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Review of Firebelly FB1 double sided stove

Dissapointing

John Smith 9 months ago

I searched high and low 12 months ago to find the perfect double sided stove to go in my living room.

I ended up with the FireBelly 1 from reading some of the reviews online and due to my size restrictions the FB fitted the gap really well, a lot of the other stoves were either too large or too small.

Shear disappointment is all that can be said for the FB1.

I, like others have phoned FB to complain over the firebricks cracking after the 5th or 6th use! I was not impressed by the blunt, rude response back, and no solution.

EVERY time I use the stove the glass turns black. I have tried using all different types of wood, including paying a lot of money for some 3+ year seasoned logs.

Stove expert replied: Firebricks are not covered by warranty with any manufacturer, however, it seems a shame that after such little use there was no offer of compromise (perhaps paying for replacements at cost would have helped a little!). Regarding the blackening of the glass, is there enough free air in the room? What is the flue draw measurement? What is the height of the flue? With the air controls open this should mean that the glass would stay clear, the flames should be busy and normally adjustment to regulate the rate of burn would then be made once an established fire has been achieved. Is this the sigle door version or does the stove have a door either side?

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 2.4)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 2.8)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 3)
Ease of lighting 2 flames (avg 2.9)
Firebox size 2 flames (avg 2.8)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 2.8)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.5)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.6)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.6)