Review of Windy Smithy Henry stove

This title thing has charged my life.....

Julian 11 years ago

After much deliberation I settled on a Windy Smithy Henry for my van to replace the pot-bellied thing that had had me chopping wood into splinters small enough to go into the ridiculously tiny firebox.

I bought all the little bits and pieces necessary to make the installation easy and still the bill was not at all excessive. In fact when I look at it now and imagine the work that went into making, never mind designing, the stove I cannot imagine that there is very much profit in the thing. Perhaps the Windy Smithy is simply a charity to help keep van dwellers warm?

So, it was installed in under two hours (with the help of a friend who doesn't speak any English (and my Moldavian is, frankly, in need of some revision; so that was a hoot) a bit of paper, some splinters of dry wood, a match and Hemry was alight at 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

I am writing this at 11:30 the next day and my new friend is still alight, keeping me warm, making tea and my breakfast this morning.

I have the windows open as I didn't listen to Jon telling me that it may be too large for my size of van but now that it is in and was so easy to light and regulate and keep going all night I may mull over a trip to the Antarctic.

Look, enough of this gushing, if you are looking for a burner (I also own a Woodwarm {brilliant} and a Mørso {pretty good}) I would advise you to save time and ring up the Windy Smithy and get one of his.

He has, without sounding fed up, answered about a hundred questions from me. And Amalia, too, was unfortunate enough to pick up the phone on several occasions and she was equally as happy to help and was incredibly knowledgeable.

My Henry puts out a very constant, controllable heat, which has literally changed my life...I no longer have to huddle over my pot-bellied thing living in fear of the wind that blows through the cracks in my van. And cooking on a wood burner has to be the closest thing to heaven for me.

So, come on...give 'em a call and if you can get the chance to see one in the flesh, so to speak, you will agree that they are really wonderfully fashioned.

This will make van living as delightful in the winter as it is in the summer. Maybe more so....there is something so lovely about a decent wood burner on a cold and rainy day.

(There is no Airwash on a Henry so I have given it a score of one. There wasn't a zero)

Stove expert replied: Great review but may not suit all situations.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 5)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 5)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 5)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 5)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 5)
How well does the airwash work 1 flames (avg 3.8)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.9)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 5)