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Review of Charnwood Cove 1 stove

Love it

Yvonne 9 years ago

Lights easily (with newspaper page, firelighters and kindling - damper pulled right out), glass stays very clear whilst burning wood fiercely, once you turn it almost down with wood or peat the bottom will blacken a little, but the top stays nice and clear to view the flames. The glass does blacken if the fire is damped down overnight/when you're going out but is very easily cleaned with a damp rag dipped in ash.

The fire doesn't burn overnight with wood or peat, but on a wood or peat bed of ash chuck in 15 ovoids (remember to change riddle to coal setting)at bedtime and the fire will be so hot in the morning you can only hold your hand on it for a few seconds - chuck in another 5 ovoids and it will stay hot to the touch all day for you coming in at night.

After lighting and after feeding (every 15 minutes maybe) for around an hour or so and establishing a good ash bed, it belts out so much heat, we need to turn it down to a couple of milimeters before the last ridge line, then only feed it one chunk of wood or one chunk of peat every 40 minutes or so (in a 4m x 5m normal height ceiling room - with the door open!) After a few hours it seems to heat the whole house.

I love the look of it, we chose the log stand version (it came extremely well packaged on a small wooden pallet - very very heavy). It has brought so much life into the room and is the heart of the house.

Stove expert replied: Always do short periods of fast burn (15mins) at least twice a day to burn off residues that are produced during slow burning periods.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 3.5)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.4)