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
Chimney Sweep North Devon
are working in conjunction with a local North Devon manufacturer of an excellent range of stoves (both wood and multifuel) 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 PantherAll 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
FITTERS IN NORTH DEVON
Mark Broadhead 01805 640027/ Kenwyn Stoves 01805 623521
Graham Watts 01237 476604 or 07789405088
Stacks n Stoves 01271 863338