Firebelly FB1 double sided stove

Overall Rating:

3 flames

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Firebelly FB1 double sided stove

Firebelly stoves are UK produced contemporary models and the double sided models are available with door opening on 1 or both sides.

They can be placed on a log box to raise them up a bit higher.

They are available in quite a few different colours.

Can have multi fuel kit added.

Technical Data
  • Height: 601mm
  • Width: 522mm
  • Depth: 423mm
  • Flue Diameter: 125mm
  • Nominal Heat Output: 6kW

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 2.5 flames
Quality of finish 3 flames
Value for money 3.5 flames
Ease of use 3 flames
Ease of lighting 3 flames
Firebox size 3 flames
How well does the airwash work 3 flames
Controllability 3.5 flames
Handle operation 3 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 3.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Extremely disappointing product & service

    Marion Robertson 5 years ago

    We bought a double sided FB1 6kW stove for space heating our dining & living rooms in 2012. We thought the design was contemporary & we liked the single large fire windows. I wish we hadn't
    been so easily persuaded by its looks. Both manufacturer & our installer made mistakes with delivery of the wrong model, replacement of the item with one with a faulty door & one that arrived smashed & dented from having been dropped from what must have been a considerable height. I contacted Firebelly but never received any reply. I assume they regarded the issues raised as the responsibility of our installer who was, if anything, even more unhelpful. The stove has never performed satisfactorily; heat output is much lower than our previous Scan wood stove, has too much air in the chamber hence burns too fast & the vents allow too much air in even when almost completely closed. We are now replacing the stove. Its purchase, installation & in-use performance have been a most unpleasant & disappointing experience. The only reason we didn't take up its unsatisfactory performance was because the installer was so shockingly rude & unhelpful.We would go further than simply not recommending this brand. We would warn anybody considering buying a Firebelly not to do so. They wouldn't help & the installer wouldn't fight our corner.

    Stove expert replied: What a shame that you have had a bad experience with this stove. It is unfortunate that you were delivered the incorrect stove followed by damaged products which didn't get you off to a good start with this brand. You do not make it clear who purchased the stove, if it was the installer then he should be the person to sort out the problems caused by the delivery of a damaged products and any warranty issues that make require attention. Your contract is with whoever you have paid your money to and not direct with the manufacturer under normal circumstances. The installer is also responsible to check that the flue draw is with in the tolerances recommended by the manufacturer, if these checks were not undertaken again you can't blame the manufacturer or the stove. It appears that you have been let down by the installer from your comments which is a great pity, as these stoves do perform well when installed correctly using the seasoned wood recommended.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

Most Popular Review

  • poor quality fire brick

    John Lochrie 11 years ago

    Purchased and installed fb1 in Novemeber, advised fitter vermiculite fire bricks cracked after two weeks was asuming this would be sorted under warranty. I was advised that Firebelly will not
    send bricks out as there is no warranty cover on these items. Basically tough luck, if they proved poor quality bricks. All bicks in the sides and roof have now cracked and in roof case have landed in fire. The point of purchasing a firebelly was the qaulity and the cost savings in the long run this is not the case if you are having to replace vermiculite liners every month at £90.00 pounds. I have spoken to the owners wife of firebelly who advised me that it must be moisture or poor quality wood I am burning (If you note I mentioned the cracks appeared after two weeks of installation). I think firebelly is a great looking product but please think carefully if you are buying as the on going costs work out very expensive. Firebelly were not interested in my problem and advised me that they would not be bullied into sending out new vermuculite liners and please note I never asked for that I was only advising them of my issue and have left their agent to deal with this whilst I have no fire.

    Stove expert replied: Liners are not covered by a warranty in any stove, if they crack they can be used providing they are staying in place and protecting the metal of the stove. Fire cement can be used to patch the two parts together if required.

    Overall rating:

    1 flames

More reviews for Firebelly FB1 double sided stove

  • Dissapointing

    John Smith 5 years 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

  • Wait and see

    MARTIN AYMES 10 years ago

    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.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames