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Review of Churchill 5 stove

Churchill 5: Woodburner or multifuel

Lynne Koker 7 years ago

In general this appears to be a well built and attractive stove. However we bought this as a multifuel stove, intending to used mainly solid fuel, of which we already had a large supply from a previous stove. There is no riddle mechanism. The grate has very narrow slits allowing only fine ash to fall through. The manual recommends "De -ash your stove with use of poker." This takes ages, dust flies around and you are left with lumps of partially burnt fuel too large to fall through the grate. If these are not removed the subsequent fire is slow and inefficient. Wood burning is much more efficient and ergonomic. Do not buy this stove for solid fuel use.

Stove expert replied: Try alternative smokeless fuels as they do vary in different stoves.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of use 2 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.5)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 4.5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 4.5)