New wood burning stove for Essex barn conversion

When Paul Crayfourd and his wife Lorraine chose to renovate a 19th century barn in Bicknacre, Essex, they knew the project was going to be a challenging process. However, when it came to selecting a wood burning stove as a centrepiece for the lounge, they knew exactly what they were after and headed straight to Bentley Fire Shop to talk through their ideas.

When the couple were asked what type of model they were after, Paul said: “Before we visited the shop, we were keen on installing a Scandinavian style of stove – mainly because the designs are so striking and make a real impression. Bentley had a great selection on display in their showroom and, after seeing the Scan 58-3 wood burner, we knew it would be perfect for our property.”

The 5.5kW Scan 58-3 wood burner is a concept from one of Denmark’s leading designers, with the ground breaking model receiving the international Reddot design award. It features a distinctive elliptical shape to create an incredible glass view and this contemporary feature, in particular, stood out to Paul:

“Many of the Scandinavian models can look quite similar, but the Scan has a distinctive wraparound glass door, which means you can see the flames from different angles. We thought that feature would be great for our lounge, allowing everyone to sit around the stove and see the fire burning.”

During the renovation of the barn, Paul and Lorraine chose to utilise an underfloor heating system throughout the property. The Scan 58-3 stove was installed to supplement the heating, although the couple have been really impressed with the stove’s output:

“After running the stove for a month or so in autumn, we haven’t felt the need to turn on the heating, as the stove produces enough warmth for much of the house. We will see if we need them both during the winter, but the fire gives great warmth, beauty and that homely smell.”

Once the Crayfourds had arranged to install the Scan 58-3, they stocked up on seasoned wood for the winter but, in addition, chose to purchase a supply of heatlogs. Explaining the decision, Paul said: “We have a log store which (hopefully) has enough in it to see us through the winter but, after doing some research, we decided to try heatlogs as well. They’re a great alternative to wood, especially as they burn really well and don’t need cutting to size – which makes them a lot more convenient.”

From the outset, Bentley Fire Shop was fully involved with the installation of the Scan 58-3. Following the initial consultation in the showroom, one of the company’s experienced surveyors visited the Crayfourd’s home to talk through the options for the installation. This included discussing the flueing arrangements, as well the decision to install a glass hearth at the base of the Scan 58-3.

Complementing Bentley on their overall service, Paul said: “We’d certainly use Bentley Fire Shop again, that’s for sure. From the initial advice in the shop, through to the installation, they’ve provided a great service and we’re really pleased with the outcome.”