HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme

The Hobbit SE has passed the test!

We are pleased to announce that our Hobbit SE stove has passed the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme! Our small wood burning stove is Eco Design approved for 2022, DEFRA exempt for Smoke Control Zones, and now it has passed the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme, so you can be absolutely certain that you are purchasing an environmentally-friendly stove.

What is the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme?

The HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme was introduced earlier this year as a way to raise the industry’s standards in regards to air quality within the UK. The scheme sets a new benchmark for smoke emissions and small particulate matter, known as PM2.5.

The limits imposed by the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme are much stricter – the emissions released by an appliance have to be at least 50% less than those already required by DEFRA, the government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

We are proud to say that our Eco Design Hobbit SE stove even exceeds the new, stricter limits that are set out in the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme. These figures are illustrated in the bar chart below, and you can visit the listing for the Salamander Hobbit SE Eco if you would like to find out more information about the efficiency of our small wood burning stove.

Salamander Stoves - The Hobbit Eco SE Small Wood Burning Stove - HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme Results

When the Hobbit SE is operated to release the lowest amount of particulates, the amount of particulates that are released into the atmosphere are less than 50% of the limits set out in the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme! This means that the Eco Design Hobbit SE is capable of releasing less than a quarter of the particulate limits set out in the DEFRA Clean Air Act.

Who are HETAS?

HETAS stands for the Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme. They are an independent not-for-profit organisation, who work to promote cleaner and safer choices within the stove industry. Their work covers the approval of solid fuel domestic heating appliances, as well as different types of fuel. They also handle the registration of retailers, installers, and chimney sweeps.

HETAS is the official body that is recognised by the UK government, and they work to promote the highest standards for fuel, appliances, and for people working within the industry. This is to encourage the safe, efficient, and environmentally-responsible use of solid fuels, including wood.

You can read more about HETAS here.

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Why is the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme so important?

Small wood burning stoves and stove cooking ranges are becoming increasingly popular due to rising energy prices. People are also installing small wood burning stoves as a self-sufficient form of heating that can withstand power cuts. Therefore, it is important for stoves to be regulated in order to ensure they have a minimal impact on the environment and our air quality.

The main criticism of burning wood is the production of emissions and particulate matter. Despite the misleading claims and misunderstood information that often appears in some forms of media, Salamander Stoves, and the stove industry as a whole, have worked incredibly hard to minimise the impact of small wood burning stoves on the environment.

Whilst the oil and gas industry has delivered £2.3bn in profit every day for the last 50 years, burning wood has certainly endured some unfair criticism. Wood is a renewable, sustainable source of fuel, which is much kinder to the environment than burning fossil fuels, such as gas, oil, or coal. Even electricity from the national grid is mainly generated by burning fossil fuels.

The HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme aims to raise awareness around the benefits of using modern, clean-burning appliances. The scheme makes it easier than ever for consumers to choose and use the cleanest burning biomass and solid fuel appliances, which greatly reduces people’s impact on air quality and the environment.

The HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme improves transparency, and makes environmentally-friendly stoves easier to identify. Calvin May, head of HETAS Technical Services, rightfully described the scheme as “a badge of trust that a ‘cleaner choice’ has been made, which is important as we all strive to reduce our environmental impact.” This initiative demonstrates that appliances can be used to burn fuels responsibly, and they can be operated in a way that reduces emissions.

If we continue to plant more trees and use environmentally-friendly appliances, such as the Hobbit SE, then this will help to ensure that there is clean air and an abundance of renewable and sustainable sources of energy for many generations to come.

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How does the new HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme differ to the current HETAS Product Approval Scheme?

The new HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme aims to reform the currently recognised HETAS Product Approval Scheme. The scheme has been updated to highlight appliances with lower levels of particulates, including PM2.5’s. Whilst the HETAS Cleaner Choice Scheme focuses on particulate emissions, it also provides assurance to consumers and installers that the appliance meets all of the relevant regulations in the UK as before, such as safety and performance requirements, correct operation, and correct installation.

This new, rigorous certification scheme can deliver a range of improvements, as each appliance has to meet a number of requirements in order to be receive the HETAS Cleaner Choice approval:

    • Fewer emissions – The appliance must have a 50% improvement (as a minimum) on the emission limits specified in the Clean Air Act. Each appliance must have a 50% improvement on particulate emissions over an average of 3 or 5 tests (dependent on appliance) at high and low output.
    • Clear labelling, Eco Design compliant, and increased transparency – The appliance must meet all of the essential requirements of the 2022 Eco Design legislation and energy labelling rules, as a minimum. This information also needs to be clearly visible to the customer.  The Eco Design emission limits regulate particulate matter (PM), organic gaseous compounds (OGC), carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Increased transparency is also required, as manufactures need to show the minimum seasonal efficiency of the stove. Stoves have to have a minimum seasonal efficiency of 65% in order to be Eco Design compliant. The calculation for the seasonal efficiency of an appliance takes into account the energy requirements throughout the year.

    • UKCA/CE marking requirements – The appliance must meet all of the relevant clauses of UKCA/CE marking, including verification that a suitable FPC is in place.
    • Improved safety – In order to pass through the scheme, the instruction manuals for each appliance now have to include a much more detailed set of health and safety warnings. The instruction manual for the Hobbit SE has been revised to provide more guidance in regards to safe installation and operation.

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Our Hobbit Stove Has Been Fitted!

"We had a Hobbit stove fitted this week by Alex Reay from Flues and Fires, and I just wanted to get in touch to say it is AMAZING and we love it! We have a lovely cast iron tiled fireplace which I was desperate not to lose when we installed a small wood burning stove, but until I found the Hobbit on Google, everyone told me it would be impossible to keep the fire surround. The Hobbit is perfect - not only does it fit very snugly, but it looks fantastic and the blue door complements the tiles very nicely. We are sitting enjoying a fire now and absolutely loving it! Thanks for creating such an amazing product."

Nicola Williams

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The Best Stove Ever!

"It’s the best stove ever! It’s easy to light, very efficient, burns anthracite and stays in overnight (ours has been in for three weeks now). It even keeps a kettle of water at the ready for a cuppa! What more can I say, we love it! Just the thing to make our Yorkshire home cosy, and the cat loves it too!"

Lynn and Andrew, West Yorkshire

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First Small Stove Installation

Was looking for a small stove for my first self-install. Found Mark very helpful. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Stove burns well and generates lots more heat than the previous open fire. What is not to like?

Sam

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A Huge Thank You!

"Dear Mark and Gill, a huge thank you for designing and making the Hobbit stove! We had two different London-based fireplace companies tell us that we simply had to knock out the old cast iron and tile fireplace to fit in a woodburning stove, and that there was no other option! Then we found you online. We are delighted with our little Hobbit, which swallows up logs and kicks out a good amount of heat. Perfect for the winter! I will also be writing to the London-based fireplace companies to put the Hobbit on their radar. Best wishes."

Nat

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Delighted With Our Hobbit Stove!

"Mark, Gill, thank you for your assistance, we are delighted with our Hobbit! I fired it up this evening after taking all afternoon making a register plate to fit the opening."

Alan

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It's Brilliant!

"Hi Mark, here's a photo of the Hobbit installed in my Yorkist grate. It’s brilliant! It also throws out a lot more heat than the grate did."

Roger T

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Just to Say Thank You!

"I just had a chat with Gill saying how delighted we are with our little Hobbit stove, and to also thank you both for your attention to detail and excellent customer service!"

Derrick

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The Little Hobbit Has Stepped Up To The Challenge!

"We just wanted to say how impressed and how much of a life saver our little Hobbit has been! It was fitted a few months ago in our holiday home in Rhu, Scotland, which is a large open plan conversion in a Victorian house. This weekend our boiler decided it was not going to play ball. The little Hobbit has stepped up to the challenge, providing heat to a very large area, about twenty eight foot by twenty four foot with a high ceiling of about eighteen foot, keeping the room reasonably warm, warm enough for us not to use cardigans!”

Alan W

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Very Pleased With Our Hobbit!

"We are very pleased with the stove and think it looks great! We restored our fireplace (it was hidden under plaster!) and the whole look is better than we hoped!"

Neil

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Absolutely Delighted!

"Just had our Hobbit SE installed in our Victorian fireplace and we are absolutely delighted with the end result. We felt passionate about preserving our lovely fireplace!"

Andy

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Our Pride And Joy!

"What a fantastic fireplace with the beautiful Hobbit stove. It fits perfectly into the small space and throws out a lot of heat. Here's a photo of our little stove, now our pride and joy and much admired by all who see and feel the warmth."

Chris and C

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Fantastic!

"Just to bid you all a Happy New Year and to say how much we’re enjoying having our Hobbit stove! It was easy to fit with the help of your excellent ‘how to’ videos and we’re just awaiting our inspection by building control for the certification. The Hobbit has fitted neatly into the hearth vacated by the old gas back boiler (with a little cosmetic rendering) and never ceases to surprise us how much heat it can deliver to the point that the new condenser boiler is having an easy life, thereby saving us on gas bills too! Everyone loves having a ‘real fire’ in the living room."

Philip Baird

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A Brilliant Little Wood Burner!

"The stove we bought from you is really starting to come into its own as the weather cools down. Here is a photo showing how much one of our dogs is enjoying it!"

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Brilliant Product!

"Just wanted to share a picture of our newly installed Hobbit. Absolutely delighted with it, and so pleased we were able to retain our existing fireplace as well. Brilliant product, thank you!"

Marion

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