Review of Charnwood Country 16 b stove

utterly disappointed

S Naish 4 years ago

I had looked at bolier stoves and liked the Broseley evolution 26 (a powerful beast, stylish, with direct air supply, and eligible for mcs vat discount) and suggested this to the hetas engineer who was going to install everything - woodburner, central heating and thermal store water tank - for my 3 bed house.

He said that the Broseley model had problems with heating the room too much. He told me I was getting this charwood 16b wood to power the system he designed, and that it was also eligible for that mcs vat discount. I trusted his professional opinion and ten grand later, I wish I hadn't.

ah, heat to the room, now that would be nice! Heat full stop would be nice.

I am thoroughly disappointed in this model.

The room heats ok if I really work at the fire and use a mix of soft and hard wood. But I have NEVER taken my jumper off as it never gets that warm. And on cold windy days (aka winter!) the heat is pretty much cancelled out by the cold from the airvent for the first two hours, as with this model I had to have a vent instead of a direct air supply. This vent - aka hole in the wall - faces the prevailing wind and a main road and it was not explained to me prior to installation, although it has a buffer in it I get terrible cold draft - I have sat on my sofa directly in front of the roaring fire in the stove with a freezing cold nose!

When I put the heating on (manually as I don't trust this model to replenish the hot water in the tank if I put it on timer) the radiators heat up but the water doesn't maintain the temperature. I have had a bath once since I got it, and then I had to turn the heating off in order to make sure water replenished. If I get the water tank really hot before I go to bed and the heating comes on in the morning even for 20 mins there is insufficent for a two showers. I know that is maybe the thermal store to some extent, but this stove doesn't provide enough heat. I wanted a system that would provide heating and hot water for my 3 bed house. And this is not it.

O and it is really really ugly.

It has only recently been installed and I am gutted that I will have to replace it with what I wanted originally (as soon as I can afford to) as that Broseley is a much better choice for power, style and the direct air supply.

Overall rating:

2 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.8)
Quality of finish 1 flames (avg 4)
Value for money 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Ease of use 1 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 1 flames (avg 3.5)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 1 flames (avg 3.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 3.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3.6)