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.