Stovax Stockton 5 Wide – “Am I getting warmer?”
Tracey Ramsbottom, Yeovil
May 9, 2023
February 2023: “I think we should get a woodburner,” I said to my husband, causing him to blench with horror at the thought of more DIY.
“Absolutely not. That’s not happening”, he replied. “I love that open fire.”
“Yes it’s lovely but 80% of the heat goes up the chimney and only 20% goes into the room”, I said. “Look how many logs we got through during that freezing snap. It can still look lovely with a woodburner. We can’t have the radiators on as much as we used to so we need to heat downstairs in an effective way.”
A beat, while he digests this very practical information; I see the the cogs of understanding begin their inexorable journey towards agreeing with me. Every interior/exterior DIY project begins this way: I have an idea, he refuses, then he goes through the process of visualisation and realisation, with the end result being he does the work required.
Earlier on that month I had visited a local stove showroom, having no knowledge of woodburners at all, to ask lots of basic questions. On seeing a photo of the cast iron open fire we already had (and which husband had installed nearly 20 years earlier), the showroom assistant said it would have to come out – it could not be adapted. “That’s the first obstacle,” I thought, knowing how husband would react. But I knew in time he would come round to the idea – he always does.
I booked a home visit from the showroom to get an idea of costs – the stove, excavating and preparing the fireplace cavity, flue liner etc and knew the tipping point would come when the quote arrived – as expected, the quote was way over our budget. “Think how much we’d save if we prepped it ourselves” I mention. Good timing: he’s warming to the idea – the dreaded DIY part of the operation is no longer such an obstacle, and husband was in agreement – we would excavate and prep the cavity ourselves, buy the stove ourselves and pay a HETAS installer just to do the flue liner and stove installation. I’d already plumped for a Stovax, having seen some working in the showroom, and came home with a pile of brochures. I didn’t want anything too farmhouse-looking but not too modern either.
After lots of online research, I plumped for the Stovax Stockton 5 Wide as it fitted the room decor and I was set on having a stove with a wide glass window.
End Feb 2023: Fireplace removal and excavation. Dust, mess and a vast pile of blocks and bricks that had been in the cavity since the house was built (1918), everything piled up at the side of the house in rubble sacks, trugs and buckets – intention of being loaded into husband’s van and taken to the skips at the site he was working at in Bath (saving money on a skip at home).
Early March 2023: Van breaks down and is off the road for three weeks. Skip has to be ordered for the vast pile of detritus outside the house. Open cavity in front room – I read about chimney balloons that can be used to stop the draught – much drama as husband makes several attempts to inflate and install said balloon – which only loosens more soot and does nothing to stop the draught at all. Three mornings in a row we find the wretched thing on the hearth, it having deflated and come loose. Husband makes a wooden screen to prop into cavity.
Mid March 2023: Installer puts in flue liner and chimney cap so room is no longer freezing cold, we lay new slates in hearth which is now twice as large due to excavations. Husband is a stonemason and the property in Bath he was working on was also having a woodburner fitted – on delivery, it turned out that the owners had also chosen the same Stovax model. He spoke to the stove installer, not mentioning that we were about to install the same stove, to sound him out on Stovax – the installer highly recommended them, which was great to hear. Stroke of luck with the lintel – we thought a new one would have to be installed as the lintel was too low for a woodburner – that turned out to be a second lintel which was easily removed: the original was at precisely the right height, so no need for a new one. Porcelain tiles delivered, tiling fireplace started 18th March; takes next three weekends to complete.
29 March 2023 – Stove delivered.
7 April (Good Friday) 2023 – stove installed.
We are beyond pleased with the Stockton 5 Wide and would recommend Stovax 100%. Its’ heat output is extremely effective, it takes no time to clean and with an ash caddy, the amount of ash/dust to clean up is minimal.
Opening up the fireplace has made the room look bigger too.
Using a stove fan, it circulates enough heat throughout the whole ground floor of the house – meaning getting up in the morning this coming winter will be so much more pleasant, and the cats will be very happy indeed. Husband loves the woodburner and as predicted back in February, thinks it’s (one of) the best ideas he’s ever had.
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