Review of Waterford Stanley Oisin stove
Waterford Shire (now Oisin) stove
Had this multi-fuel stove installed 10 years ago and, until last year, it was brilliant. Then our chimney sweep pointed out that the top baffle had corroded badly and recommended replacement. After much head scratching, my husband managed to fit a replacement baffle. 12 months later, the rear flue just dropped off - just like that. I was glad I noticed it as I was just about to light the fire. This time the bolts holding the pipe had corroded and sheared off. Luckily it didn't happen when the fire was on and we were out the room. We knew nothing about stoves when we had it fitted, but after these events, a quick internet search revealed that cast iron stoves are prone to these failures. We had always been careful to use only seasoned wood, and in fact had only used the stove lightly over the years. With hindsight, I wish we'd done some research. I will never buy a cast iron stove again, and I will only use wood that has been seasoned for at least a year, preferably two. It seems that a steel stove is a better option. Please do some research before buying.
Stove expert replied: These problems can happen on a steel stove as well as on cast iron models. Wood that has a moisture content of less than 20% should only be used on a stove. Rountin maintainence should be carried out to check all aspects of the installation and may have prevented the flue from dropping off.