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Review of Franco Belge Belfort stove

It’s the best stove to get

Peter Connolly one year ago

I've had this Multifuel Belfort for over 10 years, it's installed in my kitchen.

I have installed it with the flue coming out the rear , into a "T branch" then vertically up to almost ceiling height and into an existing chimney, with an access 45 bend.

It is sat on a standard 600mm paving slab.

I also have a flue temperature gauge (simple magnetic)

This arrangement gives maximum heat output into the room, the ability to cook on, and filled with logs, will stay in all night.

The air control allows very fine adjustment, almost like turning a gas fire up or down !

It's a quality stove,

I believe the negative reviews are due to poor installations.

If this stove is installed in a small fireplace, with the flue out the top, through a register plate, to the chimney, the performance is not very good, the heat is lost, up the chimney and give very poor convected heat to the room.

In my view, it is not the way to install to get a good performance.

I find the output around 2Kw when full on, the flue pipe is adding a lot more surface area to give heat to the room, like an extra radiator!

Stove expert replied: The key to any installation is to make sure that you adhere to the manufacturers guidelines. There needs to be a good clearance around the stove to allow the heat produced to radiate freely. With a register plate the heat loss up the chimney should be minimal. Using a rear flue option does leave the top of the stove for warming things if required.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.8)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.4)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.8)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.9)