CEDA and HETAS collaborate on new guidance
Solid fuel fired catering equipment has seen a huge increase in popularity in the last couple of years. HETAS has spent the last 18 months in close collaboration with ceda to produce some much-needed industry guidelines. These guidelines are in harmony with the latest version of DW172, the specification for commercial kitchen ventilation systems.
CEDA Ltd is the premier Trade Association representing the most professional Catering Equipment Distributors and Service companies in the UK. Click here to find out more about ceda.
With no “ready-made” document available, Peter Kay from ceda has spent the last 18 months in close collaboration with HETAS to produce some much-needed industry guidelines.
Understanding the risk
There are a number of risks associated with this type of equipment including:
- Production of carbon monoxide
- Sparks from the fuels being burned
- Very high temperature exhaust fumes
Aimed at a broad cross section of the industry, the guide is recommended for foodservice operators, kitchen design teams, equipment suppliers and installers, ventilation designers and engineers, maintenance engineers and ventilation cleaning specialists.
Topics covered include all aspects of equipment selection and positioning, ventilation, fire suppression, equipment operation, fuel types plus storage and handling, cleaning equipment and ductwork and maintenance issues.
HETAS and ceda expect the guide to become the go to document for the industry.
HETAS Registrants can access a free to download pdf version of the guidance document in the HETAS Technical Area. Alternatively, contact the HETAS Technical Helpline for advice.
The document entitled “Guidance on best practice for the safe installation, operation and maintenance of solid fuel fired catering equipment in commercial premises” is available from ceda for a cost of £50. To order a copy please visit the website www.ceda.co.uk/contact-us/ or contact ceda directly on 01386 793911 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When should I get my chimney swept?
Once again this year, HETAS was proud to support Chimney Fire Safety week which took place from 4th-10th September.
Whilst there was a reduction in nationwide chimney fires, there were still over 5,000 avoidable chimney fires in England and Wales – April 2016 to March 2017.
Our team is often asked “When should I get my chimney swept?”
HETAS encourage having your chimney swept at least twice a year when burning wood or bituminous housed coal and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels.
The best times to have your chimney swept are just before the start of the heating season and after your stove has not been used over a prolonged period. If sweeping twice a year, the second time should be after the peak of the main heating season.
Use a Professional
HETAS recommends that chimney sweeping is best carried out by a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep. In order to maintain high standards of sweeping, HETAS is associated with these professional bodies: The Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS), The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps (GoMCS) and The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS).
Brought to you by Fire Kills, HETAS and the three chimney sweep associations, the below website will provide you with tips and guidance to avoid having a chimney fire.
Click here to find your local HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep.
All HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps will be able to provide an identity card. Always ask to see identification before a sweep carries out any work.
Further Guidance and Advice
To download a free HETAS Advice Leaflet on Operating and Maintaining your stove – click here!
The HETAS team is available to call on 01684 278170 or email click here to visit our Contact Page.
Are you ready for Energy Labelling?
The Energy Labelling Directive was introduced to make consumer choice on appliance selection easier, and to allow for more informed choices on solid fuel equipment purchases to be made in relation to the efficiency level of solid fuel systems and system packages on the market today.
All newly manufactured solid fuel appliances sold in retailer outlets and from suppliers after the implementation dates (detailed in the guidance) will have affixed to the front of them a legible copy of the energy label, giving further technical details and information on the appliance performance capabilities and energy rating.
The dates of implementation for when the Energy Labelling Directive becomes mandatory are as follows:
- Independent Boiler Appliances (providing heat solely for central heating and hot water) – 1st April 2017
- Roomheater Stoves (providing heat into the room in which they are installed) – 1st January 2018
HETAS has developed specific guidance for manufacturers, installers and retailers. Follow the links below for the specific guidance which is available in the HETAS Technical Area (registration with HETAS required for access):
The HETAS Technical Helpline is available to discuss the requirements should you have any questions relating to the guidance provided by HETAS. Call 01684 278194. Manufacturers of appliances can contact the Product Approval team on 01684 278183.
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