Review of Clearview vision 500 stove

Great stove, pity about the smoke control exemption

Sasha 9 years ago

We purchased our stove (which has the smoke control system) for just over a year, and would thoroughly recommend it. \n\nHowever we have run into potential difficulties with smoke emissions - we live in a smoke control area.\n\nWe were naive in thinking when we purchased the stove that we would legally be able to use DEFRA "authorised fuel" ie smokeless coal as well as firewood. \n\nHowever, be warned... as the Clearview Vision 500 is classed as an exempt appliance within a smoke control area (if installed, maintained and operated in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions), we have been told by our local Environment Protection Officer that it would be illegal for us to use DEFRA "authorised fuel", or anything else except firewood that has been split, stacked and air dried. (This is set down on the Statutory Instruments 1993 No. 2277)\n\nThe Clearview website states "This means that “Clearview Smoke Control Stoves” can be used in smoke control areas throughout the UK to burn wood and any smokeless fuel authorised". \n\nHowever it's a really great stove if you are allowed to use it to its full potential.\n\n

Stove expert replied: Smokeless fuels can be used in a smoke controlled area, why you have been told that you can't use on a Defra Approved stove is very strange. Providing you have a grate system this should not be problematic. For a comprehensive list of suitable smokeless fuels please contact the Solid Fuel Advisory Association.

Overall rating:

4.5 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 4 flames (avg 4.5)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.9)
How likely are you to buy it again? 3 flames (avg 4.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 4.4)