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Review of Town and Country Runswick stove

Town 7 Country Runswick Inset

Baz B 9 years ago

I have a low mantle and had to cut 2in off the base plus make spacer then still found the fireplace was out of square. So before purchase make an exact template of the rear and see how it fits.

I run it 16 hours a day and do need to empty the ash daily. The pan is annoyingly a little wider than a standard tin bucket and has low sides but works ok. I could do with a second pan to be able to do a quick swap.

Can burn fast and furious so beware forgetting to close lower vents. Air control is easy and effective but I wish upper ones were linked by a rod (I will modify mine) so you only need to set one. I never try to burn overnight as the box is too small for much wood and smouldering is bad with wood. Wood needs to be 8 in long max although a little larger will fit.

The glass smokes up quite easily so I clean daily and burn it out in the last hour on a high setting rather than closing off and letting it smoulder out overnight.

If unable to feed it continually it cycles well from a full box to a cup full of embers but keep the top vents well open to avoid smoked glass.

The thin flat top is good for heating sausage rolls on tinfoil.

Stove expert replied: Beware of fast burning for longer than 20 minutes as this may expose the stove to higher than normal working temperatures and can lead to distortion of the body. Short periods 15 - 20 mins max twice a day is usual recommendation.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.7)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 4.3)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.7)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4.2)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 4.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.9)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 4.7)