Stove Industry Association (SIA) sales data for 2022 shows an overall 43.4% increase in total unit sales compared to 2021, a trend that the UK trade association says clearly indicates that consumers are taking action to help cushion themselves against spiralling home heating bills.
Data collated from all SIA manufacturing members, which accounts for approximately 80% of total UK stove sales, shows that sales grew significantly during the period 1st April to 31st December 2022, with the last two quarters of the year seeing a 68% increase in figures compared to the same periods in 2021.
Total unit sales in 2022 were just over 195k, compared to just over 136k in 2021.*
This increase shows that consumers are recognising the benefits of using modern, Ecodesign compliant wood burning stoves to provide home heating.
Chair of the SIA, Andy Hill, comments:
“With the cost for heating our homes accounting for the biggest chunk of home energy bills this winter, it is little wonder consumers are looking for alternatives to supplement their gas or electric heating. Couple that with growing awareness of how stretched the grid is and the increased possibility of more power cuts this winter, the option to use a highly efficient, low carbon and low emission wood burning stove to heat your main living space makes good (common) sense.”
Not only is this increase in sales good news for the savvy consumer, but it is also good news for the environment too. Feedback from the SIA’s retail network suggests that in many cases these new sales are a replacement for an existing open fire or a much older, very basic stove.
Andy added: “A modern, Ecodesign wood burning stove will emit up to 90% less PM than an open fire, and up to 80% less than many older, basic stoves. Sales of stoves during 2022 were almost exclusively Ecodesign models meaning that consumers are helping to cut carbon and particulate emissions from domestic wood burning, as well as reducing their heating costs.”
*Wood log and multi-fuel stoves. Figures do not include boiler stoves or pellet stoves.