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Review of Stovax Brunel 1A stove

First class little stove

Sid 7 years ago

We bought this two weeks ago to replace a horrible Chinese stove. We also have a Clearview Pioneer 400 and have previous had both Little Wenlocks and Parkray.

It's a beautifully made stove which is delivered in very impressive packaging with good instructions for both installation and use. I had no problems fitting the feet or changing it over from back flue to top, and its compact size makes it easy to nudge into alignment with an existing flue pipe.

It's fitted in the builder's opening in a room 4m x 3.5m which is against two external solid walls of an old cottage and on two very wet windy nights recently with outside temperatures below 5 degrees produced more than enough heat.

Burns wood and smokeless fuel (Maxibrite) equally well (which is more than our Pioneer does) and is remarkably controllable. The firebox is small, but you don't really expect a big firebox in a small stove, do you?

I rated overnight burning at 3 simply because there's no option for "don't know because I'd never try to keep a multifuel stove going overnight". Quality of finish (5) is based on the matt black one. We'd never buy an enamelled stove of any make!

In short, it's brilliant and well worth the money.

Stove expert replied: great review, and as experienced a balanced one.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.3)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 3.2)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.3)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.9)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.9)