Review of Clearview vision insert stove

One of 8 Clearview''s in the house

David Campbell one year ago

We renovated an old rectory with 8 fireplaces and fitted 8 Clearview stoves in, I feel we meet the criteria for leaving a review on the stoves we chose for our home.

The Clearview inset is installed in our dining room and one in the office. This is hopefully an opportunity to explain to potential clients what makes the Clearview inset a worthwhile contender to free standing stoves.

Firstly the ease of fitting when compared to what might be involved if construction has to be carried out to create an alcove for a free standing stove to be fitted. It is not to be entered into lightly that there is some disruption if you are in a finished home.

During the construction of the stove, it is effectively housed in a chamber of sorts that draws air from the coolest part of your home, the floor, and heats it around the firebox before presenting the air back to the room through the vents above the door as a warm convection current. It is all too often the case that people feel a free standing stove can radiate a lot more heat than that of a cassette style stove, but if you ensure you buy a stove with the convection system built in, then the Vision inset stove in the Clearview range can produce the same heat levels as it''s freestanding counterpart....the Pioneer 400.

The stoves are able to burn different types of fuel, although they have only been tested with wood. We tend to use Ash and Beech which has been processed and dried in potato boxes in our poly tunnel for about a year, which is a brilliant way to ensure your fuel is ready to burn. As long as the wood is seasoned and the core moisture level, the sap in wood, is less than 20% moisture you should be ready for trouble free use.

The ability to slumber the stove is first class, with adjustable door handle and hinge system to ensure air tightness. This makes them one of the more controllable stoves not just when they are new, but for many years to come as the rope beds in. The double glazed window ensures the inner glass is insulated from the room temperatures which gives an unsurpassed view of the fire...hence their name. Just be sure to burn the stove hot at times to discharge combustion products up through the flue. Ideally a stove should be run between 350-500 degrees F for optimum burn.

Stove gloves are provided with the stove to facilitate opening the door and fuelling the stove. Some people feel the handle getting hot to touch is a fault, but far from that, it is a design feature that makes you protect yourself before operating the stove. The gauntlets are flame retardant and heat resistant which helps you bring the burning fuel forward towards the window, and the fresh fuel can be placed across the firebox from left to right, which means that if any core moisture evaporates, it comes out of the end grain and hits the side tiles rather than presenting steam on the window.

To sum up, the inset is a stove that should be considered if you want a lovely large clear window, controlled fuel consumption at all times and something that can transfer most draughty inefficient open fires with very little disruption to the home.

Stove expert replied: Great review and good scores.

Overall rating:

5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4.6)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 4.5)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 4.8)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 4.4)
How likely are you to buy it again? 5 flames (avg 4.6)
What is your overall satisfaction? 5 flames (avg 4.6)