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Review of Clearview vision 500 stove

An Excellent Stove and worth the money if you respect it.

Nigel Darling one year ago

I have now had this stove for 3 seasons which I fitted myself following research and learning the regs. I then got it approved by a hetas installer. I have read the negative reviews but in all cases I think there are genuine reasons for them either user error or poor installation. A stove needs to be well looked after and treated with care using only the best fuels. I again only used seasoned wood. I also use paper bricks which I make and pine cones and kindling as starter fuel. I monitor the temp all the time and clean the glass every week even though it does not really need it. I service the stove myself by removing all the bricks and baffle plate so inspecting the box in readiness for the sweeper. The first year it was swepted the sweeper asked if I had used it! I said yes , and he said well what ever you are doing keep on doing it and I do. I need't to sweep it for two years. So two years on I have just had the steel liner swept, dura flue, and once again, very little came out and what did was bone dry, no black residue from ineffective burning. It pays to read up on how to manage your stove well before installing one as I guess some people report problems because they didn't correctly research how to use them and burn the right fuels at the right temperature. Three years on the glass is like new, the box inside is clear no rust, only a light oxidation coating from being used but otherwise solid, no rust or other issues. Fire bricks are good no cracks but then they are easy to replace. The hinges are lubricated every year on the door by me with copper grease spray and the glass removed and cleaned. The fire rope seals are still white and intact. The stove is a smoke controlled one so I had to purchase the extra bit to stop me slumbering the stove , defra approved. I thought this would be a problem in burning too quickly, complete rubbish, you can still turn the rolling flames right down whilst still getting complete combustion once stove is at a high enough temperature. Most errors are because the user is not getting the stove in the sweet zone before they turn it down, when burning timber in a stove you should be burning the gasses being released from the wood and not the wood itself, this only happens when the stove is working as it should, burning all the volatile gases preventing build up of any creosote in the liner I am only an amateur but had read up on using stoves and combustion before buying one and can honestly say if you buy a clearview why would you not want to learn how to use it well since you are paying good money. You would not buy a Mercedes and drive it off road. I'm currently on holiday in Scotland and have a Jotul F250 in the home it's a good stove, cast iron, but has its failings mostly around ash pan size, single glass and no riddling grate , other than that a nice stove belting out the heat if you use it right. But I'll stick with clearview thank you.

Stove expert replied: Great informative comments, and never a truer word written! If you know how to use a stove correctly you can get wonderful results. Certainly worth finding out about how to operate a stove prior to purchasing one.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.5)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.5)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.9)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.4)