DEFRA review on SWOB (small waste oil burners)
Since joining the working group during 2011 we have attended one DEFRA meeting on the legal review of SWOBs. The consultation has been delayed several times with the last email sent at the end of June 2012 reading :
We are sorry that there has been a further delay to the SWOB consultation. This is mainly due to ongoing work on an impact assessment. Our current estimate is that the consultation should be launched in or around September or early October at the latest. As previously stated, there will be ample time for everyone to respond.
Whilst the uncertainty is not ideal and has to affect investment decisions the current state of play is that there is no ban. The initial meeting suggested there would be an extended period of months from the start of the consultation to the implementation of any legal change. It’s therefore likely that operators buying and licencing a small waste oil burner with the Local Authority could operate it for at least a season. This is typically time enough for the heater to pay for itself with the saving against other fuel sources!
Activity may be banner but not the heater…
The language around “banning SWOBs” is unhelpful and has caused confusion. We frequently speak to customers who are concerned their heaters will become obsolete. This is not the case! The vaporising waste oil burners we supply will remain legal. Any ban would affect burning waste oil. It does not affect the use of a heater. You can still burn heating oil (kerosene, paraffin) or diesel perfectly well along with similar fuels or vegetable oil. The new range of vaporising heaters even include a toggle switch on the control panel to adjust settings at the flick or a switch from universal oil (used or waste oil) to heating oil.
It’s similar with the automatic ignition waste oil heaters we supply. We recommend installing dampers and draft stabilisers in the flue. This along with the controls on the burners will give you the control the set the heater to burn heating in just a few minutes. The heaters can even be converted to gas – simply by replacing the burner and having a suitably qualified person connect to supply.
Clearly, we’d like the law to remain as it is but even if a ban happens you will still have an effective space heater.