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Review of Clearview 750 stove

Good stove + good flue = plenty of heat

Nick Horton 5 years ago

We've run a Clearview 750 for just over thirty years now using mostly 12 month seasoned ash and hornbeam of which there is masses round the farm. It has a saddle boiler which has been replaced once, about 7 years ago at the same time that the flue liner was installed. The secret of any successful woodstove is in the flue; ours is stainless single skin inside the original pumice liner inside a brick chimney. It's never needed sweeping since it was installed because the insulation is so efficient; on open draught watch out that the carpet and tables and chairs don't disappear up the chimney....it's a good breather! Overnight burning's easy providing you fill it with thick logs (I cut them all to 16 inches long) and give it a good roar, then shut the air right down and the air wash about halfway. A bit of kindling in the morning and she's away again. We keep the stove alight all winter.

My only criticism is the door catch whose spindle is just threaded to turn in the tapped hole in the door. This is not man enough and wears, and now after 30 yrs will have to be engineered better. And the handle does get hot, but what the hell! It's a stove! And a very good one too.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 4 flames (avg 4.4)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Firebox size 4 flames (avg 4.6)
How well does the airwash work 3.5 flames (avg 4.3)
Controllability 4.5 flames (avg 4.5)
Handle operation 2.5 flames (avg 4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.5)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.5)