Review of Charnwood Country 16 b stove

7 years on report

Kaz Kowalski 3 years ago

I posted a few comments on this site when we first bought the Charnwood Country 16b. It is with GREAT sadness that our time has come to part with this "member of the family!" I still remember the first night in March when the evening was a bit cold so we tried it out for real. We were enchanted by the flames, we switched off the TV, stopped whats apping our friends, took out a bottle of chilled chablis, cuddled up and had a wonderful evening, the one of many.

For 7 years "my baby" (as my wife calls it) has been heating our whole house. We have had it on for probably 98% (we did have holiday) of the total time using it EVERY day. For us the stove exceeded all our expectations. Sure there was a time with trial and error working out how best to use is, how best to quickly get it up to speed etc and of course how we used a H2 Panel to link the gas central heating to the 16B. When we first bought the stove we bought some trial packs of different types of wood that cost about £90. Apart from that the costs of the wood was 0, yes zero. After a while, we got to know a few local builders who used to drop the wood at the side of the house, at other times got to know someone involve in building the sets at a local theatre provided lots of soft wood ideal for making kindling.

Over the years we have NEVER had a gas bill of over £8 (yes eight) a QUARTER. it did require work to collect the wood cut it all up and store away ( 5 wood stores made for reclaimed pallets, as well as a bike shed and bbq cover!). So we did use a lot of wood, but hey, the quality of life that we had made us the envy of our friends.

Having just sold the house and saying good bye to our Charmy was almost like giving away my daughter (ok I did say almost! :) ) Sadly moved to Milton Keynes in a smokeless zone... but hoping to buy the new Island I. if can get it at a good price!

Farewell old friend, you have served us well (tear in the eye:( )

Stove expert replied: Heartfelt review, hope the next stove proves to be as much of a friend.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.7)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.5)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.6)