Wood Burning Stove - Poele a bois

We need a new wood burner, the one we have is not designed to stay in over night and it’s output isn’t great.

Any recommendations? I like the Invicta Modena, does anyone have one?


It does indeed, very interesting, thanks. I'll have a look at the fan bits etc next time I'm in one of the DIY sheds.


Hi James,

Try the link below:-


or type poele a bois modena in ebay search. There are two available.


Hi Jim

I found CDV on ebay but they don’t have the Modena, do you have a contact number for them. I will definitely be getting one from them if they have them at 500€

Thanks for the tip



My modena is brick lined and takes 55cm logs. Single door, not enamelled, large ash tray, top flue only.


Hi James,

I have just bought a brand new Modena. Not installed yet, but looks the business. 12kw output and stays in all night. Look at CDV in Bordeaux on EBay - less than 500euros. Pay 171euros over each of three months and that includes delivery. Delivery was less than 1 week.

I was afraid the cost would be high, we currently have a cheap 11kw wood burner, never having owned a better, more efficient stove I can’t be sure if the rated output from the more expensive units is different. I’m hoping so.

I think Doron (Renovation group creator and C’s uncle and all round good dude), has a couple of the Clearviews and I’ve seen them in action, they appear to burn a significant amount less wood than I would to generate the same heat from ours.

I like the Invicta mainly due to the way it looks, they are available online here for just under 1k, 30% more if enamelled. But no bricks. I’ll keep on with the research, thanks :wink:


Are you sitting down?
Stove + installation 5000€ but we got 1300€ back on the stove itself for credit d’impots. That has gone down to 40% this year or even less if I’m not mistaken.
The Charnwood Island III is 2790€
Installation including the chimney on the roof and double insulated black tubing to ceiling height and the stainless between ceiling and roof. 2200€. The pre-fabricated chimney alone cost 1000€.
The charnwood and clearview both have the heat retaining one piece bricks inside, on the sides and back. I’m not sure if the Invicta has. The heat efficeinecy of a Charnwood is 75% compared to the invictas 73% so no real difference there.
All I can say is that the Chrnwood is easy to light, easy to clean (though the ash trays are not huge) and it gives off a lot of heat.
I think the bricks make it a slower heat if you know what I mean?
When I said you could get a new one for just over a grand in the UK, I meant the Invicta.
My friend had one withh no bricks in and I didn’t find it as good.

Hope this helps.


How much did the installation cost? Is it lined with concrete blocks?



Oh, forgot, you can pick one up new in the UK for just over a grand with a bit of nego.

It looks good James.
I have had experience of two woodburners:
Clearview 650 and Charnwood Island III.
Both had fire bricks (clean combustion and better heat retention) inside and I would strongly recommend that feature. Both have double doors and I prefer that option.
I currently have the Charnwood in our “modern” house. It’s rated at 12kw I think but feels like a bloody furnace.
The only problem being whether you could pick one up second hand. We had ours installed and took advantage of the 50% credit d’impots. We didn’t even have the chimney through the roof etc, so I preferred to play safe for insurance purposes, especially as we still have the decenal.

Again, the Invicta looks good. Check the location for which way the door opens.