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Review of Stovax Stockton 8 stove

Stockton 8

Carl Pickup 9 years ago

We chose this stove because it suited our budget but also the combination of steel body & cast doors is the same as clearview and others but around half the price. Overall it is a good stove but I think the quality of a fire depends as much on dryness of wood and the chimney as it does on the stove. Given dry wood and a clear night it gives a great fire but less than perfect wood soon starts to reduce its efficiency. I guess this applies to all stoves but I do know of other stoves that seem to cope with slightly damp wood better than mine.

Another point I like about the canopy version of this stove is that the canopy is part of the chimney meaning it acts like a radiator unlike some canopy stoves which are just a flat top with an ornamental canopy. This means that it gives plenty of heat. On the down side the airwash is definitely not up to clearview standards.

This is a good stove for the price but considering the amount of time we spend looking at it I might spend a bit more next time. That said a stove installer once told me the money would be better spent on more sheds to ensure guaranteed dry wood.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 2.7)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 2.9)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.4)