Review of Clearview vision 500 stove

Best thing I ever bought!

Stephen Betts 9 months ago

We bought our Clearview vision 500 in March 2017. We got the idea from our neighbours who have an identical house to us. I researched every wood stove under the sun to avoid looking like we were keeping up with the Joneses!!. But unfortunately I couldn't find anything which bettered the Clearview. It came out tops in all the reviews and they were right!

We had to have the smoke control (DEFRA) version as we live in a smokeless area. We had it professionally fitted. Our house is a very large modern 5 bed detached house with excellent insulation. The house has 17 radiators.

The thing I love the most is that our Gas bills have dropped by 80-90 p/month!!! We even had a call from the gas company to find out why!!

We now only use the central heating to heat our hot water. Other than that we never turn it on.

The Clearview heats the whole house, we just leave all the doors open, we burn 16-20hrs a day. This keeps the upstairs at a nice 16-18C and downstairs a tropical 25-30c.

Last year we burned 1/2-3/4 ton of wood from early September to early April But due to its efficiency we only get about a shovel full of shoot out of the chimney when it's swept.

Lighting the stove is the simplest thing ever.

Get the fire going for 10mins and shut the wheel, then once up 400-450F Just push in the vent and watch the temperature rise and it just idles away for hours. Very very easy to do!

We get hardly any ash and only need to empty the ashtray 2-3 times a month.....It seems to even burn the ash!

We only use dry wood (we get free from a local tree feller) around 10-20%, seasoned for at least a year and the Clearview laps it up.

We've tried all types of wood and they all burn in the Clearview some burn for longer / hotter, others burn shorter and not as hot. We tend to burn softer woods in the autumn and spring and harder woods in winter.

It really is a Clearview too. The glass never goes black and I only have to clean it about once or twice a month.

The only negative is that our dog Angus has completely fallen in love with it and doesn't tend to sit with us when it's on, as he's always laid in front of it!

The Clearview sales staff and after sales service are really excellent. Nothing is a problem. Always nice and friendly and their knowledge is second to none.

After 3 years the stove still looks fantastic, most people comment how nice it looks when they see it.

Without doubt this is one of the best things I've ever bought, it's absolute quality and does it's job superbly!

We're moving house shortly but unfortunately we've had to include the stove with the house. We will definitely be having one in our next house.

Stove expert replied: Great comments, very economical.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Value for money 4 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)