One of the things we were certain we wanted for the living room was a stove. Not only to keep the room nice and toasty but also to provide a focal point. London is a designated smoke control area and because we wanted to burn wood as well as smokeless fuel we knew it needed to be DEFRA approved, which ruled out all the cheap ones on eBay! Aside from that we were a bit lost as to what style we wanted. We both loved the stove in Kathryn Tyler’s home – Corkellis House, which you may remember from Grand Designs (If you didn’t see it check out the link). However were worried that in our Victorian house it may look to contemporary. So the hunt began…
We started our search at a local stove shop and saw the Mendip Loxton 5, which Ed liked but I thought was a bit too contemporary and also saw the Newman Vista Pefetto, which we both liked, however when we got home and did a bit of research we realised it was only a wood burner and couldn’t be used to burn smokeless fuels, such as coal, so we were worried it might be difficult to keep as warm as we wanted.
So I did some research on the internet and after looking at hundreds of stoves we decided that perhaps the stove at Corkellis House would fit with the Victorian features of our house if we added a traditional, marble surround (I will post about that soon). I found out that the stove was the Cleanburn Norreskoven, however with an RRP of around £1000 it was a little out of our budget. So I started to look for something similar and soon came across the Hunter Compact 5 and the Hillindale Monterrey 5, but after much discussion we weren’t convinced by either of them. I thought the Hillindale was a bit chunky and Ed thought the Hunter was too traditional with the ‘castle’ style grate and decorative handle.
Then I came across the Eco-ideal 1, which ticked all our boxes. However I still wasn’t convinced as I couldn’t get the Norreskoven out of my head. So the research continued.
I soon found out that the Eco-ideal was actually made by the same company as the Norreskoven, but under a different brand, so with a little more research I found that the brand that make the Norreskoven – Cleanburn make a smaller, very similar stove called the Lovenholm. Although it has a RRP of just under £900 I found a couple of companies on the internet that were doing deals and eventually settled on a deal from Firebox Stoves, which included a vitreous stove pipe and register plate with access door. They weren’t the cheapest deal we found but they could be specific with the delivery day and were really helpful. The stove arrived just as they said it would and I would certainly recommend them. Now to install the stove!