Struggling to identify that wood burner or multi-fuel stove in your living room? Perhaps you have moved into a property and have no record of the appliance you have inherited? Rather than spend hours trawling through the internet trying to match pictures, why not let us help you? Simply email us a picture, with as many of the below details as possible and we’ll do the rest. We cant guarantee we can determine an exact model, but there aren’t many stoves our experts can’t ID.
NB: We are increasingly being asked to identify Chinese imported stoves. We neither sell, nor support Chinese stoves with after sales. If you are unsure as to the origin of your stove, please read the supplement at the end of this article. Regretfully, during busy periods, requests submitted to identify such stoves will not always receive a response.
How to identify your stove.
If you need to identify a wood burner or multi-fuel stove, then the key information you are looking for is…
- Stove Manufacturer, e.g Aarrow
- Model Name / Number, Becton 7
- Serial Number (where applicable), 07T 133
The location of this information will vary depending on the manufacturer. In most cases it can be obtained from the stove and/or in the operating and instruction manual that came with the appliance. Most manufacturers now use Serial numbers or have some form of data plate on their appliances – usually hidden from front view. If you can’t identify your stove, the three more common places these data tags can be found are the sides, rear or undersides of the stoves. These plates will normally give you sufficient information, however, depending on which part you require it may be necessary to ask further questions such as ‘Is it a boiler model’? or ‘Fuel Type’?
Other useful information
Sometimes information is limited, especially with older appliances, or when the stove has been inherited in a property. Therefore, it may be difficult to identify your stove. Below are some other methods we can use to pinpoint a manufacturer or model. This is not an exact science and information gathered should be taken accordingly.
- Size of door glass panels. See our handy stove glass guide.
- Single or Double Door Model.
- Any distinctive features or markings (e.g Yeoman stoves have a Tudor Rose on them)
- Approximate age of the appliance.
- Casting numbers (But not patent or British standard numbers)
- Design and layout of Internal components
- Photographs and pictures
- Look at current wood burners for similarities
Unfortunately, we are unable to determine the details of a stove from its size.
Please email your pictures, with as much of the requested information below via this link. Please keep email size under 5MB
Identify your Stove – 2021 Supplement.
It’s been several years since we produced our ‘Identify Your Stove’ article and service. We never envisaged how popular it would be, nor, how many people have unidentified stoves in their homes. Alongside this, we have seen a real upward trend in the amount of Chinese stoves on the market. Often purchased through outlets such as eBay and similar online platforms. This of course leads to many people asking us to identify such appliances too. Identifying Chinese stoves is not our forte. We do not import stoves from China, nor support such products with after sales. We only deal with reputable manufacturers who offer a full comprehensive service and comply to all current legislation.
In this supplement we do not seek to criticize or condemn these products. Rather, we aim to inform and help customers by pointing them in the right direction. Of course the below is not a fool proof system, but it will cover many imported stoves. As contemporary stoves become more popular, the import market will reflect this with new designs. Who knows, in perhaps a few years’ time we’ll do another article just for them.
How to spot a Chinese Stove
First off, How do you spot a Chinese Stove? Many of the earlier imported stoves were constructed from Cast Iron and had very ornate patterns. These should not be confused with reputable manufacturers such as Jotul (Woodland Scenes), Morso (Animal Motifs), ESSE, Stanley and others who had patterns on the side panels. There are, of course, other tell-tale signs. See examples below…
The challenges presented by Chinese stoves begin with a lack of branding. Stoves are imported in bulk and identified by codes rather than names. As a result, it is left to the resellers to brand them. This leads to a situation where the same stove may have several different names. Because of this, it makes obtaining parts and info very difficult.
If you think you have one of these stoves you ought to search out the original seller in the first instance. Failing that, you may need to trawl through the internet to find a match.