Review of Villager Chelsea Solo

poor glass retention system

Robin Goodwin 6 years ago

I bought this stove from a friend s/h so it had a few hours under its belt. I serviced it and installed it. It is excellent for efficiency of heating but two months after first use, the glass cracked. I couldn't work out why, as I was very careful loading the burner, but then realised that the retaining clips had corroded away putting strain on the glass. I knew that a new glass was going to be expensive because its curved but the cost is about £100....quite sickening. The clips that are used to retain it, which obviously must be springy to prevent cracking look pathetic. Will make my own. My advice....get the Duo model....its exactly the same but with two doors and FLAT cheap glass replacement.

Overall rating:

4 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.2)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 3.6)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.6)
Handle operation 2 flames (avg 3.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 3.5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.7)