Review of Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock Mk3 stove

Great stove but cracked

Mark Blythe

We have had this stove from new for 7 or 8 years. Good at heating our little cottage in the Outer Hebrides. It has been a welcome little workhouse. We have however had a problem with it cracking. The top plate and side has cracked.

Would be interested to know why this has happened. The only fuel available out on the islands is smokeless coal or peat. We burn smokeless coal. Could it be that the coal is burning too hot? Any thoughts.

Stove expert replied: It does sound as if the stove has become too hot, are the liners still protecting the firebox?

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.6)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 3.4)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 1.9)
Controllability 3 flames (avg 3.9)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 4.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 4.7)
  • Kevin Twelvetrees said 8 years ago:

    Probobley stuck in a tight hole and the heat cant disapate evenly from the suface areas thus causing hot and hotter areas to expand at adifferent rate and it will crack!.