First time buyers

Buying a stove can be a confusing and daunting experience. A huge number of products are available at wildly varying prices. The cost of buying and installing a stove is not insignificant so you will want to feel confident that you are making a good decision based on sound advice.

At Backwoodsman our aim is to guide you through this process as smoothly as possible. We want to ensure that you end up with the right product for your individual requirements and a safe, efficient installation that will give years of good service.

Initially you will want to consider the following points when first working out your needs;-

• The size of room / space to be heated
• The requirements of the stove, e.g. space heating, domestic hot water, central heating
• Flue requirements – is there an existing chimney or will a sectional chimney be required
• The best site for the stove if using a sectional chimney
• What fuel you want to burn
• Any preference for stove style / model
• Other heating systems the stove may work in conjunction with
• The type of installation work required
• Clearance to combustibles and hearth requirements

Site Survey

In the first instance (wherever practical) we always recommend a site survey to enable us to get a clear picture of what you are looking for and what the job specifications entail. There are a number of technical considerations that need to be addressed when supplying and installing a stove and these are best addressed by surveying the site first-hand.

When making a site visit we will discuss your heating requirements with you and take any relevant measurements required for technical drawings such as plotting sectional chimneys. We also use our time on site to look at the specific areas listed point by point above.

Based on the information we have gathered we will then provide a written report and quotation with a recommendation for both stove and installer. We aim to turn our reports around within 5 working days. We generally recommend you leave the decision making part of the process until after you have had your survey and received our report. By this time you will know what size of stove you need and be aware of the various installation requirements of the job. In addition to this we will make a recommendation and provide you with a list of suitable models to choose from which helps to simplify the process considerably.

NOTE! For areas further afield that are less easily accessible – specifically (though not exclusively) the Islands, the Cowal Peninsula and more remote areas of Morvern – we have adopted a very successful Email Survey system. Please contact us for more information on 01631 720539.

For a more detailed break down of information on the above points please click on the FIRST TIME BUYERS PDF