Review of Morso Squirrel Standard stove

Nice stove

David Martin 6 years ago

We inherited the Morso with the house. It is in the kitchen - 20 foot by 16 but vaulted, so a big area for such a small stove to warm. This was our first experience of a woodburner so it has taken a while to get used to it. It is Ok but smokes a fair bit on starting until the chimney gets warm. The airwash system is primitive and doesn't really work that well, but you really do need well-seasoned hardwood logs (we don't use solid fuels). One year isn't really enough - two years will be better. It really makes a difference. The main thing that has helped is a stove-top fan. We were sceptical at first but they really work and the Squirrel performs better than its size suggest it can. In summary, it's a nice stove, but I think you can buy better (and cheaper). We are now fitting a Little Wenlock and the Intrepid II in two more downstairs rooms so with all 3 hope to avoid the need to use the outrageously expensive oil-fired CH!

Overall rating:

2.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.9)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Value for money 2.5 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of use 2.5 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 2.5 flames (avg 4.7)
Firebox size 2.5 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 1.5 flames (avg 4.1)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 3.5 flames (avg 4.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1.5 flames (avg 4.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 2.5 flames (avg 4.7)