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Review of Westfire 23 stove

WESTFIRE UNIQ 23 Looks good........BUT VERY POOR CONSTRUCTION!

A G 6 years ago

CANNOT CONTROL HEAT OUTPUT:

Cannot close the air intake sufficiently to have the fire glowing nicely, it will only burn brightly.

the stove will always allow at least5% air to be taken in.

DOOR NOT SQUARE:

Despite the metal is laser cut, the door and carcase would never align and be 'square'.

DOOR HANDLE is HOT

Handle is close to the glass and gets very hot

DOOR LATCH NOT ALIGNED:

The supplied latch had a pin that was too short, leading to the door handle wearing it down one sided.

After emails and repeated phone calls was eventually sent a replacement, which had to be cannibalised to make it fit!

NEEDED TO RESPRAYED:

Paint peeled after 2 months.

CRACKED INNER FIRE BOX: at the top of the fire box, cracks appeared.

aparently i have 'overfired' the stove.

Strange you may think, as i cannot turn the fire down any more than i already had.

AIR WASH:

Works only in the middle of the glass, leaving the top and bottom 2 inches black.

the wood is 2 years old ash and oak

Think about this !

Having been told that the fire CANNOT be shut down any further than it normally is, how can the stove be 'over fired' to the point of cracking ?

If I have been burning the fire with such fury, it would be unlikely that the glass would blacken so badly.

They are a good looking, but BEWARE !

The fire has now been replaced

Stove expert replied: The manufacturer has replaced the stove after 2 years of use after first offering to re-weld it under warranty.

Overall rating:

1.5 flames

Build Quality 0.5 flames (avg 4.1)
Quality of finish 0.5 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 1.5 flames (avg 4)
Ease of use 1.5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.4)
How well does the airwash work 1.5 flames (avg 4.4)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 3.8)
Handle operation 0.5 flames (avg 3.3)
How likely are you to buy it again? 0.5 flames (avg 4.1)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 4.1)