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Sales of our stoves have enjoyed a strong upward trend in recent months. Part of this growth this down to the increasing awareness of the SIA Ecodesign Ready initiative. With a growing focus on cleaner, greener ways to heat a home, Ecodesign has really bought home to the general public, about how much wood burning stoves have evolved in a relatively very short period of time.
People now finally have the choice to opt for stoves, which compared to models of only a few years back, are incredibly clean and efficient.
The media at times still confuse Ecodesign stoves with inefficient stoves of the past, or worse still, categorise them, in terms of emissions, with burning wood on open fires, which is totally misleading. However, even the media are starting to catch on, and realise the significant differences.
People looking to buy a stove can be reassured that the government are not looking to ban wood burning stoves. They are in fact wanting to ensure the public buy the cleanest stoves available. Both the government and the Mayor of London are backing the installation of SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves, to help reduce emissions from wood burning.
“The Ecodesign Ready brand is a great example of industry taking the lead to promote the benefits of more efficient and cleaner technologies, and bringing them to the market. Ecodesign Stoves will help to cut air pollution” Simon Hoare MP.
Neil Parish MP, Chair to the Select Committee Environment Food & Rural Affairs, said:
“What the SIA is doing fits in with the world we have; we have problems in our inner cities with very high levels of NOx and particulates. Anything we can do to reduce that from open fires and others, through SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves has got to be an absolute benefit”
All the stoves in the Charlton & Jenrick fires are Ecodesign ready. To qualify for the SIA Ecodesign label a stove must have been independently tested by an approved test laboratory and met the emissions and minimum efficiency criteria for Ecodesign. The test results must be verified by HETAS. The stove will then be listed on the HETAS web site.
The 2022 Deadline
Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lower emissions. It is due to come into force in the UK in 2022, for wood burning and multi fuel stoves. The main manufacturers in the SIA have decided to release Ecodesign stoves that will meet the lower emission limits now, a number of years early. From 2020 the main manufacturers will only produce new fireboxes that will satisfy Ecodesign.
PM10 and PM2.5
Independent tests, conducted by Kiwa, have shown that an Ecodesign Ready stove, such as those found in the Charlton & Jenrick range produces significantly fewer emissions than open fires and stoves produced 10 years ago, across the range of emissions. The graphs below clearly show the reduction in emissions. When it comes to particulates (PM10 and PM2.5) an Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% fewer emissions than an open fire and 84% fewer than a stove of ten years ago.
The stoves were tested in the start-up phase and in the steady burn state. The bigger reduction in emissions came in the start-up phase, when a stove can be giving off most smoke.
SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves will meet the DEFRA exemption criteria but the stove must still be tested for DEFRA exemption, until Ecodesign becomes law in 2022, in order to be used in a smoke control area. Ecodesign Ready stoves are also very efficient; 4% more efficient than required at the moment. The efficiency charts below show the improvement that has been made from an open fire to an Ecodesign Ready stove.
As it is a SIA sponsored label, it can only be applied to SIA member stoves. The SIA Ecodesign Ready label will clearly inform consumers that the stove comes from a reputable member of the SIA and has been independently tested to prove compliance with the Ecodesign criteria.
The SIA Ecodesign logo will mean a stove:
You can view our range of stoves online at http://www.charltonandjenrick.co.uk/products/stoves/