Review of Charnwood Island II stove

The fly in the ointment

Ade Haines 8 years ago

We've been running this stove for almost a year now and this frustrating niggle doesn't seem to go away. The stove works OK, heats the room with great efficiency, glass is OK if you burn the right material at the correct temperature... BUT every time you open the door it drops ash on the floor! The way the grate is configured means even with a small amount of ash in the grate it deposits some on the floor in front of it. I think this is a design failure would honestly expect more for the price. It's not exactly a bargain-basement priced product, well built etc, etc, but I would warn prospective purchasers that unless they are happy to sit a dustpan and brush next to the stove to be used almost every time you open the doors then maybe have a look at something else less irritating.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 3.6)
Ease of use 4.5 flames (avg 4.6)
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames (avg 4.7)
Firebox size 3.5 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 3.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 2 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 4.1)