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Dik Guerts DG Ivar 5 Stove Ecodesign Wood Burning

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About the DG Ivar 5

Our video, above, shows the Ivar 8 (slightly wider than the Ivar 5)

We appreciate that the Ivar is more of an initial outlay than many other stoves but, as stove lovers, we feel it is worth it. Your stove will be the focus of a room, the heart of the home on a cold winter evening - providing warmth and joy to those you love. The Ivar 5 is "Created in Holland" rather than "Made in China". When you unwrap it you will understand. When you light it you will understand. Some things are worth spending a little more on and we have yet to find a finer stove on the market.
Whereas many stoves have two or even three controls, the Ivar 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. The 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" and it is hard to set the perfect temperature, especially when wearing thick fireproof mitten. Controls may also be "scratchy" - an unsatisfying metal on metal experience.
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. The Ivar 5 requires a full constructional hearth (choose the Ivar 5 HIGH if you only have a 12mm hearth situation).

Log store

Need somewhere to store those logs? Choose the "Ivar 5 Log Store" version of this stove. The log store version can, if the stove is outside of a fireplace recess, be sited on a hearth with a thickness of just 12mm.

High legs

The "Ivar 5 High Leg" has slightly longer legs than the standard Ivar 5 ensuring that, if the stove is outside of a fireplace recess, the stove can be sited on a hearth with a thickness of just 12mm.

Customer Reviews

Based on 106 reviews
Ivar 5 - Great 80th Birthday Gift

We purchased our Ivar 5 for my mother-in-law as an 80th birthday present from the family.
She is thoroughly delighted with it.
It replaced an old 1980's Villager stove that was either smoldering away (caused a chimney fire a few years back) or full burn, with little control in between and constantly smoked up glass.
The DG Ivar 5 is the complete contrast -
Unbelievably controllable with it's single slide lever, superb clear fire picture and banging out maximum heat on minimal fuel.
We chose the Ivar 5 after researching updated alternatives to the Clearview Pioneer.
I have a Pioneer that has done grand service for the last 10 years -
But the Ivar 5 is a slightly different beast.
To compare our experience of the Clearview Pioneer directly with the DG Ivar 5:
They are of equal build quality.
The Ivar 5 has lightweight firebrick base & lightweight fireboard baffle - Pioneer has a multifuel grate and steel baffle plate and hence likely to need replacements less often.
These differences leads to different fire and heat characteristics.
The Pioneer is slightly easier to light.
But once alight...
The Ivar 5 undoubtedly has superior flame picture.
The Ivar 5 puts out a significantly larger percentage of it's heat to it's front - great for sitting around, but hotter when opening that big door for refueling.
The Pioneer has more balanced heat all around and higher a percentage of it's heat on top - ideal for cooking & kettles (this is due to the Pioneers double glazed front glass reducing front heat and steel baffle transferring top heat).
Mother-in-laws new Ivar 5 is in an old chimney recess, in a sitting room - an ideal situation given the Ivar's superior flame view and front heat characteristics.
Our Pioneer is free standing in a working country kitchen - again an ideal situation given the Pioneer's top heat and more rugged characteristics.
Our conclusion: the Ivar 5 is undoubtedly a top quality stove at a competitive price -
A very happy 80 yr old mother-i...

Dik Guerts Ivar 8

What an Amazing stove. We are really happy with it. It has been a great recommendation from Julian at Stovefitters. It has transformed our living room and house. Really simple to use, and lights easily. The wide window makes the fire a real display feature in the room and as a result we haven’t watched tv since installing it! I couldn’t fault it. Order number 10676.

Output & fuel

Wood only (multifuel with kit).
Nominal 5kW.
Max. 7.55kW

This stove will run happily at 2-7.55kW depending on fuel load.

This stove can burn wood without any modification. Add a multifuel-kit to burn wood or smokeless fuel/coal (easy 5-minute fit).

What size stove to choose? Advice here

Eco credentials

This stove meets and exceeds the new 2022 Ecodesign regulations.

This stove is approved by DEFRA to burn wood in a Smoke Control Area.



Don't overthink efficiency. 75%-85% is fine.

Stoves with 90%+ efficiency may not work so well on shorter chimneys.


Height: 555mm
Height with high legs: 660mm
Height with log store: 850mm
Width: 450mm
Depth: 350mm
Front of pipe to rear of stove: 210mm

Which fitting pack for my liner? Advice here


Viewing area (from outside stove looking in).

Width: 33cm
Height: 32cm


Flue size

5" (125mm) collar top or rear
Can be installed with a 5" or 6" chimney liner.


External air YES

Yes, this stove can be fitted with an external air kit. Usually this option is not relevant unless an air vent is required and the property owners are aiming for an airtight space.

Air vent advice here

Body and door

Steel stove (5-year body guarantee) with cast-iron door.

What to buy steel or cast-iron? Do not overthink. Steel heats fast. Cast-iron takes a little longer but retains heat longer as fire dies.


Hearth thickness: minimum 125mm non-combustible material (can include floor thickness).

The Ivar 5 High and Log store versions can, if outside of a fireplace recess, be sited on a 12mm thick hearth. Note that the standard leg Ivar 5 must have a full 125mm thickness hearth in all situations.

Hearth regulation advice here

Air gaps

Distance to combustibles SIDE: 500mm
Distance to combustibles REAR: 400mm
Distance to combustibles REAR WITH HEATSHIELD: 150mm

To non-combustibles there are no hard rules but, around the stove, a 50mm minimum air gap is recommended to brick/stone. This to be increased to 100mm for rendered or boarded surfaces. Prior to purchasing any stove download the installation manual to check that manufacturers do not have any additional requirements.

Distances & heat shield advice

Technical info pages  and manual (distance to combustible materials and non-combustible materials on page 84/85 of Installation manual).

Julian's thoughts

I have this stove and consider it the finest stove I have ever used.

DG Ivar 5 review by Stovefitter's

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.

Internal firebox

Width: 380mm
Depth: 270mm
Useable height: 210mm

Capacity: 21,546cm3

Max. output: 7.55kW

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Buying online is a little disconcerting for some. What if I get a lemon? What if I'm happy when I unwrap it?
If your stove's retail price is under £1300: Should you not be happy with your stove for any reason, within the first three months from purchase, we will arrange to have the stove collected from your premises (we pay first £48 delivery collection cost, covers most UK postcodes, you pay additional in rare situation cost rises above £48 for any reason). Stove installed and has been used? No worry. We will pay you up to £100 to have it removed by a Hetas registered installer.
As soon as the stove is back with us we will provide a FULL REFUND of the cost of the stove. We will even post you a pallet and straps as required (you will need to prepare it ready for our driver). This exceptional guarantee lasts for a full three months from date of delivery EVEN IF THE STOVE IS USED as long as normal wear and tear.
Between three and six months, we offer exactly the same but without the £100 stove-removal offer.
On this, you have my word.


Julian Patrick
Managing Director Stove Fitter's Warehouse and Author of The Stove Fitter's Manual


*The "exceptional money-back guarantee" applies only to black stoves or stoves that have a retail value inc. VAT of £1,300 or less. INSET OR CASSETTE STOVES ARE NOT INCLUDED. STOVES NOT ADVERTISED ON www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk are NOT INCLUDED.

We will happily strive to match any price you may have from any other supplier.

Offered an "ex-display" or "shop soiled"? We will strive to offer you a new stove for the same price.

Gobbledygook (jargon used on this page)

Boarded surface: Fireproof board (usually 10-20mm thick) for lining fireplace recesses or sealing off bottom of chimney. Available builder's merchants or specialist stove stores. Example is Hardiebacker see here: http://www.stovefittersmanual.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/hardiebacker-multifuel-leaflet.pdf
Lining a fireplace: https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/pages/lining-a-fireplace

Capacity: A Stovefitter's figure, in cm2, as to the useable inside area of the stove with regard to fuel load.

Chimney liner: A stainless steel tube, slides down a brick/stone chimney to provide a smooth and safe route for smoke.
See also "Fitting Pack". If no chimney then see here: https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/products/chimney-design-to-building-regulations

Chimney plate: Seals off bottom of chimney above stove. If fitting a chimney liner will be made of metal or fireproof board (see boarded surface).

Collar: The place on the stove where the first section of chimney pipe inserts.

Cowl: Sits on top of chimney pot and stops rain/birds getting into chimney.

DEFRA: Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (UK).

Firebox: The inside of the stove where the fuel sits. The bigger this is the more fuel and therefore the more heat.

Fitting pack: Purchased with stove and chimney liner (stove+liner+fitting pack and off you go!). Includes all you need from stove to cowl and we can choose the correct pack for you depending on your liner and stove. Fitting Pack does not include chimney plate or CO detector - these items can be purchased separately or are often available as a free gift with our stoves. Use our SEARCH button, top right of website to search for "fitting pack" for more detailed info. See infographic here: https://www.stovefitterswarehouse.co.uk/pages/choosing-your-fitting-pack

Flue: If a polo mint is the chimney, the flue is the hole.

Hearth: The area underneath the stove.

Internal firebox: See also "Firebox".

kW: Kilowatts per hour. See also "Firebox".

Liner: See Chimney liner.

Log store: An area under a stove for storage of logs. May be a separate part (can be retrofitted) or may be part of the actual stove design (cannot be retrofitted).

Max. output: Stovefitter's deduction of maximum output using a reasonably full fuel load.

Multi-fuel: Can burn wood, smokeless fuel or coal.

Nominal: "about" or "approx."

Renewable energy: is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat

Smoke Control Area: A smoke control area is a legally defined area where only approved solid fuels or exempted appliances (eg wood burning stoves) can be used within buildings. You could face a fine of up to £1,000 if you break the law.

Useable height: A Stovefitter's term that helps determine how much fuel can be stacked in a stove - equal to 15cm above the point at which fuel can fall out of the firebox when the stove door is opened. Any higher than this and opening the door increases chance of fuel falling onto hearth.

Wood burning stove: Can burn only wood. Some stoves can be retrofitted with a multifuel-kit (usually just a grate that is fitted into the bottom of the stove, a five-minute task).

See also our FAQ and Easy-Guides here