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