Call me bonkers, but they couldn’t have come at a better time. With heating engineers more likely to be twiddling their thumbs over the summer months, you’ll have no trouble getting the job booked in, and might even get a bit of a discount on the installation. I know what Kevin Bacon would say…
Worcester offers two distinctive stoves named after two Worcestershire villages.
The Bewdley, which has a clean, modern look, is available in 3kW, 5kW and 8kW models – the one you choose will depend on the size of the space to be heated. It’s made from steel, which means it will heat up quickly, and has an optional log store base.
Country cutie the Hanbury is made of cast iron, meaning it will take longer to warm up but will maintain the heat long after your fire has gone out. It comes in a choice of 4kW, 5kW and 8kW outputs. The 4kW option is an impressive 86% efficient.
Both have clean-burn technology so that more heat is given out into the room, and less emissions are sent up into the flue. They’re also DEFRA exempt, which means you can install one even if you live in a smoke-control area.You can expect to pay anywhere between £2,000 and £5,000 all in for either design, depending on the complexity of the installation. For example, you could place your stove in an existing chimney, but it will need to be lined if it hasn’t been already.
If you don’t have a chimney, a pre-fabricated flue can be put in to take away the smoke, etc (see below), but this will cost more.You’ll also need a suitable base to place it on, but Sue Pennington from Worcester has a top tip on where to get one. She approached a local funeral director to supply her with a beautiful offcut of marble for her stove
If you’re interested in having a Worcester stove in your home, you can find more details and track down your nearest HETAS approved installer by calling 0330 123 2445, or visiting worcester-bosch.co.uk. AmyTweet