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Flavel Arundel XL 5 Stove Ecodesign Wood Burning Stove (Multifuel)

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About the Arundel 5 XL

This is the beefy brother to the hugely-popular Flavel Arundel (the installer's favourite). The XL is rated as a 4.9kW, but has a firebox a fair bit larger - with a maximum capability of 8kW should you feed it enough fuel.

We tested the Arundel Xl during October 2019 and were very pleased indeed. Controllability is excellent - as good as it gets. The massive firebox means large logs are not an issue and the resulting heat output means that the XL punches well above its weight (it will run happily at 3kW-8kW so just choose how much wood to load).

Output & fuel

Multifuel
Nominal 5kW
Max. 8kW

This stove will run happily at 2-7kW depending on fuel load.

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

78.1%

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

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

Dimensions

Height: 649mm
Height with log store: no log store available this model
Width: 510mm
Depth: 301mm
Front of pipe to rear of stove: 160mm

Which fitting pack for my liner? Advice here

Glass

Viewing area (from outside stove looking in).

Width: 40cm
Height: 41cm

 

Flue size

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

 

External air NO

No, this stove cannot 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 stove (5-year body guarantee) with steel 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

Hearth thickness: minimum 125mm non-combustible material (can include floor thickness).

Hearth regulation advice here

Air gaps

Distance to combustibles SIDE: 500mm
Distance to combustibles REAR: 400mm
Distance to combustibles REAR WITH HEATSHIELD: 150mm

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).

Julian's thoughts

We had this on test in our office (old stone Chapel, difficult to heat). It passed the "Arran" test (he did not pester me to end the test early so "we can get something warmer in"). Large glass, loads of heat and very controllable.

Julian's favourite stoves

 

Internal firebox

Width: 425mm
Depth: 210mm
Useable height: 230mm

Capacity: 20,527 cm2

Max. output: 7.19kW

  • Gift/Discount
  • Delivery promise (14 days to report any damage)
  • Exceptional six-months guarantee (even if stove used)
  • Price match

 

The manufacturer has requested that we do not give away gifts with this stove.

Buying online is a little disconcerting for some. What if I get a lemon? What if I'm happy when I unwrap it?
 
If your stove's retail price is under £1300: 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 £1,300 or less. INSET OR CASSETTE STOVES ARE NOT INCLUDED. STOVES NOT ADVERTISED ON www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk are NOT INCLUDED.

We will happily strive to match any price you may have from any other supplier.

Offered an "ex-display" or "shop soiled"? We will strive to offer you a new stove for the same price.

Gobbledygook (jargon used on this page)

Boarded surface: Fireproof board (usually 10-20mm thick) for lining fireplace recesses or sealing off bottom of chimney. Available builder's merchants or specialist stove stores. Example is Hardiebacker see here: http://www.stovefittersmanual.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/hardiebacker-multifuel-leaflet.pdf
Lining a fireplace: https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/pages/lining-a-fireplace

Capacity: A Stovefitter's figure, in cm2, as to the useable inside area of the stove with regard to fuel load.

Chimney liner: A stainless steel tube, slides down a brick/stone chimney to provide a smooth and safe route for smoke.
https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/products/duraflue-316-904-grade-chimney-flue-liner
See also "Fitting Pack". If no chimney then see here: https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/products/chimney-design-to-building-regulations

Chimney plate: Seals off bottom of chimney above stove. If fitting a chimney liner will be made of metal or fireproof board (see boarded surface).

Collar: The place on the stove where the first section of chimney pipe inserts.

Cowl: Sits on top of chimney pot and stops rain/birds getting into chimney.

DEFRA: Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (UK).

Firebox: The inside of the stove where the fuel sits. The bigger this is the more fuel and therefore the more heat.
https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/pages/what-size-wood-burning-stove-for-my-room

Fitting pack: Purchased with stove and chimney liner (stove+liner+fitting pack and off you go!). Includes all you need from stove to cowl and we can choose the correct pack for you depending on your liner and stove. Fitting Pack does not include chimney plate or CO detector - these items can be purchased separately or are often available as a free gift with our stoves. Use our SEARCH button, top right of website to search for "fitting pack" for more detailed info. See infographic here: https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/pages/choosing-your-fitting-pack

Flue: If a polo mint is the chimney, the flue is the hole.

Hearth: The area underneath the stove.
https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/pages/hearth-regulations

Internal firebox: See also "Firebox".

kW: Kilowatts per hour. See also "Firebox".

Liner: See Chimney liner.

Log store: An area under a stove for storage of logs. May be a separate part (can be retrofitted) or may be part of the actual stove design (cannot be retrofitted).

Max. output: Stovefitter's deduction of maximum output using a reasonably full fuel load.
https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/pages/what-size-wood-burning-stove-for-my-room

Multi-fuel: Can burn wood, smokeless fuel or coal.

Nominal: "about" or "approx."

Renewable energy: is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat

Smoke Control Area: A smoke control area is a legally defined area where only approved solid fuels or exempted appliances (eg wood burning stoves) can be used within buildings. You could face a fine of up to £1,000 if you break the law.

Useable height: A Stovefitter's term that helps determine how much fuel can be stacked in a stove - equal to 15cm above the point at which fuel can fall out of the firebox when the stove door is opened. Any higher than this and opening the door increases chance of fuel falling onto hearth.

Wood burning stove: Can burn only wood. Some stoves can be retrofitted with a multifuel-kit (usually just a grate that is fitted into the bottom of the stove, a five-minute task).

See also our FAQ and Easy-Guides here

 

Customer Reviews

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M.G.
Flavel Arundel XL

The stove arrived on time and well packaged. The stove itself is beautiful and the large viewing window gives a fantastic view of the fire within. Vent controls and ash pan are easy to use and clean. The stove is rated at 5KW but the XL Model with its large window can definitely output higher than this but even small modest fires look beautiful through the large viewing window. It's fully defra approved and multi-fuel suitable so it's versatile and can be used in smoke free zones which is the case for us. We have tried wood and smokeless coal, we found we needed to refuel hourly with wood but coal can burn for substantially longer if you're looking to keep your home warm for longer without refuelling.

We had one issue with some welding on the ash pan but Julian was quick to come back to us and source us a replacement from the manufacturer.

Order No 10497

J
J.R.
Great service from Stovefitters!

I bought my stove from Stovefitters in-store, I am very happy with the level of service and helpful advice given and with all aspects of the purchase. Stovefitters is a customer focused company, and it shows.

The stove itself is modern looking and functions perfectly. It kicks out a lot of heat and is more than suitable for our needs (heating the bottom floor of a house, living room & kitchen). It is simple to use and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a stove with a large viewing window.