Stovax Brunel 1A stove
The Stovax Brunel stove is compact & will fit into a smaller fire place opening.
This cast iron multi fuel stove has 1 door with a glass window.
There is an external riddling grate on this model.
The Stovax Brunel 1A will fit into a small fire place opening.
- Height: 524mm
- Width: 385mm
- Depth: 290mm
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Stove expert replied: great review, and as experienced a balanced one.
cosy... so why the low mark. Well, this was actually the second Brunel stove we have had. The first one was in blue enamel but within a couple of years the enamel had crazed all over the stove and started to peel, plus there was a problem with the controls on the stove, even when the vents were closed the fire would flare... but to their credit Stovax did replace it with a new one without any problems. However the present stove which is also enamel started presenting problems two years ago - a small line in the enamel appeared on the top of the stove but since the stove was operating well and it didn't look too bad, we decided to order some enamel paint from Stovax in the summer and patch it up which we did.. However, present day, the paint we put on the line has come off, a very large patch of enamel has come away where the original line was, there are now bubbles of air under the enamel all over the stove which threaten to break out... and imagine our surprise to find the other week that the actual cast iron on the top of the stove where all the enamel came away now supports a 2.5cm crack on it...Because this stove is out of warranty Stovax is under no obligation to do anything... but to our mind we will never again buy from Stovax - their fires are not cheap, we had paid extra for the enamel - which has given us so many problem, but for a cast iron stove to crack after only five years... well what does that say of the product? All we can say is beware... it may be the luck of the draw, but if you are unlucky like us, you can and will be seriously angry and out of pocket!
Stove expert replied: Very sad story, cast iron can crack but this is likely to be through over heating of an appliance (not always though!). A costly experience!
ash falling onto the floor, and seems to give a more even burn at the sides - on phurnacite my fire has not been out for about 3 weeks. Phurnacite ashes empty daily (1&1/2 pans). Tip 2 Take out the riddler rod and seal the hole with silicone, makes the fire more controllable, get a poker to replace riddler with a small "end" on it!
Stove expert replied: Sounds strange to remove riddler as the point of it is to make removing ash easier, but if it works for you!!
a bit like a tardis, which means you can put one big chunk which keeps it going and the wood pile lasts forever. The control is very sensitive and you can create fantastic swirling effects. Gratins cook well if left on top in a shallow cast iron pan. Justlove it. A tip on cleaning glass, wet some scrunched up newspaper, dip in the cold ashes, scrub glass (when cold) and clean off with dry clean newspaper, cheaper and safer than the acid cleaner sold.
on a new flue for it.
in about two hours - even with the airvents closed. I could never, ever, get the fire to stay in overnight. Also the firebox is very shallow so when you open the doors burning embers or even complete burning logs would fall out of the stove - often had to put the carpet out!!! The fire box is also not very wide - and so you can't get a decent length of log onto the fire either.It worked better with coal - but even then it's not that great.It would be nice to be able to open the ash door without having to open the main door.The glass does stay nice and clean. If it gets dirty - through burning with closed air vents don't bother cleaning it with glass cleaner - just give the fire a good roar and it cleans itself - you can actually watch particles of soot being sucked off the glass !!Not keen on the handle design - to keep the door sealed against the rope properly means that it's very tight to unlatch.I'm sorry to give this fire such a slating but the jotul 602 is far superior - loads from one end - nothing falls out, bigger firebox in the same amount of space (if you put the chimney on top). It also has a built in hotplate. The only downside is that it's wood only - but then I found coal dust gets everywhere anyway, so I tend to just burn wood.