Category Archives: Installers

Gold service key to success

When you think of the West Country you think of thatched cottages, cream teas and rolling hills, but what’s it like for oil installers working in the countryside? Oil Installer spoke to Sam Fice, director of Energy Systems (SW) Ltd, about the state of the industry today. The company “Energy Systems was established in 1984 […]


Installer goes back to school

OFTEC award winner, Adam Smith talks to Oil Installer’s Liz Boardman about his winning installation and working with renewables In October 2012, Adam picked up the award for oil boiler installer (which he shares with WD Taylor Plumbing and Heating’s Graham Taylor). Nominated by OFTEC inspector, Clive King, Adam told Oil Installer that he was […]


A golden oldie

Worcester Bosch -Marton Hayes with his 39-year-old WEC Firefly boiler

A Shropshire homeowner may have what is thought to be one of the oldest domestic oil boilers still in operation in the UK.  Marton Hayes, of Oswestry, contacted Worcester, Bosch Group after discovering that his WEC Firefly HD II had been heating his three-bedroom detached home since 1973. With an output of 60K BTU (17.5 […]


Oil plus solar thermal – a prize installation

Oil boiler and solar thermal installation

Dave Shaw, of South Coast Solar, won first prize in the Greenstar oil-fired boiler installation category at the 12th annual Environment 2020 Awards, hosted by Worcester, Bosch Group. His project, installing an energy-efficient Greenstar 25/32 oil-fired system boiler alongside a Greenskies solar thermal system on a beachfront bungalow in Downderry, Cornwall, won praise from the […]

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When the going gets tough

Oil boiler

Like most other industries, oil has had its challenges this year. Oil Installer spoke to installers across the UK to find out what had been their toughest challenge in 2011. Being taken for a ride Unsurprisingly, the biggest concern was the prevalence of unregistered heating engineers and plumbers. Guernsey based Paul Scott Maindonal told Oil […]