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The new Chilli Penguin Short Eco multifuel stove; a first glance.

Our friends at Chilli Penguin have been busy over-hauling their stove range to prepare for Ecodesign, the new standard in requirements for stoves which comes into effect in 2022.

We have just received our first display model of the new incarnation, a classic black Short Penguin.

Although Ecodesign is little more than a glorified emissions test that will make only incremental efficiency improvements to the Chilli Penguin range, which was already extremely clean-burning, Chilli Penguin are taking the opportunity to upgrade their whole range, and have introduced a few significant changes. Although the handsome profile, clean lines, sturdy construction and complementary components have remained much the same, there are visible changes to the window, door latch and air distribution system (smoke will also be recycled within the stove for more complete combustion, but the mechanics for this are in the architecture of the stove).

Firstly, the door glass: this is now double-glazed, which has the dual effect of raising combustion temperatures in the firebox and minimising condensation on the glass, thus raising efficiency and providing a clearer flame picture.

Secondly, there is a new vertical door latch, which gives a firm feel of closure and will always be in the vertical position – a small, but important, aesthetic consideration.

The latch closes inside its own slot, which is sealed from the combustion chamber, an excellent detail often neglected on stoves with internal closure, and one which will pay particular dividends when the stove is older – Chilli Penguins are built for the long-term!

Lastly, there is an enhanced air delivery system; the only visible clue to this is the slotted tertiary air bar at the back of the firebox, but the new design promises to diffuse the air supply more efficiently; the primary air, the Penguin boost flap on the front, and the excellent air wash (secondary air) all remain standard (secondary and tertiary air is pre-heated and injected into the fire precisely where it is needed for optimal burning conditions).

The stoves remains multi-fuel, though the new Woody will also be available in a wood-burning-only version. The one omission from the line-up is the availability of water-heating boilers, which are simply not compatible with the new Ecodesign requirements. They remain available on those Penguins – the Penguin 8, for example, that have not yet received the Ecodesign treatment, but these too will be phased out in due course.

So far, the Woody, Chubby 5 and Hungry, Fat and High & Mighty Penguins have been re-incarnated with the same changes as the Short Penguin.

We should soon be receiving a new (red!) Penguin Eco to install live in our showroom; we’ll post our experience when it’s up and running (or up-and-waddling, in Penguin-speak).

For dimensions and details, or to download a brochure, check out our Short Penguin page