Product Type: Krinner in Homeware
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A peaceful Christmas
Krinner VBasic Christmas Tree Stand
Member Name: dee778
Krinner VBasic Christmas Tree Stand
Advantages: Excellent design, very sturdy, easy to use
Disadvantages: A bit expensive
After decades of searching, I eventually found my dream stand; the Krinner Christmas tree stand. My stand was bought by my son who was working at Homebase at the time. He used his staff discount to buy the stand that all his customers were raving over, and I think paid around £25 for it. Not cheap, but worth every penny, as I have discovered over the intervening 3 years.
~~What it looks like~~
The Krinner is a solid green plastic ring with a subtle embossed yellow line around the bottom; the diameter is 34cm and the height of the stand is 4cm. It is very heavy at 4kg so that it provides a solid base for the tree without taking up too much space. Four very sturdy black clamps are joined together by a strong wound steel cable, and this cable can be tightened by using the black lever at the side of the stand. Each black lever is ridged so that the tree trunk can be gripped securely.
The green plastic ring is actually also a very secure water chamber. This can be filled up with water up to 3 litres to keep the tree fresh. A small red button in the top of the green stand can be removed to fill the stand with water.
Inside the stand is a large black plastic well. This well has a sharp spike on the floor, located centrally so that you can impale your tree onto it for extra stability.
Recommended tree sizes for this stand are up to 250cm with a trunk diameter of up to 12cm. The steel cable ensures that the claw levers tighten around any unsually shaped or knobbly tree trunk in total synchronicity, preventing any pushing or sliding to one side or the other as the cable is tightened.
The Krinner is made in Germany and for me embodies sturdy German efficiency. The comprehensive instruction leaflet has a ring of German bossiness and efficiency about it; nothing is left to chance:
"Always place the stand on a flat, even surface - THICK CARPET IS NOT A STURDY SURFACE" ... "Unauthorised opening of the tree stand is forbidden and can be prevented by the use of a small additional padlock".
~~How it works~~
Using the stand is so simple and easy - I am impressed all over again every year that I use it!
Place your tree inside the black well, impaling it on the central spike. Get somebody to hold the top of the tree so that it is upright. Using your foot, pump away at the foot pedal, slowly closing the ferocious levers until they clamp the trunk of the tree with a very firm embrace; the tree cannot wobble and you cannot close the levers any further. (Releasing the clamps after Christmas consists of one swift upwards push of the tightening lever.)
Put some water in the water tank and enjoy Christmas!
~~Any negative points?~~
There is one small negative point about this stand - the water container is very easy to fill up, but almost impossible to empty, leaving nasty, smelly, stagnant water in the bottom to discover next year. Instructions tell you to tip the stand up with the handle towards the sink; "Residual water remaining in the tank will eventually dry out by itself". This may be true, but an huge amount of residual water does remain in the tank, despite shaking, tipping and generally straining my back by lifting the surprisingly heavy stand about.
I believe that later versions of the Vinner have improved drainage holes to overcome this problem.
I have owned this stand for 3 years now and it holds the tree as firmly as the day it was bought. It was worth spending a bit more on such a brilliantly designed device. It has never marked my wooden floorboards; water has never leaked out of it; and it has completely emininated those boring family rows which involve getting the tree into the perfect position, only to have it slowly fall down to one side because of an inadequate stand.
Summary: A brilliant investment for many happy Christmases to come!