Review of Stovax Brunel 2cb stove

Brunel 2CB Good and Bad

Tom 8 years ago

We have had the 2CB for about 22 months now and, in the main, it works well. No problems with the stove as far as lighting it and the heat output. Only issues there are with wind direction/weather, which is not the fault of the stove.

Heat output is pretty good (we use mainly dry seasoned logs), but not as much as I expected for a stove that we were told was more than sufficient for a 20' x 12' room.

I have never got it to stay in overnight using logs, though.

Main grumble is with the firebricks. They all need replacing after less than two full winters. They are very difficult to remove as they are held in by a line of screws which have seized in position (several of them will not be going back in) and the cost of the firebricks is crazy - c£28 each, and it takes three! Is there any alternative? I know you can buy the compound for making your own, but this is not something I would feel comfortable in trying. We are putting off using this stove until we can afford to replace them.

Stove expert replied: Firebricks will require replacing and the premature failure may in part be due to over drawing during windy conditions, this should be investigated and ideally rectified as it may affect other components on the stove.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 3.4)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 2.7)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 2 flames (avg 2.1)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 2.6)