One control lever. No fuss. Perfect.
Whereas many stoves have two or even three controls, the Ivar 5 has just the one. It slides smoothly from left to right over a distance of exactly 192mm (about 172mm more than most other stoves). That 192mm of travel is a journey, a display of just what can be achieved when fire and Dutch design skills combine. Every mm of the journey is a joy - slide a little, then slide a little more: fire becomes art. Should you get to see the Ivar 5 in action - then you will understand.
One lever only. Slide left to reduce heat and preserve logs, slide right to increase heat. Airwash, to keep the glass completely clear, is adjusted automatically. Simple.
You are in control.
A challenge: take a trip to your local stove showroom and play with the controls on different stove brands. Some will have just 10 or 15mm of play, between "flames almost out" and "a fully roaring fire". It is hard to set the perfect temperature with such poor design, especially when wearing thick fireproof mitten. Controls may also be "scratchy" - an unsatisfying metal on metal experience. Some stoves have three different controls (to control air entering three different areas within the stove). Now that is a faff.
Too expensive? We appreciate that it is more than some other stoves. If you can stretch to it then it really is worth it. A stove will often be the central focus of a room and you will likely find yourself staring at it more than the tv. A good stove brings warmth and joy to a home. The Ivar 5 is made in Holland, not China.
The Ivar 5 has a cast iron door and a steel body. The glass is infrared Chalcogenide which apparently is a very good thing (something to do with transmitting heat and not scratching when being cleaned).
Launched 2014 the Ivar 5 swiftly rose to become one of the top three sellers for Stovefitter's - and deservedly so. The excellent sales happened despite stiff competition from the sub £500 models.
Julian, (author of The Stove Fitter's Manual) has installed the 5kW Ivar in his Cornish cottage renovation (so ask him if you speak to him ;-). His immediate neighbour was so impressed that he chose the 8kW Ivar (on a log store) and the neighbour the other side also fitted the DG Ivar 5. So three in a row! No stopping word of mouth now - the owners of the village hotel & pub (Marazion Hotel, Cornwall) visited and were also impressed - they removed their recently installed inset stove (not enough heat) and fitted an Ivar 5 and are now happy as hotel owners in a hotel.
The Ivar is a modern, premium steel stove with a humongous viewing glass and firebox. For those desiring a modern appliance that can pump out 3-7.5kW if required, we recommend the Ivar 5. We like the name as well. Ivar is Nordic and sounds cool. Perhaps if I have a kid, I'll call it Ivar. What? I've left it too late? I'm only 54. Okay, a dog then.
The DG Ivar stove has a distance to combustibles (rear of the appliance) of 400mm but adding a heat shield directly to the back reduces this to 150mm.
Note from Julian: Because I sing their praises I get asked if I have any affiliation with DG. I do not. I spotted their stoves in 2014 at the Hearth and Home Show, Harrogate, and have been a dealer ever since. I have no relationship with DG aside from retailing their stoves and get no preferential treatment or trade discounts.
(distance to combustible materials and non-combustible materials on page 84/85 of Installation manual)
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