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Review of Charnwood Country 4 stove

Infinitely controllable and very responsive

Heather Lee 3 years ago

We bought this little stove for our study along with a Jotul F100 for the sitting room Inglenook. It's been interesting to compare them.

What we love about this wee beauty is that it lights very easily, it quickly gets up to a good temperature; the primary and secondary air controls are astonishingly responsive in controlling the burn. It fills the room with warmth that lingers long after the fire has died down but that could be because we have a stone walled cottage.

We were relieved that the warping problem with the backplate had been resolved before we purchased this stove. Putting a kink in the steel sheet seems to have stopped it from bending. No issues at all with that.

Initially we found it difficult to fully close the door and assumed it was because of metal expansion. This caused too rapid a burn but since loosening the catch for the handle on the main body it has closed brilliantly every time not matter how hot it gets.

The glass stays very clean so the air wash is working well and thus far very little ash is produced indicating an efficient burn.

The firebox is large and will take chunky logs.

Overall we prefer this stove to our Jotul cast-iron stove for getting a fire going quickly and for controllability but then the Jotul was selected for long-haul burning and for that it is superlative.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.1)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.2)