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Review of Windy Smithy Louis Ranger

Yurt stove

Oak Bloke 6 years ago

I have been using this stove in my 16' Yurt Workshop yurt for two years.

It has kept me warm through some very cold winter weather in Normandy, it's easy to use and nice to look at.

If you use dry oak, for example, chopped fine, then the hotplate/cookbox heats up well. Keeping it going overnight is a bit of an art, you need to reload maybe a couple of times at least, but then it is a small stove with a small firebox: anything bigger would be OTT for my yurt which is well insulated.

The droplatch handle is sometimes a bit hard to disengage. The air-adjustment handle gets hot, but that's to be expected.

All in all we love the little stove and I am considering buying another one from the range of stoves by Windysmithy for my boat, maybe with a backboiler this time.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 3.8)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 3.3)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.8)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 3.8)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.5)