23rd July 2021
Pitted against each other, how were well-known wood-burning stove brands, including Stovax, Clearview, Charnwood and Morso, rated by their customers?
Having asked a number of customers how satisfied they were with their stove and whether they would recommend it, two brands broke away from the pack, leading with high scores of 94% and 90%.
In comparison, the brand in last place got just 70%. But that's not all we asked stove owners. We also asked them to rate their stove on five different areas – read on below for more.
Find out how Stovax stoves were rated for the following individual attributes: ease of using and controlling, value for money, quality and finish, durability and ease of cleaning.
Stovax survey ratings
Quality and finish
Ease of using and controlling
Ease of cleaning
Value for money
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 Stovax sells.
Stovax sells an extensive range of both traditional and modern stoves. Some of the models can be built-in or inset, which means they can be mounted within a wall or closed hearth. They vary widely in size, with many space-saving and large eye-catching models.
A few also come in a wide range of colours, including cream, grey, green, brown and blue. Stovax also owns a few other stove brands, such as Dovre and Yeoman. The ratings on this page are for Stovax stoves only.
Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: Both types are available through Stovax.
Because fuels burn differently, if you're planning on only burning wood, we'd suggest choosing a dedicated log burner as opposed to a multi-fuel stove that can also burn other fuels, such as coal. You can find out more on our .
Other types of stove: Stovax has two stoves that you can cook on, thanks to a wider than normal top (see image below).
One of Stovax's models is also a boiler, while others come with a boiler option. Both enable you to heat your entire home, rather than just one room. You can find out more about heating your whole house using a stove by visiting our page on .
Stove wattages: Around 4kW to 11kW.
Efficiency, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: Ranging from around 70% to 88% efficient, most of Stovax's stoves also use convection and cleanburn systems (also referred to by Stovax as triple air) to make the stoves more efficient.
These essentially mean that additional cool and hot air (sometimes called secondary or tertiary) are introduced to the stove, helping to burn off more of the smoke and gases. An airwash system should help to keep the glass clean, too..
As of 2022, EU regulations will stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves must meet higher efficiency levels. Some manufacturers, including Stovax, are already making stoves to fit this criteria. These are labelled Ecodesign Ready.
A number of its stoves are also Defra-exempt. If you live in a smoke-controlled area (you can check this on the ) you will need to either only burn smokeless fuel or, if you want to burn wood, buy a Defra-exempt stove.
Stove features: Features on Stovax stoves include:
Stove accessories, fuel storage and fuel: From fire baskets and grates to hearth gates and log holders, Stovax sells a wide range of stove accessories and small-scale indoor storage options. It doesn't sell fuel.
Where to buy Stovax stoves: You can purchase Stovax's stove through a high number of independent stove shops. Some are approved by Stovax and are part of what it calls its Expert Retailer Network.
After sales care and spares: When you buy a Stovax stove through one of its recognised retailers, you automatically get a two year warranty. This can be extended to five years by registering your stove on its website within one month of the purchase or installation.
Registering any safety appliance with the manufacturer is also useful if there is ever a recall or issue identified with the model. You'll need to service the appliance yearly for the warranty to be valid, which is something we would recommend doing anyway.
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.