Review of Invicta Mandor stove

Sizeable, but a bit flimsy and lacks control.

A Poore 6 years ago

Puts out a fair amount of heat and can be loaded up with long logs. Unfortunately the air vents underneath are pretty tiny and even when open full bore the fire doesn’t roar away as much as other big woodburners do. When closing the vents down the fire doesn’t settle down too well. It sucks quite a lot through the door. The fire rope seal is really thin and the clasps holding the glass are small and flimsy. So big wisps of deposits build up on the glass where it leaks through.

The cast iron is thin and the stove doesn't feel very solid as a result.

For the size it’s still good value, but it’s a shame they cut corners.

Stove expert replied: If the stove is sucking in air round the seals I would have expected the stove to be roaring away but you say this is not happening. Further investigation on the installation as a whole is recommended.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.5)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 3.5)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 3 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 5)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 3.5)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 3.5)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 3.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 4.5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 4)