Review of Stovax Huntington 35 stove

Huntingdon 35

Mike Wortley 7 years ago

I'm not an expert. Although we wanted an efficient stove, we also wanted a decent looking one. We went for the Stovax Huntingdon 35 (7.5 output)with tracery windows and indeed it looks superb. Really like the look of the concealed handle which is easy to use. We did all the calculations for the room (online) which is quite a large room and this burner was exactly the capacity we needed. The plan was to only burn wood, but the installer advised us to get the multifuel. Glad we did, as it's got an ash pan. Until recently we let a good bed of ash form as recommended by the manufacturer, but felt the heat output wasn't particularly that great. We also noticed the airwash didn't work that well. We now find it's much better to only leave a small amount of ash in the bottom allowing some air through the bottom grate. This means we now get much more heat output and the airwash works. As for glass cleaning, after following the various tips for vinegar, ash or whatever, I bought a cleaner (Vitcas)- I just spray it onto kitchen paper and wipe the glass clean. Easy! Overall pleased with the stove, but I think the price reflects the design to some extent. We also bought a second one for our dining room- a Franco Belge Savoy- which has a slightly larger output(8kw), and as the front dial acts as an airwash/vent, it means you can leave the layer of ash for the wood and it works really well. Cheaper and better value, gives out a bit more heat but doesn't look or feel quite as well made.

Stove expert replied: Good feedback with two stoves being operated side by side, easier to compare differences.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 5)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 4.3)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 4.3)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 4.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 4.7)