Review of Morso Squirrel 1412 smokeless stove

Superb little stove

Richard Bartley 5 years ago

The Squirrel 1412 is a lovely little 5Kw stove. We picked the squirrel design and got it from one of the major online shops saving a few hundred quid off the RRP. Free 2 man delivery was included, as its 100Kg with packaging and was delivered to the room of our choice.

Our HETAS engineer did a great job, removing old brickwork and re plastering, laying granite hearth. We got the chimney lined too, which costs more than the stove but worth it for safety reasons. We got this all done in January, but do your Hetas engineer a favour and get it installed in Summer - going up on the roof in winter can't be fun. Our engineer was a hero.

The stove performs superbly, and takes a good hour to get up to temperature as its cast iron. This means it keeps its heat longer after the last log has died down. The handle does get hot, burning hot, so always use the safety gloves (one was provided with the stove by Morso but I'd recommend you wear a pair).

We find that once you've got the kindling going for 10 minutes, that adding a heat brick or heat log helps to create a nice layer of hot ash. Then adding your logs creates a great fire. We got a bag of kiln dried logs and this creates a clean burn with only a little occasional soot build up on the glass which is easily cleaned off.

Emptying the ash pan is trivial - this really is an easy stove to live with and is small and compact. If we had the space, we'd get a larger stove but we didn't have the room. This stove heats up the living and dining room (open plan) and we turn the central heating off when its lit. It gets really toasty and we love it.

Overall, its a luxury and with the granite and chimney lined, the installation cost was a lot. You can do the whole job cheaper if you don't need the chimney lined, or go for a slate hearth for example. However, the Morso Squirrel 1412 is a great little wood burner.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 4.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.9)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.8)