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Review of Coalbrookdale Severn stove

Burning Wood with Severn

Joan Ribbons 6 years ago

I use this stove as a wood stove. Having recently replaced the very worn gasket I find I cannot generate good hot heat any longer. I close the 2 vents at the bottom of the stove as always, and nearly close off the flu. I would appreciate any advice. I thought to toss in a 3 inch piece of coal and the fire feels hotter when the doors are open, but once I close the doors, no extra heat. I have a small (4 inch) circulating fan 8 inches from the ceiling, 10 feet in front of the stove, and I barely feel any heat there to circulate. Last winter I would have to open the door 20 feet away when the temperature often reach 84 degrees F. I also notice that I am going through the wood pile very quickly this year.

Stove expert replied: If the stove is working hard and not generating heat it may that the flue is over-drawing and sucking the heat out of the stove before it can circultae into the room. The gasket that ylou replaced was this from round the door or the glass? If the control on the stove doesn't alter when you operate the vents then you may want to look at adding a flue damper or stabilzer to the flue system. Seek expert advice.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 4.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of use 2.5 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Firebox size 3.5 flames (avg 3.8)
How well does the airwash work 2.5 flames (avg 2.9)
Controllability 0.5 flames (avg 3.6)
Handle operation 0.5 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3.5 flames (avg 3.6)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames (avg 4)