Review of Charnwood Island II stove

Great but...

Bridget Whell 7 years ago

Great looking, solidly built, simple to use and burns well. However, internally I have issues! The fire bricks at the back break easily (replace twice a year and genuine ones are expensive as have to replace all (found alternative now) and due to support design the middle part slips down. This means that 1. the fancy reburn holes are less than efficient, 2. thus, once cracked this causes them to disintegrate,3. with a design that uses them to support the baffle this means the baffle falls off its perch frequently and all of these together cause me to become 'frustrated! The baffle has bent a bit with the heat so is often caught when putting logs in and a repeat of previous problem. Such a shame as I love it otherwise!

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

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