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Review of Morso Squirrel Standard stove

Morso Squirrel 1430

A Brown 5 years ago

We've only owned the stove for about a week but already the central heating is refusing to come on! Overall we are hugely impressed but the stove does take some time to learn how to use effectively:

1. Don't expect a roaring fire on your first attempt. It took us 3 or 4 smaller fires to build a decent bed of ash.

2. You need to get the fire really hot before you start chucking larger logs on - build it up gradually. If you add a log too soon, it will merely smoulder and blacken the glass.

3. We are using kiln dried ash logs but have found that if they are split to about 6 x 6 cm they ignite sooner and burn much better.

4. We are using an ecofan to help circulate the warm air round our large lounge (26' x 13' x 8.5')

In conclusion, the fire is easy to start (with a good ash bed), burns wood brilliantly, once you've experimented, and heats a large lounge more than adequately (with door to the room fully open!). In fact, I can't sit within 6 feet of the thing!! Hugely happy with our purchase and would thoroughly recommend.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Controllability 4.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.7)