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Review of Waterford Stanley Oisin stove

Stanley Shire Multifuel stove

ShirleyS 9 years ago

I was actually considering buying a new glass for my stove when I came upon the reviews. I have had my stove for about 15 years and have had no replacement parts so far. It is a basic cast iron stove that I black lead now and again. The glass is now rather crazed but otherwise OK. At one time I had no other heating in my (approx) 150 year old town cottage and was able to run the fire constantly for about three weeks at a time without it going out. After that time it needed a good clear out. At the time I was working so the fire was made up in the morning, raked when I came home, and again raked and made up before I went to bed. I have always burnt large anthracite with the occasional few bits of wood. Wood burns too quickly and needs feeding too often. I haven't used it much recently because an enthusiastic chimney sweep removed the baffle plate and didn't get it back correctly. I have a man coming in to rectify this (I hope) shortly and I look forward to using it more again next winter. I have to agree with other reviewers about the size of the firebox - it is difficult to put paper, kindling and fuel in all at once when lighting. I usually wait for the kindling to catch and then add fuel. It would be difficult to have a bigger firebox in such a small size stove and it heats my 15' x 13' living room, which has an open staircase in it, quite well. I have always been well satisfied with it. PS I don't think it was made in China like the modern versions.

Stove expert replied: Amazing no spares in 15 years - what value for money!!

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 4 flames (avg 4.3)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 2.8)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 2.8)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.5)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 3.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 3.5)