Stovax Stockton Review

Stovax Stockton Review

The Stockton range is the biggest, longest running and most successful range by Stovax. They're incredibly heavy, tough, well built, flexible and traditional. They make them in wood burning and coal burning versions, 2 door and single door and they're now Eco-Design approved.

They make several sizes:

The Stovax Stockton 3

The Stovax Stockton 4

The Stovax Stockton 5

The Stovax Stockton 5 wide

The Stovax Stockton 8

The Stovax Stockton 11



Lighting the stove: 7/10

These stoves are quite crude and simple and this recipe tends to create stoves that are very easy to light. whether you go for wood only or the coal burning (multi-fuel) version, this stove is no different. The new version does take a little longer than previous versions, but it's also more efficient so it's definitely swings and roundabouts.


Cleanness: 5/10

The Stockton was never spectacularly clean, but the latest model coupled with the availability of dry fuel, does make for a clean burning and efficient stove. You can obviously still get it wrong, but a hazy glow does somehow suit this type of traditional looking appliance, so maybe it's not too far wrong anyway.


Controls & Controllability: 6/10

The controls are very traditional sliders and cast iron door knobs. It's satisfyingly over engineered, unbreakable and simple. They work quite well and the tool and gloves that come with it, add a sense of occasion to this old school, reliable and familiar Stovax Stockton


Fuel economy & Burn time: 6/10

The Stocktons of old have always been good at chugging on for hours and hours. The new Eco-design stove does run cleaner, and therefore a little quicker, but it's also more efficient and with a bit of practice still capable of a long burn.


Who's it for:

I love that they're still making a double door stove, there are hardly any left and so this is fast becoming a real selling point for the Stockton. If you're wanting a traditional look then you're probably more of a traditional person and this is the same. It not only looks traditional, but from the way it burns, to the handle, air controls and how you use it, it's all familiar, trustworthy and traditional. Clean glass, technical figures and pretend green credentials is less a focus than buying something that will last decades and serve a family for generations rather than a few years until the next greenest thing comes out.


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