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Over the years, Chimney Sweep North Devon have swept and examined many, many stoves and fireplaces. As with anything, some are great (play on words here!!) and some not so great. Some are traditional in design and some are very contemporary - see Hwam stoves  
Stoves are available in a range of kw,from diddy 4kw up to wopping 12kw or more. The size you need is dependent on your room size, so check carefully. Too small and you'll all be wearing hats & coats too - too large and you'll be sitting in the hallway 'cos it's too hot!! has  even done a spread on their idea of the 10 best stoves around  

So, as you have gathered there are many types of wood and multi fuel stoves on the market. A lot are imported.
To the uninitiated most stoves will probably look very similar and the specifications will sound the same.
This is not the case. Not all stoves are the same by any means.
Having said that, there 
are many manufacturers of great stoves around and some can be seen at

     Rangemoors, Winkleigh                     Kenwyn Stoves, Torrington                    Stove Centre, South Molton

Chimney Sweep North Devon
are working in conjunction with a local
North Devon
manufacturer of an excellent range of stoves (both wood and multi
fuel) at very competitive rates.
Being based in Barnstaple and working
around the North Devon area, we have often come across these stoves and have been impressed with their capabilities. Some are over 25 years old and still going strong.These have been maintained well by their owners and they have had them swept regularly by a reliable chimney sweep.

There are 7 in the Devon made Wessex stove range supplied by Alford Engineering, Barnstaple.
The ones pictured here (click on any of them to go to their respective pages)

     The Otter             The Lion                    The Rhino                  The Buffalo             The Puma
                                                                                                                                                                                                    (we have installed this at home)


                                                Firemaster                                            The Panther

All these stoves are made locally - in North Devon.

We highly recommend Wessex stoves for many reasons

  • They are extremely sturdy stoves and will give many many years of superb use (provided the owner looks after it of course)
  • Wessex stoves are made from a high grade steel and not a sub standard material which will develop holes or warp within a few years of use.
  • Chimney Sweep North Devon sweep Wessex stoves which are over 25 years old and still going strong
  • They are simple to operate, VERY controllable and are not covered in ornate 'trappings'
  • some have an air wash system to help promote efficient burning
  • There is most probably a Wessex stove to suit just about any location
  • Because it is locally made in Barnstaple, parts and repairs(unlikely to need this though) are quick and easy to obtain.
  • The manufacturers  have been producing these stoves for many years and are constantly reviewing the design to give the best performance.
  • Wessex stoves can be custom made with a price adjustment. 
    There is the need for a deposit for this service now, unfortunately, due to time wasters in the past.

Lastly, a stove is only as good as the owner. If it is neglected and ill treated it will cease to work properly.

  • Treat your stove with respect and look after it. See this video which shows you how to keep your stove nice and clean.
  • Burn dry wood. Damp or green wood (new wood which still retains sap) will create a creosote encrusted chimney which can lead to a chimney fire. A chimney sweep cannot get years of creosote off the sides of the chimney. It looks very pretty and sparkly, but it sets like concrete and even the stiffest brush will not remove it all.
  • Use a chimney cleaning log.
    Burning a chimney cleaning log approximately 2 weeks prior to a sweep will help 'flake' the **creosote so the chimney sweeps brush can do its job. It genuinely does what it says on the packet BUT please do not think this will replace a sweep and you can just burn one or two of these a year instead. Your chimney must be swept as well to remove the flakes and to clean it right to the top. 

 ** Creosote is the resulting hard crust formed in the chimney after burning wood - especially from green wood(new wood still holding its sap)  
Tar builds in the chimney near the top where the air cools and it hardens. 
It looks very pretty (all sparkly) but it is almost impossible at this stage to get off with a brush.
Creosote has 3 stages of transition - hit 'go' to visit a site which explains it perfectly 



Mark Broadhead        01805 640027/ Kenwyn Stoves 01805 623521
Graham Watts                 01237 476604 or 07789405088

Stacks n Stoves               01271 863338