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Review of Fireline FP5 stove

Fireline FP5

Bob Smith 6 months ago

We bought this stove for our kitchen diner as we had a marvellous experience with our Woodwarm stove in our Living Room. We didn''t want to spend a huge amount of money and this stove was recommended by the installer.

Unfortunately this stove comes nowhere near the quality of the Woodwarm stove and I now wish we had spent a few more pounds - the biggest problem with it is that as soon as we open the stove to refuel it we get a puff of smoke out of the door due to the low baffle plate (we have plenty of draw from the chimney). We have tried numerous things with the airflow controls but the supplier/installer says nothing can be done and its just an issue with the stove that we''ll have to live with!

Also - despite using a stove thermometer (so we know what the optimum burn is) the glass does go brown despite running at the correct temperatures. The only thing that cleans it off (I tried everything else) is ceramic hob cleaner. This needs doing each time we use it.

Its a real shame as it seems like a decent stove apart from these two flaws - unfortunately it would stop me from buying the stove again and from recommending it to anyone else. If you want a good stove please pay a bit extra and buy something else like a Woodwarm.

Stove expert replied: Glass cleaning - a damp cloth dipped in vinegar or woodash should help to remove discoloration and is cheaper than a branded hob cleaner. A non stick scourer with cream cleaner also does the same and doesn't scratch the glass surface.

Overall rating:

2.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.8)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 3.9)
Value for money 2 flames (avg 3.3)
Ease of use 3 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 4.2)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 2 flames (avg 3.6)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.6)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 3.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3.6)