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Ekol Crystal 5 Wood Burning Stove 40 x 54cm

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D.G.
perfect winter warmer

After being persuaded to have a stove in o

ur conservatory by my wife ,I finally succumbed and opted for the Ekol Crystal , it's a smashing little stove which soon warms the room up, only wished we had bought earlier as it makes the conservatory more usable in the colder months, the stove arrived on a day of our choice and packaged securely. excellent service . One very happy customer . would definitely use stove fitters again

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D.P.
Ekol Crystal 5 Stove and associated support

This is my second Ekol Crystal Stove, albeit this is the slightly smaller 5kw to the previous 8kw that I installed in a previous house. It's a well made solid stove which I don't think can be beaten for the price point hence going back for a second time, the team at Ekol are more than happy to help with any technical advice regarding fitting. It's easy to control, easy to light and more importantly easy to clean with the moveable grate.
With regards to the service, this is also a repeat visit having used Stove Fitters Warehouse again. There's a reason for this, they don't disappoint, the unrivalled support to help with installation and guidance when choosing a stove and package. As well as this sorting a minor issue out that was resolved with the component on my doorstep within 48 hours of raising the issue.
Hence my 5 star review on both stove and service provided, should I move house again or get my permission slip granted for a shed stove, I know where I'll be heading first!

DEFRA Approved

This stove can burn wood in a Smoke Control Area (most towns and cities are Smoke Control Areas).

DEFRA Approved

This stove can burn wood in a Smoke Control Area (most towns and cities are Smoke Control Areas)

Eco Design 2022

This stove is certified as Ecodesign compliant (has passed the new and stringent 2022 regulations).

Ecodesign & myths about pollution

Eco Design 2022

This stove is certified as Ecodesign compliant (has passed the new and stringent 2022 regulations)

Ecodesign & myths about pollution

MATERIAL & Output

Material: Steel with a cast-iron door

Output: 5kW
(max approx: 8kW)

Material & Output

Material: Cast iron stove with a cast-iron door

Output: 5kW
(max approx: 5kW)

DImensions

Body
Width: 470mm
Height: 600mm
Depth: 426mm

Flue
6" (150mm)

Dimensions

Body
Width: 395mm
Height: 540mm
Depth: 328mm

Flue
5" (125mm)

KEY SELLING POINTS

Ultra-Clean Burning

SIA Ecodesign Ready

Key Selling Points

Ultra-Clean Burning

Traditional

Cast-iron

Julian's Thoughts

Ekol were one of the first brands of stoves I sold, way back in 2013 in my small shop "The Wood Stove Hut". I have met the owners (Dorset based) many times and find them to extremely knowledgeable and professional. You cannot go wrong with Ekol, or their other brand, Saltfire.

Julian's Thoughts

Ekol were one of the first brands of stoves I sold, way back in 2013 in my small shop "The Wood Stove Hut". I have met the owners (Dorset based) many times and find them to extremely knowledgeable and professional. You cannot go wrong with Ekol, or their other brand, Saltfire.

Description

About the Ekol Crystal 5

A cast-iron stove with a traditional look that is excellent value for money.

The Ekol Crystal 5 is Defra-approved and Ecodesign ready.

Designed and developed in Dorset by Saltfire.

Three air-controls (primary, secondary and tertiary) so you are in control of your flame pattern and whatever the performance of your chimney you can be the boss.

A fairly small firebox so lends itself to the typically small British lounge size.

Ekol were one of the very first companies to concentrate on clean-burn technology.

  • Clean Flue Gases
  • Secondary air control, "ClarityX" clear glass airwash system
  • Top or Rear Flue Outlet Options
  • Quick removable baffle for easy sweeping access
  • Multi-point hot air injection baffle
  • Large panel pyro-ceramic glass viewing window
  • Primary air booster for rapid lighting
  • Tertiary air control for ultra cleam emissions
  • Solid cast iron twin layer construction

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Arriving after the Crystal 5, the Ekol Clarity 5 is a more contemporary, steel stove of a similar size.

Specifications

Output & Fuel

Multifuel
Nominal 5kW. Max. 5kW

This stove will run happily at 5kW depending on fuel load. Note that running the stove at a higher fuel level than that specified in the manufacturer's manual may cause degradation of stove innards (firebricks, baffle etc.) although these are replaceable (and repairable with beige fire cement).

This stove can burn wood and smokeless fuel/coal without any modification.

What size stove do I need?


Eco Credentials

This stove meets and exceeds the new 2022 Ecodesign regulations

This stove is approved by DEFRA to burn wood in a Smoke Control Area


Efficiency

80.3% (as a rough guide 80.3% of heat goes to the room with 19.7% going up the chimney).

Don't overthink efficiency. 75%-85% is fine and90%+ efficiency may not work so well on shorter or difficult chimneys.


External Air

No, this stove cannot be fitted with an external air kit (draws air from outside via pipe direct to stove). Usually this option is not relevant unless a room air-vent is required and the property is airtight (by design or choice).

Air vent advice here


Body & Door

Cast-iron stove (5-year body guarantee) with cast-iron door

What to buy steel or cast-iron? Do not overthink. Steel heats fast. Cast-iron takes a little longer but retains heat longer as fire dies.


Hearth

The Ekol Crystal 5 stove can, if sited outside of a fireplace recess, be sited on a 12mm thick hearth.

If in a fireplace recess, a full 125mm thickness constructional hearth is required. This will usually be in place as part of the recess design.

Hearth regulation advice here

Dimensions

Dimensions

Height: 540mm
Width: 395mm
Depth: 328mm
Front of pipe to rear of stove: 187mm

Flue outlet: 5" (125mm)

Which fitting pack for my liner? A fitting pack includes all you need except liner and chimney closure plate (also sometimes known as register plate)? Advice here


Glass

Viewing area (from outside stove looking in)

Width: 22cm
Height: 20cm


Flue

5" (125mm) collar top or rear (can be installed with a 5" or 6" chimney liner)

Top or rear connection


Air Gaps

Distance to combustibles SIDE: 800mm
Distance to combustibles REAR: 820mm

To non-combustibles there are no hard rules but, around the stove, a 50mm minimum air gap is recommended to brick/stone. This to be increased to 100mm for rendered or boarded surfaces. Prior to purchasing any stove download the installation manual to check that manufacturers do not have any additional requirements.

Distances & heat shield advice


Log Length

Maximum log length: 300mm

Delivery Promise

We offer 14 days from delivery to report any courier damage to your stove. If a stove is damaged by the courier we will replace or refund as desired.

Guarantee

Manufacturer's Guarantee

The manufacturer offers a 5 year body guarantee

Glass

Why do we sell glass insurance (pre-ticked box close to ADD TO CART button)? Because glass is classed, in the stoves industry, as a consumable item and not covered under ANY guarantee by any manufacture for any reason whatsoever. If it breaks or cracks on day one or day twenty it is not covered. If the inside of the glass goes cloudy or gets any kind of surface coating or etching then it is not covered (it will be to do with what you are burning according to manufacturers and glass makers). Glass usually costs £30-£60 plus postage but can be more on higher end models.

Performance

Defra-approved or/and Ecodesign stoves are designed and thoroughly tested before being allowed onto the market and every stove sold is identical. In the rare event a stove does not perform as well as expected it is always down to the installation, the chimney or circumstances unique to the property (pressure imbalances caused by local conditions, down drafts etc.). Here at Stovefitter's we have taken stoves back on a number of occasions for testing on our chimney and in every situation the stoves performed as expected (we may of course find a faulty stove one day but never as yet). We may, at our discretion, take a stove back once it has been used and in this situation a 50% refund would be provided (stove would be sold as second hand). We would, however, offer a 33% refund on a replacement stove.

£ PRICE MATCH £

We will happily strive to match any price you may have from any other supplier as long as the other supplier has it in stock.
Offered an "ex-display" or "shop soiled"? We will strive to offer you a new stove for the same price.

Already have a chimney? You need 1. Stove 2. Liner 3. Fitting Pack 4. Chimney closure plate (Hardiebacker board from Builder's merchants or galvanised sheet).That's it!
No chimney? Check out our shed kits or let us design your clip-together chimney design - easy peasy.

Stovefitter's Warehouse is owned and managed by Julian Patrick, blogger and author of The Stove Fitter's Manual. Julian was previously a full-time installer of wood-burning stoves (including solid fuel heating systems). He laid down the tools in 2013 to write his stove manual and open a small shop in North Wales (the Wood Stove Hut, soon to grow into The Stovefitter's Warehouse).

More info about the company and Julian's team here