If you’re looking for the best traditional wood burning stove for your home and can’t decide between the ever-popular Stovax Stockton 5 and the new County 5 wood burning stove, you’ve come to the right place! Read on below as we roundup the best features the two.
After all, both these wood burning stoves offer a high efficiency performance and are fully prepared to meet the new 2022 Ecodesign standards. In addition, as they are both DEFRA approved for use in Smoke Control Areas as standard, either model is suitable for use anywhere in the UK.
Here are a few reasons why both of these stoves are in our top five best traditional wood burning stoves worthy of your consideration.
While both of these charming stoves are constructed using high quality materials and offer superb views of the flames through their viewing windows, the exteriors of the two do provide slightly different aesthetics.
Delivering a traditional aesthetic is the Stockton 5 with its indented features and tasteful rounded edges. The exterior design of this stove takes a minimalist approach with its subtle door hinges and simple slider design for the air controls.
Meanwhile, the County 5 promotes a more utilitarian approach to stove design, with a more pronounced front air control slider, and a geometric door handle. This all adds character and depth to this stove, which exudes a somewhat more rustic appeal.
Both stoves are designed to suit both traditional and modern interiors alike, but if you prefer a more rectangular window with clean exterior lines, then perhaps you may prefer the County 5.
For added versatility, both the Stockton 5 and County 5 stoves are available as dedicated wood burning stoves, as well as multi-fuel stoves with external riddling. This allows the user the added capability of burning various mineral fuels.
If you plan to only burn wood, then a dedicated wood burning model will meet your needs. However, if you’d like the added flexibility of using mineral fuels as well as wood, then a multi-fuel model could be a good option. As both the Stockton 5 and County 5 are available as dedicated wood burning and multi-fuel models, you could opt for either stove.
If you’re looking for an Ecodesign Ready wood burning stove, the great news is that both of these stoves are Ecodesign Ready. What does that mean? Any stove or fire carrying the Ecodesign Ready label means it has been verified as meeting the stringent air quality and efficiency standards of the Ecodesign directive, which comes into effect in 2022.
Ecodesign Ready stoves represent the future of wood burning and are vastly more efficient than older stoves and fires, reducing emissions to an absolute minimum. By choosing a Stovax stove or fire that has this label, you can be sure that you’re buying into cutting-edge combustion technology designed to lower emissions to an absolute minimum. As a result, whether you choose the Stovax Stockton 5 or the County 5 wood burning stove, you can expect a high efficiency heat output that uses less logs on average than an open fire.
One thing to consider when choosing a stove or fire is whether you live in a smoke control area. Many parts of the UK are designated as smoke control areas, where you cannot emit smoke from a household chimney. That is, unless you’re burning an authorised fuel for the area you live in or are using an exempt appliance. The good news is that many Stovax stoves and fires are DEFRA approved as standard, and that includes the Stockton 5 and County 5. This means they are both suitable for burning wood as well as smokeless fuels anywhere in the UK.
If space in your living space or fireplace is at a premium, then perhaps you’re also considering a stove with a reduced depth. Well as it happens the Stockton 5 is also available as a wide version for such occasions. The Stockton 5 Wide Fixed Grate Wood and Multi-fuel stoves offer impressive flame visuals, thanks to their landscape burn chamber and large viewing window. The best bit is that it offers the same 5kW Ecodesign Ready performance as the standard Stockton 5, making it an ideal choice for homes that would benefit from its wider front and narrower depth. Plus, with a choice of single or double doors the Stockton 5 Wide Eco can provide an alternative style.
The fixed grate that comes as standard means this stove is designed to predominantly burn wood, but gives the flexibility to occasionally burn smokeless fuels if desired.
Did you know? The Stockton 5 stove is also available as a gas and electric model. If you’re undecided on which fuel type to opt for with your new stove, the Stockton 5 Gas or Stockton 5 Electric could be worth considering. Built from the same high-quality materials as the wood burning models, Gazco Gas and Electric stoves offer all the looks and aesthetic of a real log burner but with the convenience of a gas and electric model.
On the inside, the Stockton 5 Gas stove offers high efficiency heating utilising state-of-the-art gas burners embedded between the highly realistic log-effect. Meanwhile, the Stockton 5 Electric stove features the latest Chromalight® immersive technology to deliver ultra-realistic flame visuals and fuel bed lighting which is enjoyable with or without the heat.
If you like the look and feel of these stoves, but perhaps the size or heat output is not right for your home or fireplace, the good news is that both are available in alternative sizes. While the County 3 wood burning stove provides a compact alternative to the County 5, the Stockton range offers five alternative sizes to the Stockton 5, including the Stockton 5 Wide. Therefore, there’s bound to be an option that is just perfect for your home.
To find out more about our range of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves or fires, speak to your local retailer today. You can find your nearest retailer here.