Hello we're the stoves family

‘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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Eight REASONS TO CHOOSE US

  • HELPFULNESS

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

  • 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

    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

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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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!!

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?!

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??

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!

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!!

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!

Pete

Sales

Pete's name ultimately derived from the Greek word 'Petros', which means "stone" or "rock". And Peter in Scottish Gaelic, 'Peadar', is said to be reserved for the Saint Peter... Enough said!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE STOVE?

The 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!

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!

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

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.

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!

Jeanne

Sales

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?

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!

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!

Our history

Explore our timeline

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.

1977 - First Stove Sold

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

1978 - Bonk & Co Ltd Begins

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

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.

1978 - First stove showroom

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

1978 - We start selling Charnwood Stoves

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

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.

1980 - Wood Chip Boilers

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

1987 - First Clearview Stoves

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

1987 - Andrew joins the company

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

1987 - Tomnahurich Street

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

1989 - Royal Warrant Granted

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

1990 - Royal Garden Party

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

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.

1996 - Harbour road

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

2000 - Billy Bonk Retires

Billy Bonk retires.

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.

2003 - Charnwood Premier Dealer

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

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.

2009 - Alex joins Bonk

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

2010 - Harrie Leenders

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

2010 - A new logo

Bonk & Co have a refresh of the original logo.

2011 - Hello Edinburgh

Bonk Edinburgh opens for business.

2011 - Ideal Home Show

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

2012 - Bonk in Homes and Interiors

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

2013 - Pheobe joins the team

Pheobe the dog joins the Bonk & Co team

2013 - Bonk is expanding

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

2014 - Rebrand

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

2014 - Pheobe's first job

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

2014 - Fältovn Launches

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

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!

2015 - New Website

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