Review of Firebelly FB1 stove


Desmonut 7 years ago

May 2010 - I bought this direct from the Holmfirth showroom after quite a bit of research on types of stove, price and finish etc.. The reports here convinced me to get one. My wife did not want a black Victorian looking thing and the contemporary look and colour was the deciding factor as well as a good price. The girls in the showroom were great to deal with and delivery was on time. We have central heating as well but the FB1 throws out so much heat in its free standing corner position that the radiators are basically redundant. The lounge is big (22' x 14')with a vaulted ceiling and even on the coldest day the fire is adequate. The fire burns clean and efficiently after easy lighting and even if the glass gets smoky when starting if closed down too much, once the heat gets back up and the top vent is open (bottom closed) the glass magically clears - it really is beautiful to watch. The fire will resurrect sometimes next morning with a bit of paper and kindling but I didn't buy for that reason anyway so it's not a problem either way. It sits on the log box nicely which in turn sits on a tear drop corner glass hearth which looks good. \nMy wife thought a wood burner would be a dirty smelly thing - it isn't. As long as I get the logs in from outside light and clean it from time to time she is delighted. \n\nRecommended\n\n

Stove expert replied: Great review of a happy customer and one that had reservations also now delighted. Good heat being generated and airwash doing its job effectively.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 3.9)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.1)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.5)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.9)