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Charnwood C8 Wood Burning Stove 50 x 71cm

About the Charnwood C-Eight BLU Ecodesign Ready Wood Burning Stove

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 Crystal Tech

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

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

Ecodesign

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

Defra-approved

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

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.

Delivery

In stock for immediate delivery.

SPECIFICATIONS AND DIMENSIONS AT FOOT OF PAGE

Fuel type? Log store?
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Specifications & Dimensions

Output & fuel

Wood
Nominal 8kW.
Max. 8.3kW

This stove will run happily at 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 usually replaceable.

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

What size stove to choose? Advice here

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%

Don't overthink efficiency. 75%-85% is fine.

Stoves with 90%+ efficiency may not work so well on shorter chimneys.

Dimensions

Height: 710mm
Width: 500mm
Depth: 398mm
Front of pipe to rear of stove: 222mm

Which fitting pack for my liner? Advice here

Glass

Viewing area (from outside stove looking in).

Width: 29cm
Height: 34.5cm

 

Flue size

6" (150mm) collar top or rear
Can be installed with a 5" or 6" chimney liner.

 

External air YES

Yes, this stove can be fitted with an external air kit. Usually this option is not relevant unless an air vent is required and the property owners are aiming for an airtight space.

Air vent advice here

Body and door

Steel (10-year body guarantee).

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

This stove can not be sited on a 12mm thick hearth. JULIAN CHECK***

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

Distance to combustibles SIDE: 600mm
Distance to combustibles REAR: 650mm

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

Technical info pages  and manual (distance to combustible materials and non-combustible materials on page 84/85 of Installation manual).

Air gaps

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.

Internal firebox

Max. log size 30.5cm

Max. output 8.3kW

Free gift: A, B, C, D or E

Delivery promise (14 days to report any damage)

WHY YOU NEED OUR Exceptional guarantee (6-months even if stove used)

What if I get a lemon? What if I'm unhappy when I unwrap it? What if it does not agree with my chimney?
 
Chimney and stove not agreeing with each other? Although rare it really does happen and it is usually cured by swapping the stove for another. Why? Who knows? We have had a few stoves that "whistled". When we swapped the stove the problem stopped but when we put the stoves on a different chimney they do not whistle. We have had a few stoves that let smoke into the room when refuelling - swap the stove and the problem is cured. Test the stove on a different chimney and all is well.
 
Most retailers will not replace or refund if it is a problem with the chimney. You will have to sell your stove yourself (at a great loss as stove second-hand value is very poor) and purchase another.
 
If your stove's retail price is under £1500: Should you not be happy with your stove for any reason, within the first three months from purchase, we will arrange to have the stove collected from your premises (we pay first £48 delivery collection cost, covers most UK postcodes, you pay additional in rare situation cost rises above £48 for any reason). Stove installed and has been used? No worry. We will pay you up to £100 to have it removed by a Hetas registered installer.
 
As soon as the stove is back with us we will provide a FULL REFUND of the cost of the stove. We will even post you a pallet and straps as required (you will need to prepare it ready for our driver). This exceptional guarantee lasts for a full three months from date of delivery EVEN IF THE STOVE IS USED as long as normal wear and tear.
 
Between three and six months, we offer exactly the same but without the £100 stove-removal offer.
 
On this, you have my word.

 

Julian Patrick
Managing Director Stove Fitter's Warehouse and Author of The Stove Fitter's Manual

 

*The "exceptional money-back guarantee" applies only to black stoves or stoves that have a retail value inc. VAT of £1,500 or less. INSET OR CASSETTE STOVES ARE NOT INCLUDED. STOVES NOT ADVERTISED ON www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk are NOT INCLUDED.