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Review of Charnwood C 5 stove

Good stove but smoke escapes on lighting

3 years ago

Once lit, the stove operates beautifully.

We have a problem with lighting, especially when it is properly cold outside. During lighting, the door has to be ajar. The problem is that until there is significant heat in the firebox, the smoke escapes from door opening instead of up the flue. Others have not reported this issue so maybe we suffer from excessive downdraft but there is no problem once the firebox is hot.

Stove expert replied: Cold, still conditions can and often will affect the draw on a cold flue system. Leaving the door ajar is often all that is required until the heat builds up a little. Check that there is enough free air in the room for the size of stove (is there an air vent in the room?), The height of the flue and type of cowl should also be checked. Sometimes putting a lit candle in the box before you try to light the stove provides enough heat to prevent this from happening.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of use 3 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 1 flames (avg 4.1)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.9)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 4.1)