About Us - BFM Europe Ltd

About Us

Portway multifuel and wood burning stoves began in the early 1800’s when the owner of an ironmongery store took inspiration from the very first enclosed metal stoves which first appeared in North America at the end of the 1700’s and custom built his own stove to heat his Halstead based store.

Charles Portway’s design proved to be so successful that a neighbouring shopkeeper asked Portway to build a stove to heat his store also. Soon afterwards Portway set up a small foundry manufacturing solid fuel stoves that were so successful they lasted up to the 1980’s almost without any change.

The beauty behind the success of Portway’s stoves was in their efficiency. The stoves burned so slowly that they extracted the maximum amount of heat from the fuel. The stoves were named ‘Tortoise’ stoves and proudly produced with the motto ‘Slow but Sure’ displayed on the front. It was the first heating appliance to offer fuel efficiency as a major selling point making its role in the development of our industry of great significance today. Robert Higgs, the chief executive of the Heating and Ventilating contractors association argues the Portway was the “founding father of energy efficiency”.

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 upto 84% 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 our stoves.

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

Each stove is made from 96% easily recyclable material and all cast parts, such as doors and grates, are manufactured from 70% recycled iron.

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 authorized smokeless fuel. They can also be used in smoke free zones in the Republic of Ireland when burning wood or peat briquettes.

Portway stoves are designed, manufactured, tested and independently approved to British Standards. The Portway brand holds a reputation for excellent quality, operational reliability, and high performance efficiency. Our stoves are reliable and efficient, that is why we offer a 10 Year Guarantee for complete peace of mind reassurance



Complete peace of mind

Ecodesign 2022

Portways next generation of Clean Burn Stoves deliver exceptional standards for fuel efficiency and ultra-low emissions. These high performance stoves ensure smoke emissions and particulates are minimised to exceed impending clean air environmental restrictions for installation suitability into urban and rural areas.

Complete peace of mind

Testing & Certification


Our Gas stoves are independently tested to BS EN 613, approved and verified by the British Standards Institution (BSI). BSI is an independent organisation and are internationally recognised for their technical expertise, quality services and in-depth knowledge of gas and electrical testing certification. The wide-ranging capability of their testing facilities and the broad expertise and knowledge of their staff ensures our products are rigorously tested with the utmost integrity.

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Solid Fuel Stoves

Multifuel and Woodburning Stoves carry a 10* year guarantee against material and manufacturing defects on the stove body. Cast iron parts are guaranteed for 2 years. Consumable components and glass parts are guaranteed for a period of 1 year against material defects, and are subject to the terms and conditions as specified in the guarantee document supplied with the product.

Complete peace of mind

DEFRA Smoke Exemption

Exemption is only given to independently tested appliances that demonstrate excellent clean burning combustion standards when burning wood and authorised smokeless fuels in a Smoke Control Area. Portway Stoves are so efficient and clean burning they have received the Clean Air Act Approval from DEFRA. Portway Stoves can also be used in smoke free zones in the Republic of Ireland when burning wood or peat briquettes.

Complete peace of mind

Ecodesign Compliant

This logo signifies that Portway Gas products are fully compliant with the Eco design directive Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1188.




Gas stoves

Gas stoves carry a 10 year guarantee against manufacturing and material defects including parts and labour, and is subject to Portway’s conditions of guarantee. These include an annual service and annual replacement of the oxypilot assembly.

Soild Fuel Stoves

Harnessing the power of nature by burning natural fuels, Portway’s range of Multifuel and Woodburning Stoves are dependable, clean burning appliances designed to provide your home with an effective controllable level of heat. The benefits of running a solid fuel stove are numerous.


Fuel & Efficiency

Environmental sense

Burning wood is friendly to the environment. Choosing wood to heat our homes helps us to preserve fossil fuel levels and protect valuable earth resources for our future. Replanted trees grown for fuel provide a healthy selfsustaining fuel source, and a positive way to reduce CO2 emissions that are harmful to the environment. Using correctly seasoned wood will increase heat output. New timber is not recommended as it carries excessive moisture and can produce unwanted smoke emissions.

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Naturally efficient

Portway’s R&D team has invested in developing and refining technology to meet the key objective of producing stoves that not only save energy but, as a result, keep running costs down. Our stoves carry a minimum Class A rating with energy efficiencies of up to 84%. To achieve the cleanest burn time with maximum efficiency performance we recommend burning natural hard wood logs, and manufactured approved smokeless fuels. Portway stoves can also burn a wide range of other fuels including anthracite, peat briquettes, and other mineral fuels

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Genuine warmth

Portway Multifuel and Woodburning Stoves will provide you with warmth like no other energy source. Every burn period produces long lasting radiant heat that will maintain your comfort levels whilst returning high efficiency with low emissions when burning natural and renewable fuels.





Gas Stoves

For immediate warmth and comfort a Portway gas stove will fit right into your busy lifestyle providing instant heat with no mess, no fuss and no reloading of fuel. At the push of a button you can instantly create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.



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Easy to use

Controllability with convenience. Fuss free with no mess. Just a few of the many advantages of installing a High Efficiency gas stove from Portway. Operated by a fully automatic remote control handset, you set the temperature you want in your room whilst enjoying a highly realistic log fuel bed and flame pattern giving the look and feel of a real wood burning stove. Simple.

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Efficiency

Our R & D team continually develop gas technology to achieve the highest possible efficiency standards. Our gas stoves are designed for simple installation into homes with or without a conventional chimney or flue, and can achieve impressive energy efficiencies of up to 84.2%. Portway is a brand with heritage and a reputation for the build quality and reliability of our appliances. BFM Europe has always had a reputation as a manufacturer of some of the most efficient gas fires on the market and now we are setting new industry standards with the Portway range of High Efficiency gas stoves - exceptional heat output combined with lower running costs compared to standard gas stoves.

Fuel & Efficiency

Safety

Your safety is our concern. All Portway products undergo rigorous testing and certification designed to both meet and exceed current legislation and, more importantly, to give you complete peace of mind. Our stoves are independently tested, approved and verified by the British Standards Institution (BSI) an independent testing authority recognised internationally for their technical expertise, quality services and in depth knowledge of gas testing and certification. In addition, our gas stoves carry independently tested CE Approval to standard BS EN 613 and are fully compliant with the Eco design directive Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1188.

BFM Europe design, manufacture and supply gas fires, electric fires and solid fuel stoves.

We are the fastest growing gas fire manufacturer in the country with an unequalled reputation for quality and service. Our success is due to a combination of an uncompromising attitude to design and manufacturing standards and an unprecedented investment in technology and personnel.

The company is based in Stoke-on-Trent with a 51,000 sq ft purpose-built plant, housing the most up-to-date manufacturing, sales, and training facilities in the industry, including the latest CNC sheet metal technology that guarantees precision engineering An experienced R&D department, constantly developing innovative products and pushing the boundaries of technology and aesthetics.


About BFM Europe


"At BFM Europe we know how important it is to create a stylish and relaxing living environment. That's why we have developed this collection of fires and stoves to suit all tastes and purposes. I believe our success stems from a combination of innovative design, investment in technology, and the highest quality manufacturing standards. This website has been designed to make the purchase of your new fire as simple as possible. I hope you find it both informative and inspiring." Michael Miller, Managing Director


We Are Different

  • British Manufacturing
  • A Purpose-Built Facility
  • Product Tested & Certified by BSI
  • Extended Manufacturer Warranties
  • Experienced Retailer Network
  • 8 Unique Brands

    Today BFM Europe design and manufacture gas fires and electric fires under eight established consumer brands - Kinder, Flavel, Verine, Global, Kohlangaz, The Collection by Michael Miller, Celsi, and Portway, with products covering a large range of heating related items.

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