Firewire Curve Wood Burning Stove 5kW (three widths including 500 widescreen)

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During the winter of 2018/19 Stovefitter's went in search of a modern, large screen, Ecodesign stove that we could retail between £599 and £799. We tested numerous models and it was the Firewire range that you now see that came out on top. The Firewire is a wood-only stove with a large viewing window and simple yet effective single control.

Customer Reviews

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Richard Dean
Firewire 500: An absolute breeze.

Like others on here we researched extensively and went for the Firewire with Stovefitters. The whole process was an absolute breeze as the website was so informative and easy to use - especially in working out which flues / accessories were required. The website also has an excellent guides and manuals section that the fitters found really useful.
The stove itself looks even better than the images online depict, all items delivered promptly and well packaged. Would very highly recommend!

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Peter Black
Summer house to winter house

Order 12851 The firewire is an amazing small stove. we purchased the shed pack also. We used it in the summer house to extend the season. The firewire has amazingly clear glass. We have a charnwood stove in the house which is always covered in soot unless, you run the stove very hot. The firewire glass is like its not there, even when ticking over. With the shed fitting pack Julian has helped me all the way with instructions for the installation on live chat (usually on a saturday). Overall its one of those purchases that makes me 😊.

Note that, unlike the images, all Firewire handles are now silver

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)

"Firewire" is Stovefitter's name for this stove range.
The stoves are sold in the UK by Mi-Flues and registered for DEFRA and Ecodesign under different model names

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)

"Firewire" is Stovefitter's name for this stove range.
The stoves are sold in the UK by Mi-Flues and registered for DEFRA and Ecodesign under different model names

Ecodesign & myths about pollution

MATERIAL & Output

Material: Steel with a cast-iron door

Output: 5kW

Material & Output

Material: Steel with a cast-iron door

Output: 5kW

DImensions

Three different sizes available. Please see full dimensions below.

Dimensions

Three different sizes available. Please see full dimensions below.

KEY SELLING POINTS

Large stay-clear glass
 
Easily our favourite stove at this price point
 

Single control (major benefit)

Key Selling Points

Easily our favourite stove at this price point
 

Single control (major benefit)

Large stay-clear glass

Julian's Thoughts

There are a few stoves on the market worth buying at this price point and the Firewire is certainly fighting it out at the top of the list. An excellent stove.

Julian's favourite stoves

Julian's Thoughts

There are a few stoves on the market worth buying at this price point and the Firewire is certainly fighting it out at the top of the list. An excellent stove.

The others worth looking at under £700? Flavel Arundel, Hamlet 5, Peanut 5, Saltfire ST-X5.

Baffle (inside top of stove) is removable via two bolts for sweeping chimney.

We recommend a sweep door is added to the first flue pipe above the stove as this will provide a sweep with faster/easier access.

Inside the Stove

Description

About the Firewire Curve

Firewire

During the winter of 2018/19 Stovefitter's went in search of a modern, large screen, Ecodesign stove that we could retail between £599 and £799. We tested numerous models and it was the Firewire range that you now see that came out on top. The Firewire is a wood-only stove with a large viewing window and simple yet effective single control.

When we tested the Firewire we were particularly impressed by how clear and clean the glass remained - like new after five full working-days of heating our office in North Wales. A cleaner glass during testing we have yet to find even amongst £1000+ models.

Firewire is only available from Stovefitter's - a range of high-quality products at a very reasonable price point.

Following our five weeks of testing (five days a week, eight hours per day) we are confident in our verdict: there is no finer stove at this price point on the market today. Arran (Stovefitter's Sales Manager) has just installed the Firewire in his new house in North Wales (he has been without fire for a while so is super excited). Due to this Arran is your man for a detailed analysis!

Note that the Firewire stoves require 40cm of hearth in front of the stove (big glass and high heat output).

Firewire Curve

Three stoves, all 5kW. Three widths to suit different fireplace dimensions: 400mm, 450mm and 500mm.
 
Available from our showroom.

Firewire

The standard Firewire is also available and can be found here

Priced a little less as has a flat door.

Specifications

Output & Fuel

Wood-only (can only burn wood)
Nominal 5kW.

Max.
400: 6.17kW
450: 6.95kW
500: 7.71kW.

This stove will run happily at 2-7.71kW 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).

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

85% (as a rough guide 85% of heat goes to the room with 18% 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

Steel 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

Note that 400mm of hearth is required in front of the glass of this stove (as opposed to the usual 225mm as stated in Building regs)

This 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

400

Height: 530mm
Width: 410mm
Depth: 332mm

Front of pipe to rear of stove: 185mm

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

450

Height: 494mm
Width: 446mm
Depth: 353mm

Front of pipe to rear of stove: 185mm

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

500

Height: 590mm
Width: 490mm
Depth: 353mm

Front of pipe to rear of stove: 185mm

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 x height

400: 30cm x 34cm
450: 34cm x 30cm
500: 38cm x 38cm


Flue

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

Top or rear connection


Air Gaps

400 Model Distance to combustibles SIDE: 400mm
400 Model Distance to combustibles REAR: 300mm

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

Max Log Length: Approx. 300-400mm depending on model

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.

Downloads


Operating and installation instructions: please contact us

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.

Search any questions you may have

£ 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.

Visit the link to find an installer

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