I came across this rather attractive and elegant stove in a thatch property in Radwinter the other day. It is manufactured by a company called Hamlet Stoves and is not a make I had come across previously; hence its insertion in my weekly blog. Hamlet Stoves are a Devon based company that was set up in 1966, by a married couple Rode and George. The companies engineering works are actually based in Axminster, which of course is famous for its carpet manufacturing industry. The company is noted for their Hardy and DEFRA ranges of stoves, all of which have a blend of contemporary and traditional features.
The occupier told me that the stove provides excellent heat in what is a rather large lounge and which he said can get rather cold in the winter. He went on to say that the stove had been alight every day all through winter and was frequently the sole source of heating for the room. Consequently, upon cleaning, the stove flue was found to be rather dirty; however although a large quantity of soot was removed, it was of a very fine consistency showing that the stove had been operated correctly at its optimum performance.
In conversation with the occupier I discovered that the stove had been supplied and fitted by Will Parker of Thaxted Stoves. He told me that Thaxted Stoves had additionally built up the chimney so it was well away from the thatch and had further increased the height by adding a half meter tall chimney pot. I had to admit that it was a very neat and tidy job.
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