Recent reports have suggested that it is inadvisable to put wood burning stoves in tents and pods – however – many in the industry are already doing so with great success. Now, leading not-for-profit organisation HETAS that approves biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services, including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses, has added its weight to calls for responsible operation of stoves in glamping.
“I realise that until recently there has been a lack of advice and relevant standards relating to the use of stoves in various yurts and tents etc. I would say, only use solid fuel stoves in Glamping accommodation if you follow the right guidance to ensure it is a safe installation for use by your customers,” says Bruce Allen HETAS CEO.
“The HETAS technical helpline regularly receives questions from our registered installers about stoves in yurts, caravans, boats and park homes – so we have published technical advice, which can be found on our website www.hetas.co.uk or glampsites are welcome to contact us directly for more details,” adds Bruce.
“Good fuel, safe modern appliances and great registered installers are key elements – followed by regular stove and chimney maintenance – and a working CO alarm is a fantastic safety device. Our technical committee and the BS standards committee work together and we are updating standards in this area but this process usually takes around 2 years. So HETAS is the only organisation that I am aware of issuing guidance to its installers (around 4500 around UK). We have internal and external technical committees, as well as technical people able to advise around safety issues so we are pleased to help where we can.”
Another issue for glampsite owners to consider is wood quality. HETAS has a sister company Woodsure the UK’s only wood-fuel quality scheme. Dry wood reduces environmental impact and increases efficiency and safety. Certainly Wood is a company that champions good quality, dry wood that reduces environmental impact. Managing Director of Certainly Wood, Nic Snell works with HETAS on the Governance Committee looking after “Ready to burn” dry wood-fuel. “Our kiln dried logs are HETAS quality assured,” says Nic. “This means that they are 100% quality assured British kiln dried hardwood suitable for immediate burning on all wood burning appliances, including those in glamping accommodation. Many of our glamping customers find our kiln-dried logs give the ultimate clean burn with maximum heat output.”