Stovesonline made it's debut appearance at the 2013 Grand Designs Live Show. As the national network partner for biomass for LILI (Low Impact Living Initiative) Stovesonline ran the Energy section.
We spoke to lots of people with projects planned, or who were already in the building stage, and the normal Stovesonline no nonsense, knowledge based advice that we were able to offer seemed to go down very well. Once again it came over strongly that many of the different disciplines within the renewables sector, be it solar thermal, heat pumps, stoves, solar pv etc, are often knowledgeable on their own subject but very weak on the interface between the different technologies. For instance, we heard again and again from people that they had been advised that you can't link a heat pump and a stove, whereas in fact they make a very good combination. Having solar thermal and heat pump technology and information on the stand gave us a clearer picture of how these different renewable solutions could work hand in hand.
We found the large cut-away Akvaterm thermal store drew lots of interest, with all it's copper coils on display, but it was the Klover wood pellet boilers that were undoubtedly the stars of the stand. When you look at their level of automation, compare the cost of pellets per kW compared to electricity and oil and add in the government grants available, wood pellet boilers and stoves become a very logical answer to providing the heating and hot water for a house. Their ease of use and short pay back time seemed to fit the bill again and again. Talking to people at the Grand Designs Show certainly reinforced the idea that wood pellets will be the fuel of the future for many domestic properties.
The Stovesonline trade stand at Ecobuild and Homebuilding and Renovating attracted a great deal of attention. It was also nice to meet a lot of our existing and potential clients face to face for a change. Lots of people had plans along of their ongoing projects for us to take a look at. Quite a few featured relatively traditional looking buildings but to a very low energy standards - they type of buildings I usually tend to like.
We had great support from several manufacturers and importers as well of course and were able to showcase many different types and style of stove, boiler stove, wood pellet stoves, accumulator tanks and system components as well.
What shone out for me was the enthusiasm and technical knowledge of our team, but then I would say that wouldn't I! It was great knowing that we were able to advise as to the best type of stove or boiler, the chimney, the system design for boilers, and of course those situations where a stove was not actually the suitable solution.
Thanks to the past and existing clients who made the effort to come along, and thanks to Andy for designing a great stand.
Here are some links to our Facebook gallery from Ecobuild 2012
And here are some links to our Facebook gallery from the Homebuilding and Renovating Show