Charnwood Island III stove

Overall Rating:

3 flames

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Charnwood Island III stove

The Charnwood Island III is the largest in the Island range having an output of 12 kw. Logs of 550mm in length will fit through the doors. The grate converts for either wood or multifuel use.

Technical Data
  • Height: 713mm
  • Width: 732mm
  • Depth: 400mm
  • Flue Diameter: 175mm
  • Fuel: multifuel
  • Efficiency: 76.4%

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 4 flames
Quality of finish 3.5 flames
Value for money 2.5 flames
Ease of use 3.5 flames
Ease of lighting 3.5 flames
Firebox size 4 flames
How well does the airwash work 2.5 flames
Controllability 3.5 flames
Handle operation 3.5 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 2.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 2.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Beautiful but tricky to light

    Helen Hall 2 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... []

    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

Most Popular Review

More reviews for Charnwood Island III stove (page 1 of 2)

  • disappointed

    Charlotte Bennett 3 years ago

    I got our Island 3 secondhand in perfect only 5 burns condition. We have moved it to its 3rd position in our house, following renovation work and changing our rooms around. This stove is so... []

    Stove expert replied: Has the stove never given out the expected heat and is it the right kW for the space you are trying to heat? The installation will be key, especially as you have another working flue in the property which may be preventing this flue from working effectively. If the other flue has a stronger draw then this can prevent this flue from lifting the gases away and will give a sluggish stove and poor performance. The fuel will also be important and wood needs to be dry and well seasoned with a moisture content of less than 20%.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • Water jacket

    4 years ago

    I have bought this one year old wood burner from an online company second hand. It is excellent condition and perfect for what I want however it has a water jacket and I don't really have the... []

    Stove expert replied: A boiler stove must not be used as a dry stove and it is not recommended to be used in this way. There is potential for problems when it is not connected to a water system and should only be used when installed for the purpose that it was manufactured for..

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • OK stove for a premium price

    Dave Woods 5 years ago

    I wish Charnwood would spend as much effort on sweating the little details of the Charnwood Island III as they spend on their high-gloss advertising. A couple of extra cm in the length of the... []

    Stove expert replied: If the stove is working hard all the time with little control do get the flue draw tested to ensure that it is not in excess of the recommended strength in the manual, this can have an adverse affect on the stove and the components used therein.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • reasonably happy but ovepriced!

    Peter Quinn 7 years ago

    Bought this stove in an Irish outlet. Seems to work reasonably...but...ordered it in almond assuming it would arrive in Ireland with a factory painted stove...especially for 2,700 euro!!!,... []

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • very disappointed - cold, dirty glass, hard to keep lit

    Carolyn Brown 7 years ago

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • Disappointed.....

    Steve Jemmett-Page 7 years ago

    Firstly. It doesn't give out nearly enough heat. Nothing like the previous Jotul and way less than the claimed 12kw. My timber is well dried ( usually around 15% moisture and 3 years stacking... []

    Stove expert replied: It does sound as if you may have a poor draw on the flue system as you should not get ash blowing back into the room when you open the door. Have you adequate air in the room for the size of stove? Is the chimney lined? The installation should be checked to insure that it matches the requirements of the manufacturer.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • island 3

    D George 9 years ago

    I've had an Island 3 for few years now and am happy with it. The 3 means you can put very large lumps of wood on which saves time and energy having to cut every thing down to size. Yes the glass... []

    Stove expert replied: Do not use anything but glass cleaner, woodash or a cloth dipped in vinegar otherwise a chemical reaction may occur with the casting of the door. Burn only dry seasoned timber of not more than 100mm diam and you should have clean glass all day long. Always give a woodburner short periods of fast burn at least twice in every 24 hours to clean off an residues that are produced in the slow burning periods.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • Getting rid of brown windows

    Sarah Falkland 9 years ago

    I have the cream coloured Charnwood Island stove. Yes the windows go all brown from the fire. However, a friend of mine has a sparkly clean window. His secret? A quick wipe down with Mr Muscle... []

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Charnwood III

    K Maciver 10 years ago

    Pretty good heat but the logs must be very dry. Wet sticks are hopeless unlike a good old open fire.Airwash is very disappointing, must be a sales con because it doesn't seem to work - lots... []

    Stove expert replied: Damp / wet fuel should not be used on any closed appliance as it will prevent it from working effectively, tar up the firebox and turn the glass black. Only use wood that is less than 20% moisture content, perhaps a moisture meter would be a good purchase! To clean glass use a cloth dipped in wood ash or vinegar to remove deposits. Give stove short periods of fast burn to minimize deposits forming on the glass, say 15-20 mins each use once you have an established fire.

    Overall rating:

    3 flames

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