Ekol Crystal 8 Multifuel Wood Burning Stove 8kW Cast Iron Traditional

Traditional cast iron stoves with modern eco credentials.

Customer Reviews

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J
J.T.
Ekol Crystal 8 and flue

I recently purchased an Ekol Crystal 8 stove and had a twin wall flue designed. The stove is smaller than I expected but definitely packs a punch. It is easy to use, burns well and looks good. The flue design was made very straight forward by the guys at the shop and everything was delivered on time. It was all very easy to fit and the website has links to lots of handy guides.

D
D.B.
Ekol crystal 8

Loving the stove, even though it’s May we have it on all day!!
Quality is excellent, delivery was perfect and the kit included everything we needed!

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: 8kW
(max approx: 8kW)

Material & Output

Material: Cast iron stove with a cast-iron door

Output: 8kW
(max approx: 8kW)

DImensions

Body
Width: 445mm
Height: 620mm
Depth: 430mm

Flue
5" (125mm)

Dimensions

Body
Width: 445mm
Height: 620mm
Depth: 430mm

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 8

The Crystal 8 is a cast-iron stove with a traditional look that is excellent value for money.

Designed and developed in Dorset by Saltfire.

Three air-controls (primary, secondary and tertiary) - so you are in control of your flame pattern.

"Purchased first Crystal 8 after reading many reviews and viewing lots of Stoves. Ekol impressed with the very solid build quality, don't expect to lift it off the pallet on your own!" Allan Douglas

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 8 is a more contemporary, steel stove of a similar size.

Specifications

Output & Fuel

Multifuel
Nominal 8kW. Max. 8kW

This stove will run happily at 3-8kW 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

78% (as a rough guide 78% of heat goes to the room with 22% going up the chimney).

Don't overthink efficiency. 75%-85% is fine and 90%+ 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 8 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: 620mm
Width: 445mm
Depth: 430mm
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: 240mm
Height: 270mm


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: 375mm
Distance to combustibles REAR: 400mm

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