Review of Firebelly FB1 double sided stove
Wait and see
The stove is all as website indicated and the service when a basic but easily rectified fault was found in the control plates was OK although required a bit of pushing to get a speedy solution and to get an engineer to call. I find the controls a bit basic compared with other stoves and not easily fine tuned. I have been unexpectedly advised that firebricks will probably need replacement about every 3 years but this is usual with all fire bricks which I find surprising. Apparently ALL fire bricks are subject to moisture absorption during long (summer) periods of no fires which tends to damage the bricks when a fire is subsequently lit, this can possibly be avoided by lighting a fire at regular intervals during the summer to drive out small amounts of moisture as it occurs. The outer surfaces remain safely cool which is a bonus compared with many other stoves as there is a convection panel round the fire sides. I will wait to see how long lasting the fire bricks are but otherwise generally reasonable.
Stove expert replied: It is best to leave the door ajar so that a good air movement can be maintained during the summer months and should help to prevent a problem with the liners.
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