Review of Charnwood SLX20i inset stove

Charnwood SLX20i

David Clark 10 years ago

We had our SLX20i installed in the summer of 2010 with the optional back boiler linked to a Gledhill tank that also has inputs from our oil boiler, solar panels and also an electric immersion heater.\n\nThe main body of the fire is cast iron, with enamelled steel decorative panels. The boiler is stainless steel (there is a mild steel version but we went for the stainless one for just £20 more as we thought it would last longer) \n\nWe kept the fire burning solidly through the very cold spell in November/December 2010 and it did very well in keeping the house warm with very little input from our oil central heating. Being inset it turns our chimney stack, which is in the centre of our house, into a massive storage heater, warming most of the building much more than our previous open fire.\n\nWe have burnt a mixture of seasoned logs, kiln dried hardwood logs and house coal. It is good on all of these but especially so on Wildfire coal briquettes, which are now our fuel of choice for extreme cold weather. These are very easy to keep in overnight by turning the fire down and closing the airwash a bit.\n\nKeeping the fire in with wood takes a bit more care but opening up the controls in the morning usually gets it going again.\n\nWe are a little disappointed about heat levels to the room, mostly when the water tank is cold and the back boiler is taking much of the heat, but it runs happily with the doors open and soon heats the room.\n\nOverall, we are very pleased with the fire, which has drastically reduced our dependence on heating oil for both house heating and hot water.\n\n

Stove expert replied: It is a good thing to try different fuels on any new stove installation as they do vary greatly. The heart of the home in more ways than one for this customer.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 3.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.5)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.5)
Controllability 3 flames (avg 4)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.5)