Review of Charnwood C 5 stove

Nice looking stove, reasonable heat output

Andy P 4 years ago

We bought the almond coloured stove - mainly because of its appearance and colour.

It is easy to use and burns well. The glass stays very clean and I think we have only cleaned it once in a couple of months use.

So far it has performed reasonably well, but is nowhere near as efficient as the Burley Hollywell that we have in another room. The difference is noticeable.

I think Charnwood could improve the efficiency without compromising on looks - the Burley has heat exchange tubes in the top and something like this could be replicated here.

Once the fire is going well, we tend to close the front control. We havent removed the bolt which would almost close the air intake and I think it is best left in. Better a clean burn than a smoulder furring up the flue.

Overall we are happy with the stove - but mainly for the look than output.

Stove expert replied: Modifying a stove should not be undertaken unless agreed with the manufacturer so leaving in the air control restriction is a wise move. Having two stoves in a property may mean that one flue has a better draw than the other and can affect how the stoves operate. This perhaps should be investigated further and you may find that the Charnwood's performance improves with further adjustments to the installation.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.9)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.1)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.1)