At Town and Country Fires, we are proud of our history and of our credentials. We are a family run business, founded in 1977 when Alan and Ruth Thurlow decided to diversify, turning their hands from farming to the stove business. Their first premise was an old Cowshed on the North Yorkshire Moors. Today we are one of the very few stove suppliers who still hand make all our stoves right through from concept design to final assembly. This allows us to have complete control over every aspect of production and to craft a superior product for each customer.
By using a combination of traditional techniques and modern technology, we are able to produce some of the finest stoves on the market in Britain today. But none of this would be possible without our expert craftspeople, who construct every single stove in our Pickering factory. The business has expanded from its humble beginnings and we now employ over 20 local men and women. Some of them have been with us for over 25 years! We’ll let that fact speak for itself.
Alan decided back in the early days to use steel instead of cast iron for our stoves because it is stronger and more durable. While cast iron is very brittle and prone to cracking when heated quickly, our welded steel stoves are designed to expand and contract throughout their use. Town and Country Fires’ multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves are fully guaranteed for 10 years, and their average life expectancy is over 50 years.
Of course, the manufacturing process has adapted over the decades, to incorporate advancements in the field and fresh thinking. Our highly skilled team now have four robotic welders, a high-tech laser cutter and an 85-ton precision Press brake at their fingertips. Our talented makers start out with a single flat piece of steel which is then cut to size, bent to a precise angle, professionally welded and finished. Every stage is meticulously managed, leading to the manufacturing of some of the best performing, most efficient and good looking stoves in the world. So hats off to our wonderful workforce.