Demand for solid fuel installers heats up

With energy costs at record highs many consumers are replacing, or installing from new, a wood burning stove to supplement heating their homes. This was confirmed by the Stove Industry Association (SIA), which released sales figures for quarter three of last year that were up a MASSIVE 66.22% on the same period in 2021, with over 55,000 units being sold between July to September.

Demand for solid fuel installers heats up

With no immediate end in sight to the ongoing energy cost crisis, it’s likely that sales have continued to be high since then. The installation of solid fuel appliances falls under the same legal requirements as liquid fuel, need to meet Building Regulations and be self-certified by a registered installer, or notified directly to the local authority building control.

A few years ago, OFTEC extended the scope of our competent person registration scheme as we think liquid fuel technicians have transferable skills to be able to self-certify solid fuel installations. Since then, we have seen an influx of businesses wanting to join but, if the demand in stoves continues, there’s clearly a potential business opportunity for others too.

The requirements to join the OFTEC solid fuel registration scheme is that a technician needs to hold a regulated qualification mapped to the minimum technical competencies, or a Level 3 NVQ diploma in plumbing and heating with solid fuel pathway option. Either must have been undertaken within the last five years.

If you are interested in finding out more about the solid fuel registration option, visit the OFTEC website or call OFTEC and speak to the registration department.