Review of Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock Mk3 stove

Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock Mk2

Terence 11 years ago

I inherited this stove in a mobile home that I bought and lived in for about five years. The stove looked nearly new when I bought the mobile home. It is fitted with a back boiler which was connected to a standard domestic hot water tank via an unsealed system so the hot water in the tank passed through the boiler and the whole system worked using the thermo siphon system and worked very well. Only problem I had was that I did not use much hot water and if the fire was lit during the day the water in the back boiler and tank would boil by late evening which made quite a noise. The airwash system, such that it was, was not very effective so I made a new plate/deflector to fit the door and this helped. When the mobile home was disposed of I kept my Little Wenlock and am just about to install it into my house. One of the beauties of this stove is that all the fastenings are stainless and after 15 years of use and being stored they all undid with ease allowing me to dismantle sand blast and repaint the whole thing. It now looks like new. I would highly recommend this stove, and would certainly buy another if I needed one, though with its build quality it will probably outlast me anyway.\n\n

Stove expert replied: I hope that when you install it again that you incorporate some safety features such as a high temp header tank and heat leak radiator. This stove is not suitable for pressurised systems.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 3.4)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 1.9)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.9)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.7)