Louise Parkin, Stockton 6, semi-detached brick Victorian property,
Louise Parkin wanted to add some warmth to their family living room before her baby was born.
October 30, 2015
Q. Please briefly describe your renovation project including the style and age of your property.
A. We decided when we discovered we were pregnant that we would replace the kitchen and redecorate the lounge, also deciding to reveal the fireplace that had been blocked off by previous owners. We live in an 1890s semi-detached brick Victorian property, with an open-plan kitchen living room that gets really cold in winter.
Q. How long did the project take?
A. The entire project took three months, and was not quite complete when our baby was born.
Q. Please give the make, model and size of your fire or stove – also is it woodburning only or multi-fuel?
A. We have a multi-fuel Stockton 6.
Q. How long have you wanted a fire/stove?
A. We have always wanted a stove.
Q. What were the key reasons for installing a fire/stove? For example were you motivated by ambience, environmental, cost, style and/or warmth?
A. We wanted to create a more cosy room with a proper feature fireplace that would look good and also provide extra warmth – especially with a baby on the way.
Q. What drew you to your particular model?
A. We like the simple exterior of the Stockton range, without fussy detail.
Q. What type of installation do you have (including the flue)?
A. We had a Duraflue chimney liner installed, and a flue although I can’t remember size of it. We also had the chimney rebuilt and pointed. It was a standard installation.
Q. Describe the journey to owning your own stove. Was it enjoyable, straight forward, more reasonable/expensive than you thought, did you find a retailer and an installer easily and locally? Did you have to wait long for the fire/stove and the installation?
A. We bought the stove and flue from Chatsworth Fireplaces in Rowsley who we found to be very helpful. We had the stove for a couple of months before it was installed, as we wanted to wait until the kitchen was almost fitted. We also needed to wait for the builder to rebuild the chimney. The stove fitting went well, although the installation of the liner was dramatic as there was a high wind and the installer was at the top of the scaffold. I think he was a bit frightened.
Q. Why did you install it into your living room?
A. Because that is where we spend most of our time, and we wanted to warm it up a bit.
Q. Has the fire/stove changed your lifestyle in any way?
A. It makes for a far more cosy experience and we love spending lazy days with the baby playing in the living room and reading to him.
You can also view Louise Parkin’s testimonial.
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Stockton 6 Wood Burning Stoves & Multi-fuel Stoves
The superb combination of size and heating capacity make the Stovax Stockton 6 multi-fuel stove particularly versatile. It is produced as a wood burning stove (easily adapted to multi-fuel use with the optional riddling grate kit).