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Review of Stratford TF70 stove

Not recommended

Brian 9 years ago

The TF70 replaced a Charnwood multifuel stove which was 17 years old and running ten radiators. Compared with the Charnwood the construction of the TF70 is too light weight for a mulltifuel stove. The Firebox door /ash pit door interlock is fiddly. The ash pan is flimsy and too small so that the ash pit floor is constantly covered in ash; this is worse when burning anthracite. Every time the ash pan is removed ash is pulled out on to the hearth and where fine ash falls over the front of the pan it accumulates inside the ash pit door. The cast fire bed supports are easily displaced when poking the solid fuel to remove ash. The riddling action is poor. I bought this stove via the internet and would not have bought it if I could have inspected it at a local dealer\n\n\n

Stove expert replied: It might help to empty the ashpan a little more frequently. I use our hoover occassionally to hoover out ash inside the ashpan compartment which you cannot otherwise get to.

Overall rating:

2.5 flames

Build Quality 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 1 flames (avg 3.5)
Value for money 2 flames (avg 3.4)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.4)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.5)
How well does the airwash work 3 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.7)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 3.7)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 3.4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3.5)