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Review of Hwam Vivaldi stove

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Edster 12 years ago

Beautiful stove period, totally mesmirizing when lit. A pricey option, but worth every penny. Outstanding build quality; for example even closing the door inspires great pleasure. Have hammered it for 2 winters now and it still looks/feels as good as new. The massive window needs cleaning once a fortnight, but this is no chore as you know it will sharpen the view. Works exceptionally well provided you feed it dry wood. Loading wet fuel is akin to using poundsaver oil in an Aston. The heat! At max chat it inspires nudity. You have to calm this baby right down. And she is uber-controllable. At low flow she still flames as impressively as an olympic torch, radiates adequate heat, yet only nibbles at loggage. We're talking a four or five logger per evening, if you control her right. Think performance of an iron man on the diet of a supermodel. From spark to full temperature can be achieved in less than half an hour. Not tried it overnight, not convinced you could get enough in to succeed. Why would you though? So easy to light. Smaller logs work best. Very well designed for cleaning and emptying. Highly recommended, I have the honour to be Hwam's obedient servant!

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.4)