Review of Charnwood Island III stove

Beautiful but tricky to light

Helen Hall 4 years ago

This stove replaced an ageing Waterford multi fuel so not a comparison with this stove as we only burn wood on the Charnwood.

Aesthetically the Charnwood is stunning and when lit and running well it looks fantastic. However at times, and it is really difficult to know when these times might be, it is tricky to light and I seem to spend a lot of time cracking the doors open, then closing, then opening as sometimes it goes out. I am sure there is a way to do this better than I am. The installation was top notch and the same company had installed another stove for us a few years back, by another manufacturer also beginning in C. This one is very straightforward but the kw not as great and the draw naturally better as it is joined to the main chimney system whilst the Charnwood is in a single storey extension albeit the flue extends to 1 1/2 metres above the roof apex.

Would I buy again? Yes, I love it, but it does have its moments.

Stove expert replied: The reason for the difficulties sounds like it is because the stove is in a single storey and hence with have a shorter flue, this will mean that the main chimney has a better draw and will affect this stove even if in another part of the property. Lengthening the flue system may help but a flue draw test may confirm this is the issue. The weather conditions may also affect the flue draw. If it continues to be a problem then a flue fan could be added to be used when required as it appears not to be a continuous problem. This is not a fault with the stove but an installation issue.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 3.6)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 2.6)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 3.3)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 3.3)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.1)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 2.5)
Controllability 3 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 2.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 2.5)