Capitalise On the Rise of the Wood Burner

Wood burning stoves have experienced a huge upsurge in popularity over the past Capitalise On the Rise of the Wood Burner 1decade. Annual sales in the UK now top 175,000 units – that’s five times higher than in 2007 - and industry figures estimate there has been a 20% rise in sales over the past year alone.

This growth market clearly represents a genuine business opportunity for heating technicians looking to expand their existing solid fuel business or to enter the solid fuel sector for the first time.

However, with today’s consumers becoming more and more savvy about the risks of substandard work, alongside increasingly demanding legislation, it’s more important than ever for technicians to be able to demonstrate they have the necessary skills and qualifications to win the work.

OFTEC’s solid fuel registration can provide that assurance. Recognised by governments, manufacturers, distributors and consumers alike for its commitment to excellence, OFTEC registration offers professional training, advice and support to help heating businesses go from strength to strength.

Amongst the many benefits of registration, such as free technical advice and exclusive discounts at OFTEC’s online shop, www.oftecdirect.com, signing up with OFTEC enables technicians to self-certify solid fuel installation work in England, Wales, the Channel Isles and Isle of Man. This avoids the time and expense of applying for building notice and the need for building control inspections.

Taking out solid fuel registration with OFTEC can also provide significant savings for those already OFTEC registered for other heating technologies, and greatly reduce the administration process.

Capitalise On the Rise of the Wood Burner 2Solid fuel registration adds power to Derbyshire heating business.

Amongst the many UK heating businesses which have already joined OFTEC’s Competent Person’s Scheme (CPS) for solid fuel heating installations is Climate & Power Ltd in Belper, Derbyshire – a move which is helping the firm to capitalise on the buoyant and growing market.

Owner Neil Edmunds, explains: “I established the business back in 2010 and have always been OFTEC registered for the oil work we do. At the end of last year, myself and one of the two technicians I employ, also registered with OFTEC for solid fuel installations.

“The solid fuel market, particularly for dry wood burning stoves, is pretty buoyant. We are working with a lot of existing customers with oil heating who have decided to install a stove to complement and boost their existing systems. Also, builders who want to add wood burners into new builds as a design feature. There’s a lot a great new technologies out there that really do work and provide effective solutions for homeowners."

“As a business our aim is to always provide the right advice for each customer to ensure they end up with the best heating solution for their needs. By taking out OFTEC’s solid fuel registration, along with the oil and renewable expertise we offer, we can now cater for whatever our customers want. We’ve invested in quality registration as it’s so important that people talk to and employ fully qualified and vetted technicians otherwise they could find themselves with a heating system which doesn’t work properly. Combining honest advice with high quality, professional work is what we’ve built the business on and it works for us. My ambition is to grow the business and take on more staff. Expanding out into growth markets such as solid fuel is a key part of the plan going forward.”

Find out more about solid fuel registrations at www.joinoftec.com.

 

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