Review of Morso 8140 stove
Review of Morso 8140 convector stove
I wanted a stove which would make a real contribution to heating a 1961 semit-detached house with an open plan living/dining/kitchen room - so quite a big space, and the installer recommended this 6.1kw convector stove by Morso. It was installed in the house's original chimney breast and using the existing chimney - it has to be fitted with a 6 inch flue, which was a struggle for them to get down the chimney, and if I had known how difficult it would be for them, I might have chosen a model with a five inch flue. (most images I have seen of the 8140 do not seem to be fitted into a chimney breast, but free standing). Anyway, they got there in the end. The chamber in the chimney breast also needed some building work to enlarge the chamber and raise the height by installing a new lintel, as this stove is 87cm tall, so a lot taller than most stoves installed into chimney breasts. It is very easy to light, using the top-down method with kindling on top, and the best thing is that the whole house seems warm when we are using it, especially if we keep the living room door open and allow the heat to flow up the stairs. Although it is a convector stove, I have put a stove-top heat-propelled fan on it too, to encourage air turbulence and the flow of heat from the stove around the open plan space; as a result we are no longer cold in the dining area!! Once the fire is going properly, I usually only add a couple of logs at a time, as stacking it up generates too much heat especially if you are nearby the fire - I suspect this will make it quite economical to use, although I haven't had it for a whole winter yet, so am not sure how much wood I will ultimately get through each winter. But I am confident that this stove will reduce our gas bill, since when I am using it, the central heating doesn't come on, which is exactly what I was aiming for when I chose this model.
Stove expert replied: Great review