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Morso has remained a leading stove manufacturer since 1853 and is known for well designed quality stoves. The Morso Squirrel has been in production for many years and is one of the most popular cast iron stoves in Britain. It suits small to medium sized rooms and has a traditional look about it but it is the excellent design and durability of this stove which has lead to it becoming almost iconic.
~ Description ~
The Morso Squirrel 1430 is a solid cast iron multi-fuel stove with a matt black heat proof painted finish. Multi-fuel means wood or anthracite. It measures 546mm in height, 388mm width and 438mm depth. A large glass panel in the main door is designed to stay clean during use to provide a good view of the fire and this works very well in my opinion. Below the main door is a small door to access the ash pan. Both doors are hinged from the right hand side and have easy to use catches with black heat proof handles. There are two air supply controls, one is a cast iron turning wheel (spinner) on the front of the ash pan door, the other a sliding lever located under the narrow platform (hearth plate) at the base of the stove. It has a riddling grate for use when burning anthracite.
There are the options of having the side panels left plain or with an added vertical pattern or a squirrel motif which is cast into the panel and fills it almost entirely. I chose the squirrel motif because it is a classic design and in my opinion very attractive.
~ Installation ~
The summer months can be a good time to have a stove fitted, our Morso Squirrel was fitted during August 4 years ago. The stove arrived on a wooden pallet covered securely with strong card and plastic sheeting. Within a day our chimney was lined and the Morso squirrel installed. I strongly recommend the installation to be carried out by a HETAS registered engineer because not only is this now required by law but it is important to ensure there is adequate ventilation and an efficiently sealed chimney.
~ Using the Stove ~
The door opens smoothly and widely allowing good clear access for loading the fire chamber with the usual materials; newspaper, kindling and dry logs. I find both air controls are very easy to access and open. The lighted fire is quick to establish and at once the atmosphere in our room becomes inviting and cosy. Within 15-20 minutes warmth fills the room and by adjusting the air controls you can moderate the heat generated from the stove. A black heat proof glove was included with the stove which is useful for when the stove is running at full temperature and you need to alter the air controls or add logs to fire.
~ My thoughts & feelings ~
A stove isn't like any other appliance, it becomes more a part of the home and an important focal point. I'm so pleased with the Morso Squirrel 1430, it is robust and has a feel of quality to everything about it. There is such a character and charm to this friendly little stove. By the end of the Summer I begin to look forward to when we can light the stove and enjoy the comfort of the warmth while relaxing and watching the dancing flames or listening to the crackling of fire.
There are many online stove suppliers selling stoves at discount prices, but as the number of stories of substandard or copied stoves and problems due to inadequate advice increases the tendency is now to return to local suppliers. A local supplier will usually come out to check your chimney and ventilation, room size and listen to your requirements. This way you will be sure to be advised of an appropriate stove.
The Morso Squirrel has a high efficiency rate of 71% and a nominal heat output of 4.6 kW. Prices range from £750 to £900 and it has a 10 year warranty. I can highly recommend this stove as an efficient, extremely well designed little cast iron stove which is also full of character.
It is recommended by the chimney association and HETAS that chimneys should be swept after the heating season and a stove should be serviced.
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