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04 June 2015

An Ecco Stove Case Study

A simple and natural renewable home heating solution-burning wood logs.

The Client

In October 2014 after a response from a magazine advertisement in the national press we were called to a farmhouse in the Monmouthshire countryside. A most stunning, if not exposed property nestled into the hillsides overlooking the black mountains.

Our prospective farmer client wanted a wood burning stove in his very spacious kitchen / sitting room area and had heard the Ecco Stove could heat much more than just this very large space without over heating the initial room.

The Task

The Object of the exercise was to heat from the kitchen / sitting room, through into the galleried hallway, across the hallway into the dining room and of course up the stairway into at least three of the six bedrooms. The total area to heat was 240m².

The installation went ahead after a visit by our surveyor to the home as well as a visit to our showrooms and workshops, the preferred colour match and the E730 oval Ecco Stove chosen. (Charcoal body with grey fittings)

The Execution

The stove was built onsite within an hour and our clients (Chris & Rachel) own Hetas engineer installed the twin wall flue on the same day. The stove was fired up and left gently running. Mild weather followed for the next two weeks with no reports back of performance or success. The weather turned and the phone calls started – every two days.

Our customer was achieving not only the heating in the areas we had quoted for 240m², but actually the conservatory, corridor and the other bedrooms.( a total of 330m²) This was a 37% larger area than we had quoted.

Chris & Rachel installed air source heat pumps two years prior to halve his heating costs from £3130 to £1775. Bearing in mind they initially only wanted a wood burning stove to heat his large kitchen / sitting room area, they has managed to halve their heat pump running costs as well, from £1775 to £976. So pleased with the home heating contribution the E730 has made, they have since installed our largest model, the Ecco Stove E850 in their barn / workshops. We expect the E730 stove to have paid for itself in 3 years.

Year Heating Source Central Heating Running Costs Cost Reduction P/back of system cost
2012 Propane Central Heating £3130    
2013 Air Source Heat Pump £1775 44% 7 years
2014 Ecco Stove £976 Further 45% 3 years