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New SIA Retail Group Membership

New SIA Retail Group Membership

SIA Retail Group

Manor House Stoves is among the first in a group of independent retailers to become members of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) as part of its new retail scheme.

The SIA Retail Group was formed earlier this year and membership is open to independent retailers with showroom displays in the UK.

 The SIA is a trade association for the stove and fireplace industry in the UK. Its members were among the first manufacturers to develop appliances that meet Ecodesign requirements – new standards for emissions and efficiency of domestic wood burning appliances – well ahead of the January 2022 deadline, and positioning wood burning stoves and fireplaces as part of a low carbon, sustainable and renewable heating strategy

 Using improved burn technology, an SIA Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% less emissions than an open fire and 80% less than a stove that was manufactured 10 years ago, making a significant improvement to air quality.

Statistics have indicated that nationally 40% of wood is burnt in open fires -this increases to 70% in London – despite the fact that using an open fire is not permitted under the current Clean Air Act.

Additionally, a cornerstone of the Clean Air strategy is to educate homeowners to burn only wood with a moisture content below 20%, kiln dried logs are ideal, additionally having their chimney swept on a regular basis by a registered chimney sweep.

Rest assured if you already have an older stove and can’t afford to outlay on a new model right now, you will be allowed to keep using it. However, as we mentioned above you will only be allowed to burn certain fuels on it. By only burning wood with a moisture content of 20% or less you will limit the amount of smoke you produce. Coal, meanwhile, has been identified as the dirtiest fuel, and will be subject to new stringent regulations.

We are very proud to be a part of the SIA Retail Group. The SIA is a well-respected trade organisation and including independent retailers as members means it is representative of the whole stove industry in the UK. By choosing an SIA Retail Group member showroom customers can be assured that they are receiving the very best advice on which appliance is suitable for them and their lifestyle. Plus, they will be safe in the knowledge that we can guide them on installation and maintenance, and the best type of fuel to use to ensure they get maximum efficiency and minimum emissions. 

Morley Sage, chair of the SIA, added: “Modern SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves are high efficiency, low emission, renewable and sustainable biomass heating solutions their owners can be proud of, and we are delighted to welcome Manor House Stoves to the SIA Retail Group. Membership reassures the public that they are in safe hands when choosing and installing a stove or fireplace and provides retailers with the support and expertise of the SIA.”

 

For further information on the SIA Retail Group and a list of members visit www.stoveindustryalliance.com

Wood Burning Stoves & The DEFRA Clean Air Strategy

Wood Burning Stoves & The DEFRA Clean Air Strategy

There has been much made of the impact of wood burning stoves and that there is the possibility that they will no longer be available after the introduction of the Clean Air Strategy. We are happy to say that this is very much not the case, in fact they will be a large part of the Clean Air Strategy moving forward!

Recent media coverage has, in some cases, insinuated that emissions from open firewood burning is comparable withemissions from wood burning stoves. The Clean Air Strategy definitively recognises that all wood burning is not equal.

SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves are specifically designed using improved burn technologies. Stove manufacturers have developed these stoves to produce 90% fewer emissions than an open fire, and 80% less emissions than stoves manufactured 10 years ago. People using older wood burning appliances can make a significant improvement to air quality by upgrading to an SIA Ecodesign Ready model.

Statistics have indicated that nationally 40% of wood is burnt in open fires -this increases to 70% in London – despite the fact that using an open fire is not permitted under the current Clean Air Act.

Additionally,a cornerstone of the Clean Air strategy is to educate homeowners to burn only wood with a moisture content below 20%, kiln dried logs are ideal, additionally having their chimney swept on a regular basis by a registered chimney sweep.

Rest assured if you already have an older stove and can’t afford to outlay on a new model right now, you will be allowed to keep using it. However,as we mentioned above you will only be allowed to burn certain fuels on it. By only burning wood with a moisture content of 20% or less you will limit the amount of smoke you produce. Coal, meanwhile, has been identified as the dirtiest fuel, and will be subject to new stringent regulations.

It’s worth remembering that an SIA Ecodesign Ready wood burning stovehasstrong green credentials. The CO2 producedwhen the logs are burnt is absorbed by growing trees making modern wood burning stoves a low carbon, low emission, high efficiency and sustainable heating solution.

The government’s own energy efficiency indicator shows that logs have a significantly lower carbon factor than traditional fossil fuels; gas, oil or electricity.

You can read the full DEFRAstrategy here (it’s wordy and a long read but really useful to get a proper insight in to the post 2022 strategy)

DEFRA CLEAN AIR STRATEGY – FUL DOCUMENT

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Hearth and Home Show 2019

Hearth and Home Show 2019

Every year David and Sue the owners of Manor House Stoves visit Harrogate in North Yorkshire to the annual Hearth and Home Show. 

 “We love visiting Hearth and Home,  it gives us a chance to not only see what’s new in the industry, and check out the fantastic new products on offer from our favourite manufacturers, but it also gives us the opportunity to meet up with other retailers from across the country and talk shop – and we love to talk shop! 

As always the stands were fantastically put together and filled to the rafters with interesting and brilliant new products. The really fantastic thing about Hearth and Home is, as with our own show room, a large number of the stoves are actually working and this gives a far better experience of how the stoves look and perform in a ‘live’ environment. 

 

Obviously as you might imagine the big talking point of the show is the EcoReady ranges ready for the clean air regulations coming into law in 2022. We really enjoyed the SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) stand and their presentations regarding the newly formed SIA Retail Group. Manor House Stoves are now fully signed-up and on-board to support their work with DEFRA and other government bodies on progressing the clean air strategy and ensuring accurate information is shared regarding the positive contribution Ecoready stoves make to reducing pollution and meeting the European directive.

One of our other highlights is always seeing some of the brilliant new accessories coming onto the market, many of these items you never knew you needed but once you’ve seen them you can’t live without them! From custom designed back panels, ceramic stove plates, fire surrounds, chimney cowls and some really great ideas for solid fuel storage.”

 

We look forward to getting some of the fantastic things we saw in Harrogate down to our showroom in Garsington for you to see. Call in to see what we picked up or call 01865 361505.