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Review of Charnwood C 5 stove

Good Stove

Tim Cooper 8 months ago

Had this stove just over a year now. It replaced a two door stove which was lighter and much cheaper.

During the winter months we use our wood burner every night as our main source of heating.

My partner likes a clean glass, so with our old stove had to clean the glass almost daily.

The downside to this was that as the sealing rope is right up to the glass, she would often knock it meaning I had to replace the rope at least once a year as the seal wouldn''t be a tight fit.

With this stove it only has the one door, hence less rope and more importantly the rope is someway away from the glass so she doesn''t knock it when cleaning also in general the glass doesn''t get as dirty as our previous burner so less cleaning of it needed.

It takes a bit of used to in lighting. You have to have the door ajar for a while, also when you sometimes put more logs on. However, once you suss this out it''s no problem.

Takes a while to get hot, but when it does it stays hot for longer, especially in comparison to our last wood burner. We removed the bolt at the back of the burner (we don''t live in a controlled smoke area) after contacting a helpful person at Charnwoo'd''s technical department who explained about doing it. This means if we close it fully down at night, it''s still warm in the morning and if we wanted we could just add some wood and relight it.

We do use two fans on top which helps to spread the heat.

Well worth the money, not the cheapest on the market, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Reading some of the other reviews I would suggest that people are maybe using damp wood and maybe not having it fitted properly.

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 4 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)