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Review of Firebelly FB stove

Great little stove

Joe Lawton 5 years ago

We bought this stove in 2010 and it has been a great addition to our living room.

We bought direct and received fantastic service.

The first couple of lightings were a little smoky as the rope bedded in but since then there have been no problems with smoke in the room. It burns nearly anything (soft/hard wood, pallets etc) and is easy to light once you get the knack.

Heat output is great, when it gets going we generally run it at half vent and it heats the entire downstairs of our open plan terrace house (that has no wall insulation) to the point where we open the doors to upstairs and warm that a bit too.

The build quality is fantastic, the magic cool touch handle is great. We are still on our original rope (it is regularly serviced but if not broke don't fix) but as mentioned in other reviews you have to be a bit careful with the finish as it does mark easily (Hoover nozzle etc), this can be easily touched up though, in fact it is included in our annual service.

I've tried to think of bad points but honestly can't (maybe a cool touch vent control handle built in would be good?).

My wife and I love this stove and will be going back to buy a new one for our new house this year.

Stove expert replied: The rope should be changed when it is not sealing the door adequately, try shutting a piece of A4 paper between the door and the stove body, if you can pull the paper out check adjustment on the door and replace the rope. An alternative test is press the rope and there should be some spring in it, if hard it should be changed.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.6)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.8)