‘Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start’ – thanks Julie Andrews.
Papa, aka Billy Bonk, founded Bonk & Co in 1976 with the simple aim of selling a more effective and efficient way of burning wood. Increasingly frustrated with his hugely inefficient open fire lead him down the path to where we now find ourselves today, improving the way we heat our homes.
His original research found that a wood burning stove produced 3 times more heat, but consumed a third of the firewood. At the start, he kept it simple, selling only a limited number of good value, well-made stoves that would be fit for purpose, and he made every effort to offer a great personal customer service.
Over the last 4 decades, our wood burning stoves may have become more efficient, cleaner burning and better looking but the original family principles remain at the heart of everything we do. What is really satisfying is now the third generation of our family is leading us into our 5th decade, and it is the third generation of those original pioneering customers who are now coming back for more.
We sell our 1st wood burning stove
We open the first dedicated wood burning stove showroom in scotland
Fed up with wasting time and fuel on his rubbish open fire, Papa set about finding a solution that would change our lives forever. After reading a newspaper article offering the chance to become a wood burning stove agent, he took the plunge, installed one in our family home and Bonk & Co was born!
We move across the firth to relocate in Inverness city centre
Awarded a royal warrant by her majesty the queen
Andrew was 16 when he met his first stove and it was love at ‘first sight’. 10 years later, recently married and now a father himself, fate threw him an opportunity, and he found himself running the family business.
Billy Bonk retires
Edinburgh showroom opens
Alex is the 3rd generation to be raised by the ‘stoves family’ and from a very young age he was never in doubt about joining the family business. In 2009, Alex came on board full time to work alongside his dad, and together in early 2011, they launched Bonk & Co Edinburgh.
We believe that being helpful is easier than not, and it just comes naturally to us!
We have learnt over the years that we have one mouth and two ears for a reason, which is why we make listening to our customers a priority, even if sometimes it can be hard to hear.
Sometimes a cliché, and often too easy to say, but going above and beyond for our customers is part of our DNA and we are actually pretty good at it now!
Simple, we only sell the best quality products we can and offer a service to match.
Often the hardest people to love, but the people who bring you the most joy, we believe our customers are our family. And while we might find it hard to always show it, we do love you lots!
We really do love what we do, and having fun within the company and with our customers is fundamental to how we work on a day-to-day basis.
Stove wisdom is only available to a select few experienced, dedicated and passionate people, but luckily we managed to bottle it up and we use it to sweeten the company coffee!
We believe buying a stove should be enjoyable! So from our initial chat, to delivering warmth and joy into your home, we promise to make your journey with us one to remember!!
The head of the Bonk & Co family, he is very well respected and loved by all. He is also the guy you want on your team if you are playing trivial pursuits!
Deborah occasionally sells stoves in her spare time, but her real passion is for searching through local auction houses for her latest piece of artwork for the walls at home.
I love the modern look, especially in white. Oh and it rotates, which makes it a great showpiece!
It can be difficult to keep up with Alex, everyday there is always some new product or adventure to be explored. But it does give us plenty to talk about during our coffee breaks! He is also the proud 'father' to Phoebe, the Bonk & Co labrador #thebonkdog
The Harrie Leenders Boxer Plus
Its unrivaled combustion techniques and storage capabilities make the Boxer Plus the purest heating appliance on the market. In my opinion the best wood burning stove ever made!
Accounts / Admin
Organisation is Emma's game, and keeping the Edinburgh office in order is her forte! Outside of the office, you will find her walking Pheobe along 'The Big Strand' on the Isle of Islay - her favourite place in Scotland!
Nothing I say will do this stove justice, but I do think I would appreciate it more if it was installed at home...PLEASE??
Anna is one of those annoying people that likes to run & bike in her spare time, and often competes in endurance races to really rub it in our faces!! But this gives her great energy around the office, which we all appreciate and really lover about her!
I love the quality, the looks and the performance...simple!
There is nothing Jeanne likes more than a well organised system. Keeping things running smoothly is her forte. In her spare time you will find her in front of a larger screen, watching one of her favourite movies from her extensive DVD collection.
The RAIS Viva 120
Just open and close the door, you can feel the quality. And have you seen the choice of colours?
Leenders Boxer Plus
I have it at home, need I say any more!
Reagan is our in house technical guru, he can custom design you a flue system using 3D software or build you a Master Chief Halo battle suit from Papier-mâché if that's what you’re into.
The Stuv 30 Compact
With its precision engineering, and 3 different burning chambers built into one stove, it is a technical marvel! Only Tony Stark's Iron Man suit comes close!!
Scott is our all active adventure warrior in Inverness, when he's not conquering Total Warriors or Tough Mudders he's blazing a trail in the showroom!
Harrie Leenders Stor
It’s strong, high quality build and design really shows the craftsmanship that goes into their stoves.
Fergus a.k.a the 'brand builder' looks after all things to do with our brand. When not in the Bonk & Co Studio, you’ll find him in tucked away in the corner of a coffee shop, planning our next big idea!
Its quality ceramic concrete panels and great industrial look gives me weak knees.
Warehouse & Logistics
When Ken isn't organising the Bonk & Co warehouses and spending time in his garden, you will find him roaming the shores of Loch Ness, searching for that dream home!
With its simple styling and easy to control airbox, it is its big output that blows me away every time!
Carol heads up the accounts at Bonk & Co, and is the most colourful member of the team...literally! Outside of the books, Carol is usually found outdoors, at the wild and wonderful Cape Wrath in Durness.
Well, I do think its a shame it doesn't come in pink or purple, but nonetheless, why wouldn’t you...its fab!
Leenders Pharos Interior
This is my dream fire, futuristic and sleek. I love that it comes in polished chrome as well!
Fraser works tirelessly getting all the small details just right to make every installation special.
Put simply, it's engineered one-piece body creates beautiful fluid lines and undisturbed views of the whole stove from any angle. It really has to be seen to be appreciated!
Big window and a big presence. It also rotates 360°
Hard working and enthusiastic, Jamie is part of the Bonk family through and through.
Rais Visio 3
3 sides of fire, who wouldn't want that!
Phoebe is our beloved office dog and the in-house Bonk & Co model. She loves nothing better to do than kick back in her own office chair, making sure we are all hard at work. But her real passion is getting out in the wild and in front of the camera, that's why we pay her the big bucks!
Its my favorite stove at home, especially as it can light and refuel itself...just like magic!
Cece joined the Bonk team in late 2017 and provides great pawsitivity to the staff. Usually based in Inverness but makes the occasional trip to Edinburgh to give us pointers...
Barbas Box Gas 55
Finally a great freestanding stove that looks like the real thing but connects straight to the mains gas feed.
Explore the Bonk Timeline
This is where it all started back in 1976, from the garage at Drynie House on the Black Isle, just outside Inverness.
It took us a while, but back in 1977 we sold our first stove - an Efel Kamina 10kW...what a beauty!
On the 17th of February 1978, Bonk & Co was incorporated and officially became Bonk & Co Ltd. Onward and upward!
The company was incorporated and Bonk & Co Ltd. was created based in North Kessock, only connected to Inverness by a ferry at that time.
Bonk & Co open Scotland's first dedicated wood burning stove showroom.
We start selling Charnwood Stoves, based on the Isle of Wight. We start with their Beacon stove.
We exhibit at The Royal Highland Show, displaying the first automated wood chip boiler to be seen in Scotland - a Passat HO boiler from Denmark.
We installed a 250,000 BTU Passat HO wood chip boiler in Aberdeenshire, the first in Scotland.
Clearview stove, made in Shropshire became the latest addition to the Bonk & Co range, starting with 750.
William's eldest son Andrew joined the company for 12 months as part of his business degree.
The showroom moved to Tomnahurich Street in Inverness for the first time.
We were awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen for renovations at the Balmoral Estate.
The directors of Bonk & Co attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Charnwood release the Country range, a totally new design incorporating a folded steel body, clean burn system and a multi fuel grate.
Bonk & Co moves from Tomnahurich Street in Inverness to Harbour Road where you will still find them today.
Billy Bonk retires.
Bonk & Co provides Selkirk flue and chimney systems for the crew whilst filming the BBC reality TV show based on the island of Taransay.
Charnwood launch the Premier Dealer network, which Bonk & Co was at the forefront in Scotland
The financial crisis hit hard leading to increased gas and oil prices causing a dramatic surge in demand for wood burning stoves.
Alex - the third generation of the stoves family joins the company.
Bonk & Co became Harrie Leenders retailers in Scotland, selling our first Pharos Interior to a house in East Lothian
Bonk & Co have a refresh of the original logo.
Bonk Edinburgh opens for business.
Bonk & Co exhibit at the Ideal Homes Show in Glasgow alongside Clearview Stoves
Bonk & Co start a successful relationship with Homes and Interiors Scotland, featuring in their Ask The Experts section.
Pheobe the dog joins the Bonk & Co team
We create our in house photo studio and the Bonk marketing department is created
Bonk & Co undergoes a complete rebrand, #thestovesfamily is born
Pheobe turns 1yr old and has a her first Christmas modelling shoot.
Harrie Leenders launches the Fältovn camping stove, sparking interest amongst staff and customers here at Bonk!
Bonk and Harrie Leenders take off on a trip together into the Scottish highlands, taking in the sights all kept warm by the Fältovn of course!
The Bonk website launches featuring the new branding, in depth product detail and all of our well known How To Videos