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Clearview stoves review

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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Before you fork out on an expensive log burner or multi-fuel stove from Clearview, see what its customers really think of the brand.

We've asked more than 1,400 wood-burning stove owners to give us their views on popular stove brands, including Clearview. 

The stove brand in first place out of 12 got an outstanding customer score of 94%. Less people were impressed with the one at the other end of the scale, which got 70%. 

Anything within 70% would still be a good score. But our survey goes to show that excellence is possible – our top performer has proved that.

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Clearview multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves ratings

The unlocked table below shows the breakdown of ratings when we asked people about the quality and durability of their Clearview stove, among other things.

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For a full round-up of the scores for all of the brands we've rated, visit our page on the best wood-burning stove brands.

Clearview log burner and multi-fuel stoves

You can flick through the image gallery below to see a selection of the wood-burning stoves (also called log burners and wood burners) and multi-fuel stoves that Clearview sells.

Clearview wood burner and multi-fuel stoves

Clearview is a fairly traditional stoves brand that's been selling classic designs since 1987. It has a total of nine stove ranges, all made in the UK. Most come in a few different style options as well as seven different colours. 

It also sells built-in stoves, which are essentially set into a wall or fireplace. A couple also have an old-style hood or canopy, also referred to as an inglenook (see image below).

Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: All Clearview's stoves have a multi-fuel grate, which means that you can burn wood as well as coal.

Because fuels burn differently, if you're planning on only burning wood, you might want to consider getting a dedicated log burner. You can find out more on our wood-burning vs multi-fuel stoves

Other types of stove: Some of Clearview's stoves come with the option to add a boiler, allowing you to heat your whole house. You can find out more about heating your whole house using a stove by visiting our page on biomass heating systems.

You can also cook food on a couple of its stoves, either using a hotplate on the top or a small built-in oven space (pictured in the gallery).

Stove wattages: Around 5kW to 14kW.

Efficient, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: All of Clearview's stoves have built-in air systems aimed at making them more efficient. 

Its airwash and 'up and down draft' distribution systems use cold and hot air to keep the glass clean, burn off excess gasses and make the fire easier to control. Similar configurations used by other manufacturers are often called 'cleanburn' or secondary/tertiary air systems.

The firebox of its stoves (where the fire burns) also have a refractory lining to help retain heat and, according to Clearview, promote clean combustion.

Most of Clearview's stoves (those with its Smoke Control Kit) are Defra-exempt. If you live in a smoke-controlled area (you can check this on the Defra website) you will need to either only burn smokeless fuel or, if you want to burn wood, buy a Defra-exempt stove.

Non of Clearview's stoves are labelled as Ecodesign Ready. As of 2022, EU regulations will stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves must meet higher efficiency levels. Some stoves are being made to these specifications now, called Ecodesign Ready.

Find out more about Defra-exempt and Ecodesign Ready stoves, as well as the effects of stoves on pollution and what you can do to minimise them by visiting our page on stoves and pollution

Stove features: Features on Clearview stoves include:

  • built-in log store
  • hotplate surface for a kettle
  • riddle grate for removing ash
  • removable ash pan to collect dust
  • airwash system to help keep glass clean (mentioned above)
  • lower-temperature surfaces (referred to as convection casing).

You can find out from stove owners what features they really value and are worth spending out on by visiting our page on how to buy a wood-burning stove.

Stove accessories, fuel storage and fuel: From gloves to a stove thermometer, Clearview sells a range of stove accessories. It also sells large log stores for outside use.

Where to buy Clearview stoves: There are three Clearview stores you can visit. Two are in Shopshire (Ludlow and Whitchurch) and the third in Gloucestershire. You can also buy Clearview stoves from selected stockists.

After sales care and spares: You can order a number of Clearview spares from its website, or through its stockists.

Before you buy a stove, it's important to remember that a stove isn't something you can install yourself. It needs to meet regulations and be installed safely. 

Make sure you visit our page on installing a log burner or multi-fuel stove for everything you need to know.

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