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Review of Stovax Brunel 2cb stove

High quality.

Barney 10 years ago

Can't follow the logic of the first reviewer, who says the heat output from the 1A is similar to the 2CB, despite the fact the 2CB is a physically much bigger stove with a lot more cast iron. It's a bit like saying a 400mm wide radiator gives the same heat as an 800mm wide one. Perhaps what they really mean is that you should buy a stove with the right amount of heat output for a particular size room, otherwise you won't be running the stove efficiently. If the 1A is sufficient for a room, then the 2CB would be overkill and you'd just end up restricting the air intake to lower the heat output.

Anyway, as someone who's had lots of stoves over the years, i can say this is a high quality stove that does its job extremely well. I burn smokeless fuel overnight without trouble. The design is traditional which looks great in my traditional stone fireplace.

I'd also question the first reviewers scores for 'ease of lighting', 'controlability' and 'airwash'. This stove lights really quickly, but like any stove it relies on a decent flue. It has 3 air controls rather than most stoves which have 2, so is very controlable. The airwash is excellent, although like all stoves the glass will soot up if run at low temperature.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.4)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 2.7)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.7)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.7)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 2.1)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 2.6)