Stoves are enclosed heated spaces in which fuel is burned to provide heating, either to heat the space in which the stoves are situated or to heat the stoves themselves, and items placed on them. The earliest stoves were used primarily for cooking purposes. 

Coal stoves were the most common stoves for heating in the industrial world for almost a century and a half, burning coal as it burns at a much higher temperature than wood. Today coal stoves have largely been abandoned, unless smokeless fuel is used, because of environmental concerns and the requirements of the Clean Air Act. 

As concerns about air pollution, deforestation, and climate change have increased, new efforts have been made to improve the design of stoves. Portway features a range of Smoke Control Exempt stoves which are based on the original energy efficiency concept of Charles Portway, dubbed the ‘founding father of energy efficiency’ due to the success of his first stoves in the early 1800’s. 

The beauty behind the success of Portway’s stoves was in their efficiency and they burned so slowly that they extracted the maximum amount of heat from the fuel they burned. They were named ‘Tortoise’ stoves and proudly produced with the motto ‘Slow but Sure’ displayed on the front. These were the first heating appliances to offer fuel efficiency as a major selling point making their role in the development of stoves of great significance today. 

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 them one of the oldest, most resilient products in the history of heating. 

Today, Portway stoves are amongst the most efficient multifuel stoves on the market, boasting efficiencies of 75%+.They are also extremely economical to run as wood and anthracite still remain the cheapest fuel types available. Portway stoves can easily burn for ten hours or more on a single filling of natural anthracite or other suitable fuel. Each stove is made from 96% easily recyclable material and all cast parts, such as doors and grates, are manufactured from 70% recycled iron. 

There are models in the Portway stoves collection to suit all sizes of houses, offered in contemporary or traditional designs, as mulitfuel stoves and some as dedicated wood burners. All the appliances are Class A rated. 

Portway stoves are British manufactured by BFM Europe and the full collection can be viewed by clicking the Portway logo at the top of this page.