Review of Morso --- Owl Convection (3440) -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
prior to Nov. 2004*)
Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): | House Size (Sq feet): 1000
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid: $1350
Location : Hanover, NM 88041, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - High Country Stoves (Albuquerque
This is a small stove with a convection jacket that can take tight clearances. It heats *very* quickly, burns readily, and holds a coal bed for quite a while. The convection jacket distributes heat quite well. It's also a very attractive stove - plain without being industrial or nouveau, and well proportioned. The fit and finish are great; not only the installer but every tradesman that's been in the house has commented on how impressed they are with the stove and the way it's put together (and that's before it was ever fired up!).
This stove is more expensive than many others of it's size. It's small, so the fuel has to be as well. It's best not to overload it, and certainly don't get fuel close to the glass - it'll soot up quickly. The removable handle is a good idea, but in practice having to hold the handle in place while turning it has led to a little less hair on my knuckles (ouch).
I'd say that the pros far outweigh the cons on this stove. I wish I'd known that the 3450 (convection with soapstone sides) was going to be imported - I might have held off buying for a bit to get it! Jon King at Hearthlink was great to work with, the distributor in Albuquerque less so. They quoted a price that was nearly $100 less than what they ended up charging to the credit card, no tools were included even though they manual says they should have been, and they exhibited a fair amount of uncertainty about the stove specs. In fairness, they seem to have been pretty new to the product.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004