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Review of Stovax Stockton 3 stove

Excellent little number

Steve Downing 6 years ago

I suppose I am quite strange with multifuel stoves in that I have experienced several...

I purchased a Stockton 3 about 10 years ago and had it installed with a single length of stove pipe through a register plate in a 3 bed house with no gas - I had "Economy 7" storage heaters and used this for 2 winters running 24/7 to heat up the whole house keeping it in on smokeless fuel for up to 7 days at a time. On moving house, I re-installed it in the new place using the same method and ran it for 3-4 years before getting a full liner installed.

Once "properly" fitted it burned very well, so well that I frequently had to leave a door open to keep the room temperature comfortable.

As to maintenance, I found correctly fitted, sweeping the chimney on an annual basis, generated less than a dust pan full of soot despite running the stove mainly on coal. For day to day running, the stove belts out the heat an hour or so after lighting, and is quite easy to keep in 24/7 if running on coal/smokeless fuel, due to the size of the firebox, you can only manage about 8 hours with wood as you cannot get that much timber in.

For a small room, I would recommend getting one, and for a larger room, I am now considering a larger Stovax despite the in-laws recommending a Clearview - yes, I have had one of those too! Is it as good as a Clearview, no, but if you need a small stove, I doubt you could get better value for money.

As an additional point, I left the stove in the house and have it let out to tenants, who also like the stove and find it helps keep the costs of the central heating oil down as it is amazing how much cheap wood you can "scrounge"

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Value for money 4.5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of use 4.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 3.2)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.2)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Handle operation 3.5 flames (avg 4.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? not yet rated (avg 4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4.5 flames (avg 4.6)