Review of Huntington 30 Stovax stove

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Paul 12 years ago

This is my second stove, the first being a hase.

The Stovax is solidly built and looks handsome in our inglenook. It does a first class job of heating our living room and heiping to heat the adjoining dining room.

On arrival the top plate was cracked. Whether this was the delivery guys or not is unclear - my bet is it was them rather than a manufacturing fault.

There is one air control which is a small lever at the top front. It gets very hot and because of friction either does not move or moves too far.

I am still surprised how long the door has to be left ajar to really set the fire going enough that it does not soot up when the door closes.

When it is in the fire looks great - there's a big glass area for a good view of the flames.

The firebox is good size and compensates for my laziness over trimming down logs.

The Stovax is cast iron so it takes a little while to heat up - longer then steel. In my view this is more than compensated for by the fact that it stays very hot at the end of the evening when the fire has been allowed to die down.

We went for the flat top, which has earned its keep when our electric has gone out - because we cook on it then.

Overall, the Stovax does well the two things we want from it - giving good heat and looking great. If there was one thing I would want to change its the air controls, but that's more a niggle than a real complaint. Am considering buying another for a different house.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 3.1)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 2.7)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 2.1)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 2.6)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 2.9)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.1)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.3)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 2.9)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 2)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 2.3)