Our Story

Our Story

‘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.


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Flame

1977

We sell our 1st wood burning stove

1978

We open the first dedicated wood burning stove showroom in scotland

William Bonk

WilliamAKA 'Billy Bonk'

knowledge

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!

Dad Bonk

1988

We move across the firth to relocate in Inverness city centre

1989

Awarded a royal warrant by her majesty the queen

Andrew

knowledge

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.

2000

Billy Bonk retires

2011

Edinburgh showroom opens

Alex Bonk

Alex

knowledge

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.

Eight Reasons to Choose Us

Helpfulness

Helpfulness

We believe that being helpful is easier than not, and it just comes naturally to us!

Listening

Listening

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.

Caring

Caring

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!

Quality

Quality

Simple, we only sell the best quality products we can and offer a service to match.

Family

Family

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!

Fun

Fun

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.

Wisdom

Wisdom

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!

Journey

Journey

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!!

Meet The Team

  • Andrew

    Andrew

    Andrew

    Managing Director

    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!

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Clearview Pioneer 400 and Charnwood Cove 2 (I am the boss so I can choose 2)



    And Why?

    Both offer great quality, controllability, are now classic designs, and I have both at home...what more could you want?!

  • Deborah

    Deborah

    Deborah

    Company Director

    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.

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Harrie Leenders Fuga eL



    And Why?

    I love the modern look, especially in white. Oh and it rotates, which makes it a great showpiece!

  • Alex

    Alex

    Alex

    Company Director

    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

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Harrie Leenders Boxer Plus



    And Why?

    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!

  • Emma

    Emma

    Emma

    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!

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Harrie Leenders Pharos Interior



    And Why?

    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

    Anna

    Anna

    Sales

    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!

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Clearview Pioneer Oven



    And Why?

    I love the quality, the looks and the performance...simple!

  • Jeanne

    Jeanne

    Jeanne

    Installations Manager

    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.

    What is your favourite stove?

    The RAIS Viva 120



    And Why?

    Just open and close the door, you can feel the quality. And have you seen the choice of colours?

  • Darrell

    Darrell

    Darrell

    Installation Director

    What is your favourite stove?

    Leenders Boxer Plus



    And Why?

    I have it at home, need I say any more!

  • Reagan

    Reagan

    Reagan

    Sales

    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.

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Stuv 30 Compact



    And Why?

    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

    Scott

    Scott

    Sales

    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!

    What is your favourite stove?

    Harrie Leenders Stor



    And Why?

    It’s strong, high quality build and design really shows the craftsmanship that goes into their stoves.

  • Fergus

    Fergus

    Fergus

    Marketing

    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!

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Harrie Leenders Mats



    And Why?

    Its quality ceramic concrete panels and great industrial look gives me weak knees.

  • Ken

    Ken

    Ken

    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!

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Charnwood Cove 3



    And Why?

    With its simple styling and easy to control airbox, it is its big output that blows me away every time!

  • Carol

    Carol

    Carol

    Accounts

    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.

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Harrie Leenders Pharos Interior



    And Why?

    Well, I do think its a shame it doesn't come in pink or purple, but nonetheless, why wouldn’t you...its fab!

  • Olaf

    Olaf

    Olaf

    Installations

    What is your favourite stove?

    Leenders Pharos Interior



    And Why?

    This is my dream fire, futuristic and sleek. I love that it comes in polished chrome as well!

  • Fraser

    Fraser

    Fraser

    Installations

    Fraser works tirelessly getting all the small details just right to make every installation special.

    What is your favourite stove?

    Rais Pilar



    And Why?

    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!

  • Isak

    Isak

    Isak

    Installations

    What is your favourite stove?

    Leenders Stor



    And Why?

    Big window and a big presence. It also rotates 360°

  • Jamie

    Jamie

    Jamie

    Installation

    Hard working and enthusiastic, Jamie is part of the Bonk family through and through.

    What is your favourite stove?

    Rais Visio 3



    And Why?

    3 sides of fire, who wouldn't want that!

  • Phoebe

    Phoebe

    Phoebe

    #thebonkdog

    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!

    What is your favourite stove?

    The Charnwood Bay 5 GT



    And Why?

    Its my favorite stove at home, especially as it can light and refuel itself...just like magic!

  • Cece

    Cece

    Cece

    HR

    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...

    What is your favourite stove?

    Barbas Box Gas 55



    And Why?

    Finally a great freestanding stove that looks like the real thing but connects straight to the mains gas feed.

Our History

Explore the Bonk Timeline

The Start

1976 - The Start

This is where it all started back in 1976, from the garage at Drynie House on the Black Isle, just outside Inverness.

First Stoves Sold

1977 - First Stoves Sold

It took us a while, but back in 1977 we sold our first stove - an Efel Kamina 10kW...what a beauty!

Bonk&Co Ltd Begins!

1978 - Bonk&Co Ltd Begins!

On the 17th of February 1978, Bonk & Co was incorporated and officially became Bonk & Co Ltd. Onward and upward!

1st Dedicated Stove Showroom in Scotland

1978 - 1st Dedicated Stove Showroom in Scotland

The company was incorporated and Bonk & Co Ltd. was created based in North Kessock, only connected to Inverness by a ferry at that time.

First stove showroom

1978 - First stove showroom

Bonk & Co open Scotland's first dedicated wood burning stove showroom.

We start selling Charnwood Stoves

1978 - We start selling Charnwood Stoves

We start selling Charnwood Stoves, based on the Isle of Wight. We start with their Beacon stove.

Royal Highland Show

1979 - Royal Highland Show

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.

Wood Chip Boilers

1980 - Wood Chip Boilers

We installed a 250,000 BTU Passat HO wood chip boiler in Aberdeenshire, the first in Scotland.

First Clearview Stoves

1987 - First Clearview Stoves

Clearview stove, made in Shropshire became the latest addition to the Bonk & Co range, starting with 750.

Andrew joins the company

1987 - Andrew joins the company

William's eldest son Andrew joined the company for 12 months as part of his business degree.

Tomnahurich Street

1987 - Tomnahurich Street

The showroom moved to Tomnahurich Street in Inverness for the first time.

Royal Warrant Granted

1989 - Royal Warrant Granted

We were awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen for renovations at the Balmoral Estate.

Royal Garden Party

1990 - Royal Garden Party

The directors of Bonk & Co attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Country Range

1992 - Country Range

Charnwood release the Country range, a totally new design incorporating a folded steel body, clean burn system and a multi fuel grate.

Harbour road

1996 - Harbour road

Bonk & Co moves from Tomnahurich Street in Inverness to Harbour Road where you will still find them today.

Billy Bonk Retires

2000 - Billy Bonk Retires

Billy Bonk retires.

Castaway

2000 - Castaway

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 Premier Dealer

2003 - Charnwood Premier Dealer

Charnwood launch the Premier Dealer network, which Bonk & Co was at the forefront in Scotland

Growth in the stove market

2008 - Growth in the stove market

The financial crisis hit hard leading to increased gas and oil prices causing a dramatic surge in demand for wood burning stoves.

Alex joins Bonk

2009 - Alex joins Bonk

Alex - the third generation of the stoves family joins the company.

Harrie Leenders

2010 - Harrie Leenders

Bonk & Co became Harrie Leenders retailers in Scotland, selling our first Pharos Interior to a house in East Lothian

A new logo

2010 - A new logo

Bonk & Co have a refresh of the original logo.

Hello Edinburgh

2011 - Hello Edinburgh

Bonk Edinburgh opens for business.

Ideal Home Show

2011 - Ideal Home Show

Bonk & Co exhibit at the Ideal Homes Show in Glasgow alongside Clearview Stoves

Bonk in Homes and Interiors

2012 - Bonk in Homes and Interiors

Bonk & Co start a successful relationship with Homes and Interiors Scotland, featuring in their Ask The Experts section.

Pheobe joins the team

2013 - Pheobe joins the team

Pheobe the dog joins the Bonk & Co team

Bonk is expanding

2013 - Bonk is expanding

We create our in house photo studio and the Bonk marketing department is created

Rebrand

2014 - Rebrand

Bonk & Co undergoes a complete rebrand, #thestovesfamily is born

Pheobe's first job

2014 - Pheobe's first job

Pheobe turns 1yr old and has a her first Christmas modelling shoot.

Fältovn Launches

2014 - Fältovn Launches

Harrie Leenders launches the Fältovn camping stove, sparking interest amongst staff and customers here at Bonk!

Bonk Adventures

2015 - Bonk Adventures

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!

New Website

2015 - New Website

The Bonk website launches featuring the new branding, in depth product detail and all of our well known How To Videos

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