Villager Chelsea Solo

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

based on 25 reviews    (View rating breakdown)
Villager Chelsea Solo

The Villager Solo stove is a 5kw output multi fuel Villager model.

The Solo model has 1 plain door.

The Villager Solo is a plain flat top stove suitable for a small setting - there is an optional low or high canopy model available too.

Technical Data
  • Height: 495mm
  • Width: 457mm
  • Depth: 334mm
  • Flue Diameter: 125mm
  • Fuel: Multi fuel
  • Nominal Heat Output: 5kW
  • Efficiency: 71.7%

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3.5 flames
Quality of finish 4 flames
Value for money 4 flames
Ease of use 4 flames
Ease of lighting 4.5 flames
Firebox size 3.5 flames
How well does the airwash work 4 flames
Controllability 3.5 flames
Handle operation 3 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 3.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • Villager chelsea solo 5k

    David Fry 3 years ago

    Great stove plenty heat. Sent door away to Devon dept to have brackets replaced.and glass gasket. but now glass has cracked.don't know why? but stove always in use even though glass is cracked... []

    Stove expert replied: Glass replacement can be undertaken at home if you are competent in DIY, The brackets should unscrew and the gasket is likely to be renewed at the same time due to being disturbed. With a crack in the glass you may find that the stove is less controllable as it can pull air through the crack which under normal circumstances is not possible. Care should be taken not to let the stove overdraw.

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • villager stove

    Conkeil 13 years ago

    this is a fab wee stove and we are totally roasting!! Keeps its heat in all night so cosy in the morning if room doors shut. Would highly recommend

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

More reviews for Villager Chelsea Solo (page 1 of 3)

  • Reaching the end of it''s life?

    Simon Russell 4 years ago

    Whilst it's been a good fire - we quickly found that the baffle plate bent after two or years, the fire-bricks have been replaced and have recently just cracked again, and the glass system is... []

    Stove expert replied: For internal parts to fail quickly is an implication that the flue draw may be too high for this stove (see the manual for the manufacturers guidelines). Cracked fire-bricks can still be used providing they are staying in place to protect the metal of the stove. The stud may be able to be drilled out to enable the glass re-fitting if you can find a local engineer to undertake the work.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Glass comes loose

    Lee Mercer 5 years ago

    Although the stove burns well and was nice and warm, after a few days the front glass slipped down leaving a 1 cm gap at the top on one side, any time soon it will fall out and break if I dont... []

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • 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... []

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • Good little burner

    Steve Downing 7 years ago

    Believe reviews should only be done after living with a stove for a while so here goes. I had the "Chelsea solo" installed in September 2013 and it is now April 2014 so it has a had a good... []

    Stove expert replied: Household coal should not be used on a closed appliance, smokeless fuel or wood if the stove is a multifuel model only. Household coal is not a clean fuel and burns with a longer flame causing overheating of the internal components,

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • villager stove

    Steve Edwards 7 years ago

    Great stove...quickly warms up the room. However, the little brackets that hold the glass in place have all broken off and I am left with a door with no glass . Anyone know where I can get the... []

    Stove expert replied: Spares can be ordered on line and should be easily fitted, it may pay to check the rope seal at the same time depending on the age of the appliance. If this is a new appliance and the gasket that holds the glass in place has failed you should perhaps get the installation checked as it may be an over-drawing flue that has caused the failure.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Little Scorcher

    Rodger Caldwell 7 years ago

    This is the only stove we have ever had. Bought it new almost two years ago based on output, style, and a few reviews. Turns out to have been a great buy. Have never had any problems lighting... []

    Stove expert replied: If you notice that you can't shut it down getting a flue damper or stabilizer will help to get control of the stove and also to prevent damage by excessive heating of the components, well worth the extra expense and will save on replacement parts.

    Overall rating:

    4 flames

  • Love this stove!!

    Dave Maurice 7 years ago

    I am a coal merchant, and had been hanging my nose over this stove for a long time. Had it fitted last October, in time for the appalling winter! Once I had got used to lighting it, how often... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • good fire

    Antony Waters 7 years ago

    Great fire with good heat. Only let down is how quick some parts wear out. Also the brackets that hold the glass in place become loose and the glass slides down wearing the flat rope out, but... []

    Overall rating:

    not yet rated

  • Top Quality Product

    Martin Whitfield 7 years ago

    Very good value for money. Plenty of heat very good build quality. The center piece of the home

    Overall rating:

    5 flames

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