Review of Parkray Consort 9 Slimline

Consort 9 slim

Stuart Godfrey 8 years ago

I installed this stove June last year after removing an existing 70's style fireplace. I needed a low output stove but with the width and height to fit a small inglenook. The stove fits the space nicely and it's width allows decent sized lengths of wood to be used. The stove is nominally around 5kw but will produce nearer 7kw if fuelled with properly dry timber. The multifuel grate works well with smokeless cobbles and the fire can be kept in all night using this fuel. On the down side the stove emitted a loud and irritating expansion knock from first installation. After consulting with an independent engineer the source of the knock was found to be the turbo bar which runs along the rear of the stove casing. Slackening the bolts holding the turbo bar to the casing was found to eliminate the knock very effectively. It is questionable as to whether this is a satisfactory remedy in terms of safety and the fitting of gasket material between the casing and the turbo bar might be a better fix. Manufacturer sent out engineer to inspect stove but no help was offered to fix the expansion knock issue. The stove works well as a heat source.

Overall rating:

2 flames

Build Quality 2.5 flames (avg 3.5)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 3.7)
Value for money 1.5 flames (avg 2.5)
Ease of use 2.5 flames (avg 2.8)
Ease of lighting 2.5 flames (avg 3.5)
Firebox size 3.5 flames (avg 3.5)
How well does the airwash work 1.5 flames (avg 3.2)
Controllability 2.5 flames (avg 2.8)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 2)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 2.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1.5 flames (avg 2.5)