Want to invest in woodburner- what are top brands I should be considering?

(32 Posts)
MinimalistMommi Tue 09-Apr-13 12:49:44

I'm probably going to be buying a Clearview, just checked out Morso but they're too modern for my taste, any other brands I should be considering?

iwantavuvezela Tue 09-Apr-13 12:52:15

If you go to a place that sellscwoodburners they should have loads on show. There are some great Scandinavian brands. However we found that once someone had come round, measured up where it would go, this limited our choice (which was a good thing at this point as felt overwhelmed by choice!). If you are in London I can post name of company you could go to. I will say that having our wood burner is one of the best things we have ever done!

MinimalistMommi Tue 09-Apr-13 12:57:10

I'm not in London.
I'm not very good with lots of choice!
Do you mind me asking what woodburner you ended up with?

Caitycat Tue 09-Apr-13 12:59:05

Clearview are great! A good choice.

KatzenStein Tue 09-Apr-13 13:19:41

Clearview are great - I've had one of those in the past and highly recommend it. I've also had a Morso (squirrel) and can recommend those too. We have another Morso in our current house but can't remember the model I'm afraid.

Don't forget to take into account the cost of the flue as well. It may be worth checking if your chimney is lined too - I remember hearing that mentioned in passing when we had our installed. I can't remember any more details I'm afraid as DP dealt with it all.

specialsubject Tue 09-Apr-13 14:19:57

forget brands. Get someone HETAS-certified to measure up, check your flue etc. Then ask for details on the much-reduced set of woodburners that will be suitable - this will have reduced the choice to manageable proportions.

we ended up with just one that would fit, given the size of the gap, the requirement not to remove the mantelshelf and several other constraints.

MinimalistMommi Tue 09-Apr-13 14:25:49

Special I really want a good brand like Clearview, I've read that a good brand will throw more heat out and will burn for longer too using less wood. Plus, I won't have to clean the glass <lazy emotion>

We have to knock into the fireplace as a previous owner had it boarded up in our front room so size of gap etc shouldn't be too much of an issue. I'm thinking of one of the small Clearviews like this but in black: www.clearviewstoves.com/pioneer400.htm

I just wanted to double check my choice on here grin

MinimalistMommi Tue 09-Apr-13 14:27:46

Katzen I will remember cost of flue and will definitely get chimney lined if it isn't already. I'm budgeting about £2,500 and hoping I can buy one and get it all fitted for that with all the necessary extras, including a carbon monoxide detector.

Heinz55 Tue 09-Apr-13 14:29:37

I have a small Stanley Oisin and a Stovax 80. I love them both. The Stanley I light more (because it's in a small family room) and it is easier to clean out but the logs have to be smaller. If you have an airwash system (my friend has a Jotul which is very effective and always looks pristine - has an airwash thingumy) you won't have to clean the glass but tbh I rarely clean the glass anyway - when the fire gets quite hot it cleans it. But then I would not be a top of the range housekeeper as such. Great decision to get one whichever brand you go for.

LifeofPo Tue 09-Apr-13 14:30:11

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jennywren45 Tue 09-Apr-13 14:30:13

We have a couple of Bohemia's and they are great - kick out the heat, have a clear wash system and are a good price .

thekingfisher Tue 09-Apr-13 14:35:06

We have a stuv. They are very simple looking but may be too contemporary for what you are looking for. I Luvs mine though ...grin

MinimalistMommi Tue 09-Apr-13 17:49:46

I think you're right theking stub is too comtemporary for me.

MinimalistMommi Tue 09-Apr-13 17:50:05

Stuv even. Damn auto correct.

specialsubject Tue 09-Apr-13 18:11:44

you always have to clean the glass, despite what the brochures say. The 'airwash' system does keep it reasonably clear, but it will get a little murky when you close down the fire at bedtime.

not a long job - two minutes with a damp kitchen sponge and one piece of kitchen towel, but still has to be done. That said, the glass is a lot cleaner now I've got the hang of laying the fire.

I have an inset, but if you have the choice go for one that isn't as one with exposed sides will throw out more heat.

supplied and fitted for under £1000, BUT our chimney was already lined - that's the expensive bit.

MinimalistMommi Tue 09-Apr-13 18:15:00

Thank you for the info Special thanks
What brand woodburner do you have? Are you pleased with it?

We have two fire places downstairs, one in dining room and one in front room (that one blocked up currently) I briefly thought it might be nice to have two but the rooms are really small so I imagine with two woodburners going it would get too hot and too expensive. Don't know what I will do with empty fireplace in dining room, it's quite big!

jennywren45 Tue 09-Apr-13 18:33:45

Store the wood in the empty one!

IncogKNEEto Tue 09-Apr-13 18:45:04

Clearview would be my choice, we had ours fitted about two years ago, and still love it!

zzzzz Tue 09-Apr-13 18:45:10

I second storing wood in the empty one.

The cleaning the glass thing is a red herring, I involves squirting with water, rubbing with a couple of bits of kitchen roll and then chucking paper in fire. Max 60secs even if you only do it occasionally.

I prefer flat top so you can roast chestnuts/boil kettle/stand fan, but otherwise just choose what looks nice.

Half the world says you must Lin th chimney, the other half only if it leaks...I have no idea which is true as ours just replaced previous owners.

saycheeeeeese Tue 09-Apr-13 18:46:56

I have a hunter and it's beautiful smile

MostlyLovingLurchers Tue 09-Apr-13 18:49:24

Have a look at Dunsley - they do wood or multifuel. They are very unfussy, super-efficient and burn very clean. Haven't got one yet but am working towards it. Seen quite a few in action now and the glass really does stay clean. Esse may also be worth a look. We currently have a Jotul, which i love, but it is quite an old model and only burns wood - if i was buying new i would always go for a multifuel to keep our options open (we don't have any other heating though so may not be so important for you). All that said, everyone i know with a Clearview loves it.

Bert2e Tue 09-Apr-13 19:03:32

Ours is being fitted on the 26th!!!

Have a look at an Aarow Ecoburn Plus 5 or a Fireline FX5 which look very similar to the Pioneer, also the Aga Ludlow might be worth a look. Have you found the www.whatstove.co.uk review site?

specialsubject Wed 10-Apr-13 09:58:08

it might be an Esse, not sure - I never notice brands and it doesn't say on it. An inset doesn't produce as much heat as an exposed one but without destroying a lovely hearth, we had no choice.

am pleased with it though, there's nothing like real flames and it does keep the room warm. It is a multifuel but we use wood - and you do need space to store that wood, you want to buy it in bulk as that is much cheaper.

Charnwood are lOvely and Uk made

MinimalistMommi Wed 10-Apr-13 10:46:46

Special I'm not sure whether to go for inset or exposed, the room is small so I'm guessing inset (which is a shame about heat being less)

We have a small courtyard garden but I'm hoping to put in a smallish woodshed to store it. I think we will just burn wood but my and I should make sure I buy multifuel just in case.

MinimalistMommi Wed 10-Apr-13 10:47:24

Bert I will check out the review site. thanks

MinimalistMommi Wed 10-Apr-13 10:48:11

Good idea everyone about storing wood in empty one, my sister said the same grin

MadBraLady Wed 10-Apr-13 10:50:10

My parents have a Clearview (the smallest one, I think it's the Pioneer 400) and are very happy with it. They've had it two years and don't think they've ever had to clean the glass.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 10-Apr-13 11:10:27

And get a metal bucket, ideally with a lid, so that you can empty the ash can while it's hot and cool it outside.

claracluck71 Wed 10-Apr-13 11:24:03

We have an inset Clearview this one and it's great. Gives off plenty of heat, is easy to light and very controllable. We decided on an inset stove because of the size of the room, 12ft x 15ft so only small, and we didn't want it to stick out in to the room.

We find that once it's lit and up to temperature we burn about a log an hour, if that.

MinimalistMommi Wed 10-Apr-13 11:35:15

clara just looked at the picture. I'm a bit confused I thought an inset stove just meant sitting inside the fireplace rather than sticking out in a room with nothing surrounding it. That picture of the inset clearview looks like it has stuff surrounding the actually stove. Why is that there? Sorry for being thick confused

claracluck71 Wed 10-Apr-13 12:08:07

It does look a bit odd in the picture. I think the black surround is just because the opening was bigger than the stove. If you had a fireplace like that it would be better to go for a small free standing stove that just sits in the fireplace.

Ours fits in the fire opening with a small black surround to cover the gap between the stove and the tiles. I think is to stop drafts as well as to smarten it up. The fitters only knocked out the fire back to slide the stove in, they didn't touch the existing tiled surround at all.

I think I've got too many surrounds in there to make it clear!

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