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Contura stoves review

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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Make sure you read our review of Contura multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves before you head out to spend hundreds or even thousands on one.

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Highest in the pecking order was a stand-out brand that scored 94%. Another, just behind it, scooped an impressive 90%.

In stark contrast, the bottom-scorer got 70%.

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Contura multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves ratings

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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.

Contura log burners 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 Contura sells.

 

Contura stoves gallery

  • Contura 26K wood-burning stove
  • Contura 586 wood-burning stove
  • Contura 51L wood-burning stove
  • Contura 310 wood-burning stove
  • Contura 596 wood-burning stove

Contura wood burner and multi-fuel stoves

Swedish stove manufacturer Contura, which sells its stoves across the world, has modern style at the forefront of its designs. It sells both freestanding models and stoves that are inset into a wall or fireplace, most of which come in a selection of colours and finishes.

Unlike many other stove makers who use steel or cast iron exclusively for their stoves Contura also uses different materials, such as soapstone, tiles, sandstone (see image below) and artstone (unique to Contura). Contura says these materials retain heat better and have a higher output. 

Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: All Contura's stoves are wood-burning, so you can't burn other fuels, such as coal. If you're not sure whether to buy a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove, visit our dedicated guide for pros and cons. 

Other types of stove: Contura doesn't make any other type of stove, such as a boiler stove.

Stove wattages: Around 5kW to 10kW.

Efficiency, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: As of 2022, EU regulations will stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves must meet higher than current efficiency levels. Some stoves are being made to these specifications now and are called Ecodesign Ready. 

None of Contura's stoves have this official label, but some do have high efficiency levels already - they range from around 75% to 82%. Some also come with cleanburn technology, which essentially means that hot and cold air is introduced to the stove, helping to burn off more of the smoke and gases.

Stoves with these types of systems should be more efficient. They also help to clean the glass, something called an 'airwash' system by a lot of other manufacturers.

None of Contura's stoves are labelled as 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. 

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 Contura stoves include:

  • side windows
  • hotplate for a kettle
  • silent removable ash tray
  • the ability to rotate the stove
  • hidden handles that don't get hot
  • concealed heat-retaining tank or stone
  • built-in fan to spread heat around the room
  • automatic ignition to control the air that will light the fire
  • refuelling boost function, which draws air in to re ignite the fire
  • built-in log store at the bottom or side, some of which also act as a bench (see image above) or have a door to close it in.

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: Contura doesn't sell any accessories or fuel. However, a number of its features listed above, such as the option to rotate the stove, can be bought independently as extra to fit to your chosen stove.

Where to buy Contura stoves: There are a number of independent stove shops selling Contura stoves across the UK.On its website you can find out whether a stockist has a high number of Contura stoves.

After sales care and spares: Contura doesn't sell any spares on its website. You can, however, find spares elsewhere online. Just be aware that if you buy parts from someone other than the manufacturer, this may void any warranty or guarantee, so check the terms and conditions. 

It's also worth checking whether you will need to regularly service the stove to ensure any agreement is valid. We'd recommend doing this anyway, so take a look at our page on using a stove for more information.

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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