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Charnwood Island I stove, page 2 of reviews

Overall Rating:

4.5 flames

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Charnwood Island I stove

The Charnwood Island I is a small 2-6kw stove, it has two doors and sits on 4 legs. The grate can be converted for multifuel use using the lever on the side of the stove. The stove has an air control button on the front of the stove under the doors which controls the fire.

Technical Data
  • Height: 578mm
  • Width: 535mm
  • Depth: 312mm
  • Flue Diameter: 150mm
  • Fuel: multifuel
  • Efficiency: 77.9%

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 4.5 flames
Quality of finish 4.5 flames
Value for money 4 flames
Ease of use 4.5 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 4 flames
How well does the airwash work 4.5 flames
Controllability 4.5 flames
Handle operation 4.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 4.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 4.5 flames

Page 2/2 of reviews for Charnwood Island I stove

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    Kay Wilshaw 6 years ago

    This stove looks a beauty quite large internally for burner. Lights with great ease warmth quickly. Smells after firing for first few time that's nonormal and heat builds up fast after the... []

    Stove expert replied: The smell of the paint curing will wearing off after a few firings. The noise requires further investigation, perhaps the baffle plate is not quite in the right place. The stove shoudl be controllable and should not be running at a fast rate all the time, so if using the air controls does nothing to slow the rate of burn down I would suggest looking at getting a damper so that more control can be achieved.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Easy to use

    David Laws 7 years ago

    We have used the Island 1 for three years and have three other wood burners. This is by far the easiest to use. The controls are simple and it is very easy to light. The construction is robust... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Great stove - still learning how to use, but like it more by the day.

    Daniel 7 years ago

    I recently bought this stove for my house in London. I took some getting used to lighting it - and realised that I have to use a good amount of kindling wood. Now that I have plenty of that, it lights very very easily. My only struggle has been with the Quattroflow. The instructions online are pretty much non existent and I don't seem to be able to put it in four positions. I think I can only put it the first two open positions - primary and secondary. I would love someone of this forum to confirm / negate that if possible? Many thanks, Dan. ... []

    Stove expert replied: The fire is controlled by the single air control knob. Pull the knob out to make the fire burn faster, push it in to make the fire burn slower this seems straight forward. The Quattroflow is operated within this control.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Lack of Control

    Barry Scannell 7 years ago

    This stove was the second stove that we installed in our house. The Island 1 was recommended by the store owner to us. We should not have taken his advise as I was, and still am very happy with... []

    Stove expert replied: You may have an over-drawing flue on this stove which means that it is pulling the heat up the flue rather than allowing it to radiate into the room. It may be worth getting a flue draw test taken and if it is high have a stabilizer fitted. This would allow the stove to be more controlleable and the flue draw would be taken from the room rather than being pulled through the stove.

    Overall rating:

    3 flames

  • Hot stuff

    Nick 8 years ago

    We have had the Charnwood Island I for 2 1/2 years now and thoroughly pleased with it. Easy to light with paper and softwood, I have tried fire lighters but have moved back to paper and softwood... []

    Stove expert replied: Good feedback for this stove. Heat for 24hrs a day which is saving on alternative heating bills.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Charnwood Island 1 - a great little stove

    Ben Sampson 8 years ago

    I have used several stoves of various makes over the years and have been using the Island 1 daily since October, burning local seasoned hardwood.Ease of use is second to none and the stove is... []

    Stove expert replied: Nice feedback. Do not have stoves shut down for long periods without giving them a short period (10-20mins) fast burn periodically to remove tar / soot deposits that build up when slumbering.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Charnwood Island 1

    David Laws 8 years ago

    We have several stoves but this is our main one and is used on a daily basis in the winter. We burn well seasoned wood that has less than 20% moisture. Usually hardwood with occasional bits... []

    Stove expert replied: Perhaps get the flue draught checked, it too high can expose internal components (like the baffle plate) to a higher than normal working temperature which can make them fail prematurely.

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • Charnwood Island 1

    Ian Allan 8 years ago

    Being a NACS Chimney Sweep and HETAS installer here in Scotland we work with different stoves on a daily basis. The Charnwood Island 1 has always impressed me with its build quality, durability... []

    Stove expert replied: I second that - always burn wood with less than 20% moisture. More than that and you not only tar up your glass, you also tar up your chimney or liner which is a recipe for a chimney fire.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

  • Great Stove!

    Phil Mayes 9 years ago

    I have had this stove almost 12 months and rate it extremely highly. Lighting and using are VERY easy. One point to stress is that you must use quality, kiln dried wood (Certainly Wood, or... []

    Stove expert replied: Good all round review, always used good quality wood for best results.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

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