Review of Broseley Winchester Multifuel Stove

Broseley Winchester

Bernard Pack 8 years ago

We have had this Broseley stove for a year now. In that time it has burnt through two cast iron grates. The manufacturer claimed, without any investigation, that it was because we were over firing it. Given that we had two, count them two, thermostats, neither of which had ever exceeded the recommended temperature, we doubt this. Additionally they claimed that the grate was a 'consumable' not covered by the warranty. We had been burning anthracite so we switched to a lower temperature fuel. This made no difference as the second grate went as swiftly as the first. We are faced with either binning the stove or shelling out for (at least) two grates a year. On top of this the replacement grate did not fit properly and had to be machined to fit. We (very belatedly) asked the advice of our local solid fuel stove supplier and he said that you get what you pay for, that he personally would never stock Broseley.

Stove expert replied: Are you over riddling the stove? Do try to leave a bed of ash to protect the grate and once you have riddled remove the hot ash, do not let it build up in the ashpan. Anthracite is one of the hottest fuels and can cause a shortening life span of internal components. Internal components are classed as consumable so are not covered under warranty.

Overall rating:

2 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 1 flames (avg 4)
Ease of use 3 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Firebox size 2 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 2 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 1 flames (avg 3.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3.8)