Review of Morso s10-40

Very disappointed

James Drury 3 years ago

Had the stove 2 years as back up to CH. Very stylish, but performs very poorly. Very often I need to have the door open to get it going. We always use fire lighters and kindling so it should light well with just the vent open. Once it is lit we are constantly having to adjust the airflow -close it and it dies - open it and it roars. We are burning seasoned Maple and have tried seasoned Oak. It really struggles with the Oak. The store where we bought it came and fitted an extension to the chimney which did help a little, but I do regret not ignoring style and buying something like a Broseley or similar that would just burn steadily away without constant intervention.

Question. Is this model solely for burning wood because I always thought if a stove has a grate it is for coal as well as wood. I think the only solution is to use some coal. Can anybody help?

Stove expert replied: This model is a woodburning stove only. Interesting that extending the flue system has helped could it be extended even further? Is there an airbrick in the room or a direct air kit added to the stove? The lack of performance may be due to lack of air which is required to allow combustion to occur. Is the flue lined as this can aid the draw where draw problems are apparent? Further investigation regarding the installation is recommended. A short flue can be an issue with contemporary cylindrical stoves due to their height and the recommended 4.5 optimum flue length.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.7)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 3.2)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 3.4)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 3.6)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.7)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.2)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 3.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 3.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.3)