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Review of Charnwood Island II stove

Charnwood island 2

Mitchell Wright 2 years ago

We have always had clear view stoves, our last being the vision 500 which was faultless and threw out loads of heat, although we had quite a small house with this stove. We have since moved to a large 17th century thatched farmhouse, our living room is now twice the size. We wanted a clear view 650, but started to wane on this slightly when looking into reviews, clear view are very crafty with there kw output info, they state the 650 throws out 12kw, but this is the max it will put out, its actual range is from 2.5kw to 12kw which is a big difference, and you shouldn't have these on full blast all the time. When we got our quote for installation I nearly fell over, the thatch was used as a huge excuse to charge £5400 for the 650 and install, twin wall is not that expensive, so we decided to go for the Island 2 as it seemed a near kw competitor to the 650 having a range from 5kw to 11kw with an average out put of 8kw. Average outputs are something clear view won't tell you, this showroom was not a clear view stockist. Now I'm used to it,( its very easy to compare every stove against a clear view ), I'm really pleased with it, yes there is a massive design fault with the ash that falls out every time you open door, but its heat output is really good, and with the correct logs will burn nearly overnight. Clear view are very good but everyone else has now caught up, there just living on there original reputation. I have no doubt the Island 2 has a way better average kw out put than the 650.

Stove expert replied: Outputs can be specified by manufacturers in minimum, maximum and or nominal kW's (this is the average), so it depends on what they specify and it can be somewhat confusing. Of-course the output will also depend on the quality of the fuel being used and how hard you are operating the stove, so there are variants that will also apply.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 4 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 5 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.1)