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Review of Merlin Standard stove

disapointing

Mark Johns 3 months ago

I must agree with Mr Jenkins on his review. I too have the Merlin standard and the throat plate (baffle) has again failed for the second time!! Replaced after the second year and gone again quite dramatically in the third year!! It has bowed quite considerably into the firebox and needs to be replaced. Substandard construction materials no doubt! (chinese steel? And imported?) This has resulted from the stove running at a quarter of its heat output so please, no replies on running too hot or turn your stove down!! The main body of the stove apparantly carries a lifetime guarantee and the inside components a 5 year guarantee. The handle is also a dreadfull design, loose and cheap fitting and actually the worst I have ever seen on a stove which is a pity as the main body appears to have such strength and quality. Also the RAM (rapid air movement) does not compare with the performance of stoves with primary and secondary controls for flame picture. Not a recommended purchase unfortunately

Overall rating:

2 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.7)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 3.7)
Value for money 2 flames (avg 3)
Ease of use 2 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 2 flames (avg 3.7)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 3.7)
How well does the airwash work 1 flames (avg 3.3)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 3.7)
Handle operation 1 flames (avg 3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 2.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3)