- “People find it very hard to move away from an open fire.”
- “The biggest shift with us in the last three or four years is that houses that are being built now are being built without chimneys.”
Manufacturer and distributor Heat Design has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. It began its journey manufacturing cast iron inserts and accessories.
Since then, its product portfolio has grown to include a comprehensive range of solid fuel stoves, gas and flue products, marble fireplaces, granite products and more recently electric fires.
A well-known name in the Irish market with its own brands including Vitae, Firewarm, San Remo, Green and Iconic, Heat Design also has established partnerships with Skamol and Promafour, distributes the Westfire and Mendip Stoves ranges from Eurostove, Lacunza stoves, Fireline Stoves, Polaris, Infinity and iDeep electric fires from Charlton & Jenrick and is the exclusive distributor in Southern Ireland of Percy Doughty’s Vision Trimline Gas Fires, Solus Electric Fires, Penman and Gallery range.
With now over 3000 stock items, they are constantly innovating and bringing new products to the market, keeping their range fresh and in-line with current trends. Their product range is a result of concentrated research. They design and manufacture 70% of their product range.
All new stove and gas products conform to the new 2022 emissions making today’s stoves up to 10 times cleaner than those sold 20 years ago.
“Stoves have been around for a number of years but they have become popular within the Irish market over the last 10 or 15 years. Stoves are safer, cleaner and more efficient than an open fire. People find it very hard to move away from an open fire,’’ explained Eoin O’Connor.
“Since the restrictions were lifted, we found that a lot of homeowners spent money on their homes and gardens. This year due to the price of oil, we think people will be installing stoves so they can be in charge of their own fuel bills.
Oil has increased significantly over the last couple of years so we think there is going to be a shift towards stoves this year.
The biggest shift with us in the last three or four years is that houses that are being built now are being built without chimneys and if you don’t have a chimney, you don’t have a fireplace which means there is no focal point in a living room. Over the last few years, we have seen homeowners installing electric fires with their television above it which creates a gorgeous media wall, added Mr O’Connor.