Review of Morso Owl stove
Good, but not as good as a Clearview
We bought this stove because we live in a Smoke Control Area and itwas the smallest one that was approved. It has performed well but as other review suggests, it needs to have the wash on high in order to keep the glass clear. (This comment also applies to very dry seasoned wood!) This is a bit of a bugbear for me as we can't have clean burning and low wood burning rates at the same time. It does goes through wood at a fair rate - quicker than I would really like. I would say that it goes through about 2-3kg per hour depending on the wood. You can get it to go slower, but this involves lowering the wash and soot starts to form on the glass. I would guess that you would need to recharge the stove about every 60-70 minutes. I would reccomend getting a stove thermometer as this helps greatly with gauging the temperature of the stove. My only point of comparison would be to a Clearview stove. My parents have owned 3 Clearviews over 12 years. To compare the two brands, there would be no competition - the Clearview wins in terms of airwash, ease of lighting, build quality and time taken for fuel to burn. If you pack the Clearview, then you can leave it low for 2 hours easily and not have gunk on the glass. This is not true of the Morso which will exhaust all fuel on just over and hour and will fog if you leave the wash turned down. As stated above, the only reason I bought this was because it was the best fit for a smoke control area. It is a decent enough stove but compared to a Clearview, comes up short. If I could have, I would have bought a Clearview Pioneer 400. In terms of going through wood, you'd get better value because the Clearview won't go through as much.
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