The early days
Most of the early glass fronted stoves had narrow glass strips forming the front of the stove door. They all blacked up the glass and it was quite a task to keep the glass clean. Then, in 1987, the breakthrough came. I had a phone call from Jonathan Greenall at Clearview Stoves asking me if I would be interested in stocking their stoves. At this point lots of companies were bringing out new stoves. I pointed this out to Mr Greenall and asked him what was so special about his stoves. “They keep the glass doors clean and are over 70% efficient and they are multifuel. I told them to pull the other leg!! They assured me that their claims were justified. I asked them to send me down some stoves as soon as they were able.
I installed the first Clearview stove and proceeded to test the claims the company had made. It ticked all the boxes. It was simple to run, burned wood, all black fuels and peat as they had promised. It was very efficient, kept the doors clear and stayed in over night. After a week doing all these tests I realised that all my stock of other makes of stoves had been made obsolete and I decided there and then to phase out all the other stoves and stick with Clearview.