic model, to £3000+ for sophisticated Hi-Tech models with advanced control systems.
From Jan 2019 we recommend buying DEFRA approved or Ecodesign ready wood burning stoves in line with the new Government clean air policy.
Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lower emissions. It is due to come into force for stoves in the UK in 2022. The particulate matter emissions limit for Ecodesign is 55% lower than for DEFRA approved stoves.
See our Stoves Section for a full list of our recommended Stoves
Please note: The fitting of a wood burning stove is classified as controlled building works and the local authority must be notified before you get one fitted, certification must be obtained. A wood burning stove must be fitted by someone deemed competent (if you DIY this means you) by your local authority. We strongly recommend using a HETAS registered engineer, who will be able to provide you with the legally required certificate of compliance, if you are fitting a wood stove onto a barge or boat it must be installed in accordance with BC 8511:2010.
As most sub £300 wood burning stoves are not DEFRA approved for use in smoke controlled areas we no longer recommend a best budget buy.
We strongly suggest that if you are buying a new stove that you look for one with the DEFRA approval or Ecodesign ready labelling
Ecodesign ready stoves have an efficiency of 80%+ and 80% fewer particulate emissions than older stoves. The greater efficiency means that while they cost more than a budget stove they are cheaper to run and will save you money in the long run.
If your initial budget is restricted you can find multi fuel burning stoves that can burn smokeless fuel such as this 5.2kW model for under £200. It has a 5-year limited guarentee.
It conforms to BS EN 13240:2001 which mean it has an efficiency of minimum 50%.
Please read our Wood Burning Stove Guide before attempting a DIY installation.
Wood Burning Stove Reviews - Cast Iron Best Buy Range
The Home Fire shop recommends the Clarke range of traditional cast iron wood and multi-fuel burning stoves as our prefered choice for a practical affordable range of stoves.
This range of well-engineered & robust wood stoves have proven to be effective and durable and have an excellent user review rating.
All Clarke products comply with the latest British & European Standards & European Safety / CE Marking Directives.
Wood Burning Stove Reviews- Steel Stoves
Well made cast iron or steel stoves if looked after will last for decades.
Some prefer the organic curves & traditional styling of the cast iron models, others prefer the clean lines and contemporary feel of the newer steel ones.
We have looked at many steel models and recommend 2 contemporary wood burning stoves manufactured in Europe and made from rolled high-grade steel, both will burn a range of other fuels as well.
With high standard build quality and finish, they are covered by a 2-year warranty.
This is a powerful and stylish wood burning stove which is DEFRA approved for use in smoke controlled areas.
Neat and perfectly formed it is made from thick high-grade steel and has a stylish single door with a large glass window to provide a clear warming view of the flames. Nominal heat output is 5kW and Maximum heat output is 9 kW, it has an efficiency rating of 77%.
The combustion chamber is fully lined with firebricks to prolong the life of the stove, and improve the iStoves performance and efficiency. An Airwash system ensures the glass stays clean and it has a large removable ash pan.
Dimensions: Height 65cm, Width 51.5cm, Depth 40cm. Weight 75kg
Based on the popular iStove chassis the Nero Lux is designed for the larger space with a massive 18kW max heat output. Ideal for barn/loft conversions and open plan living areas.
Made from thick high-grade 7mm thick steel it has a single large glass fronted door and a firebrick lined firebox. Nominal heat output is 11kW and Maximum heat output is 18 kW, it has an efficiency rating of 75%.
You can control the temperature output on this stove, choosing to have the stove simmering and therefore not giving off too much heat, or burning freely and providing rapid and effective heating for a fast warm up.
The Neo Lux has been awarded the European standard - EN quality standards for regional environmental efficiency.
Dimensions: Height 76.2cm, Width 61.5cm, Depth 41.8cm. Weight 100kg.
The Nero Lux has an Airwash system which keeps the glass door clean and has advanced secondary burn technology for high efficiency, low fuel consumption.
It has been awarded the European Quality Standard for regional environmental efficiency.
The Aduro Range: Our Recommended Premium Wood Burning Stove Range
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Aduro is an established Danish company which specializes in combining ecologically sensitive high-tech wood burners with cutting edge design.
They make steel, cast iron and some stoves which combine both materials. there are over 25 models in the range.
Aduro stoves are ranked as some of the best made and most environmentally friendly in the world, each is designed by architects, tested rigorously and command the Ecolabel/Swan Mark, which involves independent 3rd party testing and guarantees :
- High efficiency, min. 73%
- Low emission of harmful particles, carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbon emissions (OGC).
- They are highly efficient and made of environmentally suitable materials.
- Stringent production control.
They also collaborate with the Danish Institute of Technology to produce some of the most efficient and green wood stoves in the world.
Their wifi controlled Hybrid wood pellet stove, Aduro H1, is the Winner of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2018
When buying a wood burning stove from Aduro, as well as a beautiful wood burning stove your stove comes with simple controls, environmentally friendly combustion and lots of other advantages such as:
- Stylish Danish design and technology
- Up to 5 years warranty and direct access to original spare parts at aduroshop.com
- Less fuel consumption with Aduro-tronic automation
- Intelligent firing with Aduro Smart Response
- High value for money due to efficient production and distribution
If you are looking for quality wood stoves, or wish to upgrade then the Aduro range is worth serious consideration.
The Asgard 1 is from our featured Aduro range of top quality wood burners.
Aduro is an established Danish company which specializes in combining ecologically sensitive high-tech wood burners with cutting edge design. This model for use within the UK smoke control areas
The Asgard range is noted for ease of use and simple clean design.
The Aduro Asgårds 1 is DEFRA approved for use in smoke-free zones in the UK and Northern Ireland and is exempt under section 21 of the Clean Air Act 1993.
It has a 5Kw nominal rating with a maximum heat output of 7kW, this wood stove has an efficiency rating of 80.5% (min 76%) and is suitable for areas up to 90 m3 with average insulation.
If you have a well-insulated space, it can handle up to 120 m3. There is a large wood burning area (33cm wide) and can take logs up to 32 cm in length, at maximum burn it will use up to 2.4 Kg of wood per hour.
There is a standard 2-year manufacturer guarantee with this wood stove, and a free 5 year extended warranty if you register your purchase with Aduro.
Dimensions: Height 92cm, Width 53.3cm, Depth 36cm. Weight 70kg. Flue 5" top outlet only
The Thorma Range, great design & high quality
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Thorma is a Slovakian company which started as a metal working factory in 1908, it started producing stoves in 1927 and after the post-WW2 state restructuring re-emerging into private ownership after the regime change in 1992.
The plant has been modernised and commenced serious production in 1998 specialising in the production of solid fuel burning stoves, boilers and cookers.
They currently export within Europe to Germany & Denmark, and internationally to the US and Australia. Thorma has its own manufacturing plant in Kovosmalt Fiľakovo and is fully compliant with European control & safety regulations, the company is ISO 9002; 9001: 2000 and 14001 compliant.
Thorma makes a range of modern well-designed wood burning stoves which are extremely well constructed.
The Faulin is designed to burn wood logs and briquettes, our users have reported success handling of handling a range of fuels including brown coal, but using other fuels will invalidate the guarantee you use other fuels at your own risk.
The Falun model has a steel chassis and is nominally rated at 8Kw with a maximum output of 12Kw, this wood stove draws an external air supply, incorporates Airwash and clean burn technology.
It has a 6" exit flue on top and draws an external air supply via a flue on the back, it will need to be sited where an air supply is available such as backing onto a hearth or external wall.
Its sleek lines and minimalist look give it all the features you would expect of a high-quality contemporary wood stove.
Dimensions: Height 104cm, Width 55cm, Depth 39cm. Weight 101.5kg
Several of Thormas range of high-quality wood burning stoves are available by direct order via Amazon