The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA), the trade organisation which represents most of the stove brands and related products and services in the UK and Ireland, and which The Stove Yard are proud to be founding members, has just published an informative guide to wood burning and multi fuel stoves for local authorities which you can download here.
With the Government's stated aim to delegate greater powers to local authorities to introduce and police their own clean air regulations the timing for such an informative guide is ideal. In recent years the stove industry has suffered at the hands of many misconceptions regarding domestic wood burning which have been recklessly promoted by the main stream media. Such unfounded stories have posed a serious threat to the livelihoods of the people who work in the industry – the most damaging being that stoves were going to banned altogether. They're not.
The SIA's factual and detailed document is intended to set the record straight once and for all and to provide information on a host of other stove-related topics from how choosing the correct fuel can help improve local air quality and where stoves can fit into, and benefit, the changing domestic heating mix and fuel poverty. It has to be most welcome, especially by anyone who loves their stove and appreciates the many advantages it brings to them. Well worth a read even if you're not a local authority.
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It really pays to think about this as soon as possible, even if you're not quite ready to fit one right away. When a wood burning stove is planned in from the very start, in many cases, it could help you to reduce its installation costs. It will also simplify dealings with Building Control and it will improve your SAP calculation. Better still, If the stove is for a new-build you can even claim the 20% VAT back. Read more...