Who we are

Backwoodsman is a specialist supplier of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves. We are situated on the edge of Barcaldine Forest some 12 miles north of Oban in the West Highlands. The business is family run with over 40 years dedicated to providing the highest quality service possible in our area.

Comprehensive advice is freely available to local customers and covers everything from heat loss calculations to water heating and chimney design. Our recommendations are (wherever possible) based on a thorough on-site appraisal, usually carried out at our expense and without obligation. Our aim is to ensure that you end up with a safe, efficient installation.

A significant part of our time is also devoted to working on ‘new-build’ and renovation projects with architects and developers.

Please note that we only operate within Argyll, Lochaber & the Inner and Outer Hebrides and are unable to offer our services further afield.

The team

Andrew McIntyre

Founder of Backwoodsman. Andrew concentrates mainly on on-site appraisals and report writing drawing on a wealth of experience gained over 40+ years. He has a long- standing interest in ‘appropriate technology’ and in product design and innovation. Andrew also invented the Growmate pyramid propagator which took 5 design awards.


Tim McIntyre

An engineering graduate of Edinburgh University, Tim has been with Backwoodsman since 1994. An enthusiastic “hands-on” engineer he handles all technical issues, deals with Building Standards queries and also manages our stock control and company accounts.


Claire McIntyre

A graduate of The Scottish College of Textiles, Galashiels, Claire joined the business in 2012 and deals with a variety of day-to-day activities including general operations, on-site appraisals, CAD drawings, technical reports and website management. Claire has spent many years managing the operational side of a successful retail business in Edinburgh.


Rosy Thomson

A graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Rosy constructed the new Backwoodsman website and made such a good job of it that in 2016 we asked her to join us! Rosy is now involved in a variety of technical activities including site-appraisals, heat-loss calculations, CAD drawings  and report writing.