Hearthstone Bristol Gas Stove Review – The Hearthstone Bristol is relatively new in the lineup of Hearthstone gas stoves. It has a unique three sided glass viewing area, and a pretty nice cast iron design. I believe that Hearthstone brought it out to compete with Avalon’s Tree of Life. I have burned this stove in my store and am very familiar with the operation. It has a pretty neat ceramic burner design rather than the standard pan burner on most similar models.
Hearthstone Bristol Stats:
- Rated to heat up to 1800 Sq. Ft.
- BTU Range 16,000 – 36,000
- ProFlame Ignition System
- Split Burner Standard
- 75 CFM Fan Standard
- More Specs Here
Hearthstone Bristol “The Bad” –
- Overall I don’t think there is a lot bad to say about this unit, other than the price. It is a little expensive in my opinion for what it is. But it is definitely at the higher end of the gas stove market, and you will get what you pay for.
- It does not rear vent which can be a disadvantage in some installations, but most of the time this is not a big deal.
- The three sided glass does substantially increase the clearances needed from walls in a corner installation. This is because there will be a lot of heat coming out the side pieces of glass. Can also be a disadvantage sometimes but most of the time is not a big deal.
Hearthstone Bristol “The Good” –
- SIT Proflame Control is a huge plus. This is the latest control system to hit the industry and is fast becoming the standard in all of the medium to high end gas appliances. It gives you remote control over 5 flame heights, 5 blower speeds, rear burner on/off, and an auxiliary 110v plug in. This is all done with a really simple to use and understand remote control. It also has a “Smart Stat” feature which would absolutely be a requirement for me if I was buying a new gas stove. This exact same control system is used in a bunch of different manufacturer’s in the industry. So even if you don’t like the Bristol find a unit that has these controls. See my SIT ProFlame article for more info.
- Intermittent Pilot Ignition (IPI), is standard with the ProFlame controls. See my article on IPI vs. Continuous Pilot for more information. This will save you a lot of frustration of getting down and repeatedly clicking that ignitor to light your pilot light. All done automatically.
- The turn down rate is very good. With the split level burner you can turn the unit down from 36k BTU to 16k approximately a 55% turn down, not a huge difference but better than the industry average which is 40% or so. See my article on turn down rates for more info.
Overall I think the Bristol is a beautiful stove, and has a lot of great features for the money. In my experience in the cast iron decorative style market, the looks are the most important. So if you like the look and style then go for it, it is one of the best quality, and feature rich stoves in it’s class.
Hearthstone Bristol Retail Pricing:
- Black Matte – $3199
- Brown Enamel – $3499
Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.
f you own or have owned a Hearthstone Bristol Gas Stove then I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have for our other readers!! Even if it is an older model, let us know what you thought of it.
The Stove Guy