The stove is now surrounded by a really outstanding hearth, with all the pipework boxed in using fireproof board and tiled with gloss black designer tiles. This has been 4 years in the making, but we are finally there.
From a technical angle, the stove and oil boiler are now properly valved (after 3 attempts!) so that they don't interfere with each other. We had the oil boiler repaired in October and new baffles, jet and pump were fitted to hopefully give it another few years service life.
Interestingly, priming the radiators for 5 minutes with the oil before turning the stove pump on seems a good strategy. I'm very keen now to incorporate this into the controller unit I'm designing.
Off to a Raspberry Jam later!