- Woodstove question – Clearview
Me neither. BUT, Clearview make great stoves – really well made and ‘just work’.Posted 11 months ago
We have two and have never had an issue with either (I bought both off eBay and stripped/refinished them to look like new). Hold their value very well if that matters at all.
I doubt any stove does well at a low output. I’m wondering if they’re just talking about keeping the glass clean? If so then I’d agree with them. We generally only clean the glass once/winter and that’s to remove a haze of ash.
The glass NEVER goes black unlike others I’ve seen.bodgySubscriber
I owned a Clearview – they’re ok, but I think they trade on the name a bit. As shark bait states – most stoves don’t do well run low and slow. I found that the glass sooted as much as any other stove, although with fine adjustment you could get a nice flame picture going on.
The Morso that I had was SUPERB. I would recommend Morso without reserve or hesitation.Posted 11 months ago
Looking at stoves now, Clearview Pioneer is on the list because they’ve got so many fans (not that sort), but we’d prefer something with a bigger window, like the DG Ivar.
One of the plusses for the Clearview is it claims to operate well from 1-5kw. Most 5kw stoves don’t state a range that big, or go that low.
I know it’s not good for a stove, the chimney or the glass to run a stove shut down low. Is there anything special about the Clearview that allows it to get down lower with less ill effects, or are they just making a statement about low output that mfrs could, but don’t state about theirs?
Cheers!Posted 11 months ago
Cheers for the replies, contura i5 looks good, but too big.
Reading up on the Wesfire, looks nice too.
Presumably a depends on how much wood you’ve got in there? 2 logs burning brightly in a large box isn’t going to be much different to 2 logs burning brightly in a slightly smaller box?
Or is it all fizzicks and surface area? bigger box, more heat transfer, lower temp in box?Posted 11 months ago
My sister has a cortura i5 and although it is great, looks nice and she loves it, it has a big firebox so can kick out some heat. People have written on here before that companies claiming 5kw is to get it within a building regs criteria and in reality many with bigger firebox like the i5 will be capable of more.Posted 11 months agotwinw4llMember
Even though the i5 is rated higher i can confirm the 51L puts out more heat in the real world because it has a lot more thermal mass, i know because i also have a Contura 54 which is the taller version of the 51L.
The i5 will burn for hours on a fill cleanly and on a low setting, i do know a little bit about stoves, sadly.Posted 11 months ago
It has been designed by Contura to run at 5kw.JunkyardMember
if you put fire bricks in the stove you can reduce the size of the fire pit and have a smaller fire running at a higher heat to create the same output
I know as i have a massive fire 8kw [ its a huge fireplace that had an old range in it- and run it like this so rather than it having the fire pit of a double door stove its down to the size of a one door fire
no issues in operationPosted 11 months ago
nedrapier – Member
Reading up on the Wesfire, looks nice too.
The Westfire 35 is a 4.3kw and I’d concur that it won’t have you sitting in your undercrackers at full pelt due to it having a fairly small firebox. Perfect for my lounge which is only 4 metre square and mid terrace/cottage and always run at ramming speed due to being in a smokeless zone and not having the option to shut it down much. The Westfire 35 also fitted perfectly within my small fireplace space, many other good stoves are available based on slightly different criteria. I was very much looking at a stovax box, but a Westfire 35 ex display came up on ebay at half retail price, so I went for it. The general consensus on here, if you want to be a bit envro conscious, has always been to buy a smaller stove and run it around max, rather than a big stove shut down. I also liked the Westfire 17, but it was a bit too big for my space available. The big window stoves also depend on whether you prefer a box or contemporary stove (with legs) like that DG ivar you mention, just personal preference. There are so many to choose from and any quality branded ones should do the job. You just need to find the one that fits within your fireplace, heats roughly to your room size and is to your taste aesthetically.Posted 11 months ago
This is what I have ended up with and happy
I have a Clearview 650 with back boiler, but I wouldn’t replace it with another. I think there are nicer, more efficient stoves around now.
I have heard Clearview as a company are actually for sale. I’m led to believe there isn’t much interest within the industry to purchase them though, as there are stringent new rules imminent and it will take an awful lot of investment in Clearview for them to achieve what is required.
Whereabouts are you Ned?Posted 11 months ago
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