Review of Dowling Firebug stove

We like the Dowling Firebug!

Jacob Butler 9 years ago

Had it for 9 years and it has been burning all sorts of rubbish and running fairly hot for a lot of the time. \nZero maintenance!!! Except for broken glass twice - my fault but possibly a design fault as the door opens downwards and things can be dropped on the glass. Compared to previous Morso Squirrel which was very nice but needed new fire bricks or baffles every year.\nNot sufficiently airtight to stay in overnight burning really slowly (like the Squirrel), but you just work around that. NB it is sold as a workshop stove rather than for a living room (I think - maybe check this).\nWe like the peculiar Dowling shapes. Ju Ming, Lyn Chadwick? Have a copy made by Dowling?

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

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