The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) Who are they.

The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) is a grouping of stove manufacturers and distributors, flue and glass companies, and industry stakeholders like HETAS and Kiwa Gastec. The members have come together to promote the environmental benefits of wood burning stoves and lobby government on legislation affecting stoves.

Stove Industry Alliance LogoSince its formation in 2008 the SIA has undertaken a PR campaign at the start of the heating season informing people of the environmental benefits of wood burning stoves. Replacing a decorative gas fire with a wood burning stove can reduce the carbon footprint of a house by 22%; a figure that rises to 36% when replacing an LPG decorative gas fire.  Compared with an open fire burning wood the reduction in carbon is 14%. Interestingly properly dried wood emits less CO2 when burnt than it does when allowed to decay naturally. In 2013 the work of the SIA led to positive articles on stoves in The Sunday Times, Metro, the Economist’s Intelligent Life, The Times, Your Home and Ideal Home to mention a few. Which? also created a Guide to Buying and Installing a Wood Burning Stove, which can be downloaded from the SIA web site

A new PR campaign will start this September. With the growing popularity of stoves there is a need to educate new stove users on how to buy and burn wood in a stove. With the reliance on gas to heat our homes the knowledge of how to set a fire has been lost for many people. One of aims of this year’s SIA campaign will be to educate consumers of the need to use properly dried wood. Kiln dried and naturally becoming readily available. Freshly cut wood should either be left to dry for at least one and preferably seasoned (pre-dried) wood are two seasons before being used or alternatively the wood purchased should be kiln dried or seasoned. This is because freshly harvested wood contains a naturally high amount of water, between 65-90% depending on the species. Burning water is not a terribly good idea. Kiln dried and seasoned wood have an average moisture content of below 25% and consequently produce 4.5 kW/h per kg, compared to wet/freshly-cut wood and semi-dried logs, which produce 1.0 kW/h per kg and 3.0 kW/h per kg respectively. SIA Stove

Lighting wood in a stove is simple so long as a few basic rules are followed. The Primary and Airwash controls on the stove should be opened fully. Place a firelighter or paper together with dry kindling wood on the grate and light the firelighter or paper. Leave the door slightly open as the fire establishes. Don’t smother the fire by adding too many logs. Once the fire is established close the door and the Primary air control. Use the Airwash to control the burn rate when the appliance is at operating temperature.

The SIA is also working closely with Hetas, to put the industry’s view to government on new industry shaping legislation, like Ecodesign. If adopted by the European Commission Ecodesign is likely to determine the future of wood burning in the UK for the foreseeable future. It is therefore important that government understands the industry’s viewpoint on how emissions can be further reduced and appliance efficiencies increased.

If you would like to know more, you can keep up to date with the SIA on Twitter and  LinkedIn or visit their website here.


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