Stove Experience

Stove Donation to Venture Scotland Glen Etive Bothy

By techhead
Jun 1st, 2016
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The Bothy in Glen Etive

At the latter end of 2015 we were contacted by Rob Branter from the Scottish Charity Venture Scotland.  He was looking for prices for a replacement stove for the Bothy in Glen Etive.

The charity uses the Bothy to give young people a taste of adventure in the great Scottish wilderness places.



woodwarm stove installed in glen etive bothy

The amount of money the group had available would not have bought them a durable and efficient stove. Stove Experience were delighted to be able to donate a robust, high-efficiency British-made Woodwarm boiler stove that gets the maximum heat out of whatever wood they have. It also gives hot water and should last them for many years.

The young people staying in the remote bothy on the shores of Loch Etive won’t be left out in the cold after a day of extreme outdoor activities.

The Woodwarm Fireview Slender Woodburning Stove we donated  is hand crafted at a forge in the South West of England by Woodwarm, a leading specialist in fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly woodburning stoves, and was meant to be installed in the bothy in time for Christmas, but wild weather prevented the installation until February.

swollen river on remote road to Glen Etive bothyThe Bothy, which is a 45 minute walk from the nearest road and has no electricity, is leased by Venture Scotland, a charity which runs an outdoor-based personal development programme designed to build the confidence and skills of young people with complex problems.

Rob Branter of Venture Scotland says, “Keeping the team warm on long dark evenings in this location where the weather can be pretty wild is a real challenge. Without electricity, a fire is our only option and a woodburning stove will burn efficiently as well as provide effective heat and hot water.

The Bothy offers a unique atmosphere for residents and is a place we regard very much as the spiritual home of our organisation. Young people can work in teams and feel safe to experiment with positive and respectful behaviour.

It’s also a very special place that offers a brilliant resource for inspiring young people about nature and the environment.  The woodburner will offer yet another positive activity for residents enabling them to work in teams, find their own sustainable fuel and produce their own heat.’

stove experience venture scotland stove installation for bothy

Left – Rob Branter (Ventur Scotland) Right – Stove Experience Team – (back) Eoin Fraser, Manager, (centre) Anne Gill – Owner, (front) Pamela Delaney – Assistant

I was delighted to gift a stove to such a worthy cause. We really admire what Venture Scotland do – helping youngsters to develop skills and confidence from the challenges of living in the great wildernesses of Scotland, as I did myself as a youngster. We wish Venture Scotland a bright future to be able to help as many young people as possible in future.

venture scotland bothy gen etive with stove

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