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Yeoman stoves review

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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Read our review of Yeoman's multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves to find out what it was rated for key aspects, including quality and durability.

After asking hundreds of stove owners, we've been able to rate a number of popular stove brands, including Yeoman.

Our highest-scorer and the brand in last place came 24 percentage points apart, getting customer scores of 94% and 70%. 

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Yeoman multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves ratings

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Yeoman log burners and multi-fuel stoves

You can flick through the image gallery below to see a selection of the wood-burning stoves (also called log burners and wood burners) and multi-fuel stoves that Yeoman sells.

Yeoman wood burner and multi-fuel stoves

Yeoman has been making traditionally styled stoves for more than 30 years. A lot of its models come in a few variations, particularly with regards to size. Some of its stoves have double door and canopy (or inglenook) options for a quaint, country feel. 

Most of its stoves have a choice of four paint finishes and a range of colours, such as metallic green and brown. It also has a few of what it calls 'modern-traditional' stoves (see examples below), some of which are built-in. 

Yeoman is owned by Stovax, but its stoves are branded separately. This review is for Yeoman stoves only but you can also see how Stovax was rated.

Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: All of Yeoman's stoves can burn both wood on their own or other solid fuels in addition, such as coal, once fitted with its multi-fuel kit.

Because fuels burn differently, if you're planning on only burning wood, we would suggest choosing a dedicated log burner as opposed to a multi-fuel stove that can also burn other fuels. You can find out more on our wood-burning vs multi-fuel stoves

Other types of stove: A number of Yeoman's stoves can be fitted with boiler systems, so that you can heat your whole house with one. You can find out more about heating your home using a stove by visiting our page on biomass heating systems.

It also sells gas and electric stoves – visit our full guide to help you decide which type is best for your home.

Stove wattages: Around 5kW to a large 13kW.

Efficiency, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: Yeoman's stoves are around 78% to 86% efficient. As of 2022, EU regulations will stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves must meet the higher efficiency levels. 

Some stoves are being made to these specifications now and are called Ecodesign Ready. None of Yeoman's stove have this official label.

Most of Yeoman's stoves also use a cleanburn or tertiary system. This essentially means that additional air (sometimes called secondary or tertiary) is introduced to the stove and heated, helping to burn off more of the smoke and gases. This should make these types of stove more efficient.

Quite a few of Yeoman's stoves are Defra-exempt (when fitted with its Smoke Control Kit). If you live in a smoke-controlled area (you can check this on the Defra website) you will need to either only burn smokeless fuel or, if you want to burn wood, buy a Defra-exempt stove.

Find out more about Defra-exempt and Ecodesign Ready stoves, as well as the effects of stoves on pollution and what you can do to minimise them, by visiting our page on stoves and pollution.

Stove features: Features on Yeoman stoves include:

  • built-in log store
  • self-locking handle
  • single or double door options
  • spark guard for the front of the grate
  • double sided - with a window each side
  • airwash system to keep the glass clean
  • external riddling grate for removing ash easily
  • traditional Tudor Rose crosses (which can be removed)
  • firebox lining to helpheat up quickly, retain heat and slowly release it.

You can find out from stove owners what features they really value and are worth spending out on by visiting our page on how to buy a wood-burning stove.

Stove accessories, fuel storage and fuel: There are lots of stove accessories you can buy from Yeoman, such as gloves, fire pokers, cleaning brushes and cleaners, as well as indoor log stores. It doesn't sell fuel.

Where to buy Yeoman stoves: Yeoman has what it calls an Expert Retailer network of independent stove stores that sell its models. You can find details to shops near you on its website.

After sales care and spares: You can buy Yeoman's spare parts on its dedicated website. 

If you buy from a Yeoman Expert Retailer you'll get a two year warranty (one year if you go through any other retailer). This can be extended to five years if you register your stove with Yeoman directly.

Registering any safety appliance with the manufacturer is also useful if there is ever a recall or issue identified with the model. You may need to service the appliance yearly for the warranty to be valid, which is something we would recommend doing anyway. Our page on using a stove has more information.

Before you buy a stove, it's important to remember that a stove isn't something you can install yourself. It needs to meet regulations and be installed safely.

Make sure you visit our page on installing a log burner or multi-fuel stove for everything you need to know.

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