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Introduction to Portway multifuel and Wood burning stoves

Posted on 07 November 2018

Portway multifuel and wood burning stoves began in the early 1800's when the owner of an ironmongery store, Charles Portway, took inspiration from the first enclosed metal stoves. These stoves firstly appeared in North America at the end of the 1700's.

Charles Portway custom designed and built his own stove to heat his Halstead based store. The design proved really successful, so much so that a neighbouring shopkeeper asked Portway to build him a stove to heat his store also. It wasn't long after this that Portway opened up a small foundry manufacturing solid fuel stoves. This foundry became very successful, and they lasted up until the 1980's almost without any change.

Portway's stoves had high efficiency as the stoves burned so slowly that they extracted the maximum amount of heat from the fuel. The stoves were named 'Tortoise' stoves, and they used the motto 'slow but sure'. It was the first heating appliance to offer fuel efficiency as a major selling point. Portway's stoves were used to heat churches and halls, as well as homes and 19th century stoves displaying the iconic 'Tortoise' trademark can still be found today, making it one of the oldest, most resilient products in the history of heating. Even today, at 80% efficiency, Portway stoves are amongst the most efficient multifuel stoves on the market. This means that you need to burn less fuel to get more heat compared to similar products on the market.

 Portway multifuel stoves are capable of burning a wide range of natural and manufactured fuels. Wood is a renewable and carbon-neutral energy source since a tree will use up more carbon during the course of its lifetime than is produced when it is burned. Thus, making the use of wood the most environmentally friendly energy source available today. Both hard woods and soft woods can be used in Portway stoves.

Portway stoves will also burn a number of other fuels such as peat, straw, sawdust briquettes, anthracite, lignite and most natural and manufactured mineral fuels.

Every Portway stove carries independently tested CE Approval to standard EN13240 and are approved for use in smoke free zones when burning anthracite or any other authorised smokeless fuel. They can also be used in smoke free zones in the Republic of Ireland when burning wood or peat briquettes.

Every Portway multifuel or wood burning stove carries the peace of mind of a 10 year guarantee against material and manufacturing defects on the stove body. All cast iron parts are guaranteed for 2 years and any consumable components or glass parts are guaranteed for a period of one year.

Portway stoves use a single pre-heated Airwash system to keep the glass window clean. The design is so clearly simple there is no need for the second, and in some cases third Airwash system included by other stove manufacturers, to provide a clean burning product. 

Portway now offer a direct vent kit which will allow you to draw the correct amount of ventilation directly to the stove without the need for any additional draughty and unsightly air bricks.

The Portway Luxima

One of the stoves from Portway, which Stovesworld will be a stockist of is the Portway Luxima, multifuel stove. It is a tough steel bodied stove, with a large warp-free cast iron door. The door has a bevel design making it stylish, and frames the viewing window beautifully. It offers a clear and unobstructed view of the flames and fuel bed area. This stove is one of Portways latest design, it is a very easy to operate stove, and delivers precision controllability with lengthy burn periods of up to 10 hours. The overall design gives a fresh approach to modern stove aesthetics.

The Luxima is DEFRA approved, otherwise known as Defra Smoke Exempt Appliance, is a wood burning stove which has been tested and passed to the UK Government's Department of Environment, Farming and Rurals Affairs (Defra) criteria for emission levels and the amount of smoke that it will be allowed to produce during all stages of normal operation. A Defra approved stove will therefore always provide the minimum level of combustion air, so the wood burns efficiently without producing unnecessary smoke, thus ensuring the appliance complies with the Clean Air Act.

The Luxima has an efficiency of 75.4% and has a top or rear flue outlet. You can use a maximum log length of 400mm, it also has a large and easy to carry ashpan. Stovesworld will be expecting the Luxima at the end of November, where it will be on live display for all to come and see.

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