Review of Franco Belge Monaco stove

Baffle plate problems

Ian Gurney 4 years ago

Had this Monaco three seasons. Not used very much,but baffle plate keeps falling down into the grate. I am the only person who loads the stove,so I am careful not to disturb the plate by ramming too much wood in..but it still falls. forward when the stove is hot. I find it difficult to damp the stove down too..I use well dried wood and the thing runs too hot even when the dampers are fully closed. Pity..it looks good.

Stove expert replied: If the stove is over-drawing (you have no way of shutting down to a slumber mode) then this may have caused a slight distortion to the baffle plate and hence it not staying in place. A stove should be controllable and the flue may require a damper or stabilizer to address the lack of control currently.

Overall rating:

2.5 flames

Build Quality 1 flames (avg 2.7)
Quality of finish 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Value for money 1 flames (avg 2.8)
Ease of use 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.7)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 2.8)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 2.6)