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Review of Charnwood c4 stove

Worrying failure

Ruth Cutts 10 months ago

We inherited this three year old woodburner when we moved house. Our previous woodburner (not a Charnwood) at our home in Devon was still going strong with no issues after 16 years. Last night this stove suffered a major failure where the back plate fell forward as the retaining nut and bolt fractured. The throat plate fell behind the back plate. On taking it all apart today when it all cooled down, it is clear that the back plate is very warped and cannot be reseated correctly. Never seen a warp like this on a woodburner. Very dangerous failure. Will be contacting the manufacturer when they reopen on Monday morning. Having read about the same issues from other reviews, we are now looking for a safe replacement woodburner.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Quality of finish 2 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 4)
Ease of use 3 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Firebox size 2 flames (avg 3.7)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 3 flames (avg 4.3)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 2 flames (avg 3.9)