Events and Exhibitions

Installer 2018Events and Exhibitions

With the heating season still in full swing, we wanted to let you know about the events and exhibitions where you can catch up with the HETAS team over the next few months and throughout 2018. Read more.

The HETAS team has a busy couple of months coming up with events and exhibitions around the country. Make sure you take some time out of your busy schedule to meet the HETAS team and see what else is on offer at some of the industry events in 2018.

Chimney Sweep Exhibitions

First up in 2018 we have the two chimney sweep exhibitons. At the start of March (Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd) we will be joining the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps at the Oxford Belfry for their annual exhibition. The exhibition itself takes place in the College Suite and will be open during the following times:

  • Friday 2nd March 9:30 am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday 3rd March 9:00am  – 3.00pm

Following the exhibition the Guild will have their Annual General Meeting. Please note attendance to the AGM is only available for Guild members.

Find out more on the Guild website.

Following shortly after we head over to the Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon for the National Association of Chimney Sweeps Exhibition. Being held on the 13th and 14th April this event will be open to industry and members of the public from 9.30am – 4.00pm on both the Friday and the Saturday.

For hotel room reservations, please ring the hotel directly on 01789 279911 and quote “The National Association of Chimney Sweeps” for the preferential rates.

For more information on the NACS Exhibition click here.

Installer 2018

Bringing together over 3,500 visitors and more than 100 brands, Installer2018 will once again deliver the UK’s plumbing and heating professionals with an event focused totally on them and their businesses – providing solutions to everyday issues that affect the industry.

Taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Installer 2018 runs from the 8th to the 10th May. The doors open at 10am each day.

Allowing installers to get hands-on with the products they use on a daily basis is at the heart of Installer2018, which has lots of show features designed with heating and plumbing engineers in mind:

  • HELPDESK – Boilers & Smart Controls
  • Demonstration Zones
  • Live discussion groups involving industry experts
  • Live skill challenges
  • Show-only offers on products
  • A VIP evening

For more information and to sing up for your free tickets head over to the  Installer 2018 website.

Later in the year we will also be attending Hearth & Home and APF alongside Woodsure. More on these events closer to the time.

Keep up to date with our events in the HETAS Events Diary.

Do I need my chimney lined

Do I need my chimney lined?

Liner v’s no liner

One of the most common questions asked on the HETAS Consumer Helpline is Do I need my chimney lined?

There is a regulation that says your installer must satisfy themselves that the chimney is free from defects and suitable for its intended use. When he or she checks your chimney they may find that the only way to provide you with a compliant and safe installation is to line the chimney. If there is any risk that the chimney could leak fumes in to the house they must line it with a suitable re-lining material. There are quite a few choices of system and the most popular is the flexible stainless steel type. It may be an essential part of your installation.

If any work undertaken on the chimney, including installation of a new liner, is done in conjunction with the installation of a heating appliance, then that work is a controlled service and must be undertaken by a competent person, such as a HETAS Registered Installer or approved by your Local Authority Building Control department.

Why line a chimney?

Chimneys are lined for a number of safety reasons. New chimneys may require relining to suit the fuel type being used (a gas flue liner may not be suitable for other fuels). Chimney systems that predate 1965 will often require a modern lining solution for the following reasons:

  • The flue may have lost integrity and can leak smoke into rooms or other part of the building
  • Condensates or tar can seep through chimney walls causing staining, inside or outside of the building
  • Lining with insulation included can improve the operation of the appliance and flue – particularity important when the chimney is situated on an external wall
  • Defective flue systems may be eroded and rough. Thus will cause frictional resistance to the flow of the gases resulting in poor up-draught
  • Large flues over 200mm, particularly ones containing voids, may affect appliance performance. Some appliance manufacturers specify smaller flues for efficient operation

The BFCMA has produced general guidance on the selection and installation of flues and chimneys for wood burning and multi fuel appliances in residential properties. Click here to view the guidance document. Always consult a HETAS Registered Installer prior to undertaking any solid fuel installation work.

The British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers’ Association is Britain’s only Trade Association for factory-made chimney products and works closely with Government, public bodies and other organisations to further the interest of the chimney & flue industry. Click here to find out more about the BFCMA.



HETAS launches installer registration schemes across Ireland

HETAS Registered Installer: HETAS IrelandInstaller Registration in Ireland

Following on from a successful launch event at Oriel Flues, HETAS is pleased to announce that installer registration is now available across Ireland.

HETAS has a long standing relationship with installers of solid fuel appliances in Ireland.  Over the last 10 years over 400 installers have undertaken HETAS training in Ireland recognising the requirement for safety and professional development. Training providers include Oriel Flues and North West Regional College.

The HETAS Competent Person scheme is already well established in England, Wales and Scotland and enables installers to demonstrate their competence and professionalism. The HETAS three tick logo is the industry mark of quality used by registered installers and servicing businesses who have been trained and assessed at a HETAS Training Centre and shows that the registered business holds themselves up for scrutiny by HETAS. This gives confidence to the end user that the installation has been carried out to Building Regulations by an installer appropriately qualified to carry out the work.

Following discussions with various industry stakeholders (including government officials, installers, retailers, and manufacturers of appliances and chimneys/flues) alongside interest from consumers, HETAS is pleased to launch the HETAS Registered Installer scheme across Ireland.

HETAS Training and Technical Support Manager Mike Harvey comments “One of the key areas of the scheme benefits is the highly acclaimed Technical Helpline support available to registrants; HETAS is unique in that the helpline is specific to solid fuel and biomass with dedicated staff available to answer calls from registered installers on any matter arising in relation to installation.

Installers are also able to request advice over email and access the member only Technical Area of the HETAS website which contains useful information on appropriate Regulations, national and European Standards, HETAS Technical Bulletins, HETAS Guidance and much more”

For further information on the HETAS scheme visit or contact HETAS on +44 1684 279170 to discuss registration with the team.