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Updated: 30 Dec 2021

Contura stoves review

Make sure you read our review of Contura wood-burning stoves before you spend hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds on one
Paula Flores
Contura 35 wood burning stove 482622

Our reviews, based on the views of 1,375 multi-fuel and wood-burning stove owners, reveal which brands are really worth the money.

Before you buy a wood-burning stove, make sure you've read our guide to wood-burning stoves and pollution

If you need to buy a wood-burning stove, make sure it's from one of the best brands. One brand earned an impressive customer score of 91%. 

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Contura wood-burning stoves ratings

As well as an overall customer score, we asked people to rate specific aspects of their stove, such as the quality and finish, and also ease of cleaning.

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Contura survey ratings
Quality and finish
Durability
Ease of using and controlling
Ease of cleaning
Value for money

For a full round-up of the scores for all the star ratings, visit our guide to the best wood-burning stove brands.

Contura log burners 

You can flick through the image gallery below to see a selection of the wood-burning stoves (also called log burners and wood burners) available from Contura.

Contura stoves gallery

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Contura wood burners 

Swedish stove manufacturer Contura makes stoves with a modern design. It offers both freestanding models and those that can be inset into a wall or fireplace, and most are available in a selection of colours and finishes.

Unlike many other stove companies who use steel or cast iron for their stoves, Contura also uses 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 burners: Contura only sells wood-burning stoves, 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 guide for the pros and cons of each. 

Stove wattages: 5kW to 10kW.

Efficiency, Eco-Design Ready and Defra-exempt stoves: From January 2022, all stoves legally available for sale need to meet more stringent criteria regarding energy efficiency and emission levels. During the transition period they were labelled Eco-Design Ready.

Contura's stoves have high energy efficiency levels – they range from 75% to 82%. Some also come with clean burn technology, which essentially means that hot and cold air is introduced to the stove, helping to burn off more of the gases. They also help to clean the glass, something called an 'airwash' system by a lot of other manufacturers.

Many of Contura's stoves are also Defra-exempt. If you live in a smoke control area, you'll need to either burn only smokeless fuel or, if you want to burn wood, buy a Defra-exempt stove (you can check this on the Defra website) . 

Find out more about Defra-exempt stoves, as well as the effects of stoves on pollution in our guide to stoves and pollution.

Contura stove features 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 reignite 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.

Find out what features stove owners really value and whether they're worth the money in our guide to 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 an extra to fit to your chosen stove.

Where to buy Contura stoves: There are a number of independent shops across the UK that sell Contura stoves. Find stockists on the Contura website

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. Check the terms and conditions. 

It's also worth checking whether you'll 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, it's important to remember that they aren't something you can install yourself. It needs to be installed safely and meet regulations.