We like to work with local businesses where possible, using British-manufactured products. Our recommendations are below.
This is where we buy our slate and lintels. The team at Burgess are a friendly lot, and always do their best to track down what we need. Their slate is good quality, easy to work with and looks great as a decorative hearth.
Their number is 01869 346 347
They also do a great line in reclaimed railway sleepers…a lovely place to potter around on a Sunday afternoon!
This is where we send a lot of our customers who want to see an Aga Wenlock in real life, rather than on the internet. They also have Stovax and Yeoman stoves on site, and Ray, the stove chap up there, is always hugely helpful.
We prefer buying our stoves from an actual shop, rather than on-line, as it seems much less stressful to sort out details such as delivery, or if stoves have any missing handles or whatever (which is rare, but does happen). We’re happy to collect stoves (free of charge) on behalf of our customers who buy their stoves from FN Pile’s, but we always prefer our customers to deal with the shop directly when it comes to payment.
The telephone number for FN Pile’s is 01295 211 790.
This is where we buy our coal and sometimes our wood from (I say sometimes, because we often cut and log our own). There’s a great team at Red Horse, and have been known to send their coal man out on a special trip just to save houses who’ve run short.
We’ve had them deliver to us for ten years now, and the quality of the fuel has always been spot on. The delivery chaps also don’t mind carrying the coal right round our house to the bunker, which means we don’t have to do any shovelling.
The phone number for Red Horse is 01926 642 832
One of our favourite stoves manufacturers are Clearview, simply because their stoves are so easy to use and control (we actually have two in our own house). The Clearview dealer for North Oxfordshire is Iron and Wood, in Banbury. We’ve know the chap who runs it, Simon, for almost ten years, and his shop is stuffed full of beautiful baskets and fireplace accessories as well as stoves. As with FN Pile’s, we’ll collect a stove from Iron and Wood free of charge and we can liaise between you and the shop. Simon does run his own fitting service, and we always make sure we can offer the same services at a competitive in price.
Iron and Wood’s telephone number is 01295 253 936
We love GEM! They have a great team who always go the extra mile to make sure we’ve got what we need for the job. We hire cherry pickers, tower scaffolding and various tools from them, and they have never let us down. Everything we hire is in decent, working order, and they make it easy to collect and drop off things.
GEM’s phone number is 01295 253 135
We couldn’t do what we do without such great suppliers behind us, so thanks very much all, we appreciate you!