Category Archives: Industry News

Boilers – are two or more better than one?

Although a single appliance is the most frequently chosen option, large dwellings or commercial premises often benefit from having two or more smaller appliances, rather than a single appliance, to meet the building’s maximum heat requirements. So, when it comes to replacing a single large appliance, it’s well-worth discussing this option with your customer. To […]


Women in the heating industry – why aren’t there more?

Of more than 9,000 OFTEC registered technicians, fewer than 30 are female. Perhaps some readers will be surprised it’s even that many, whilst others will feel, like OFTEC, that the number should be much higher. Particularly given the shortage of skilled heating engineers, it’s perhaps disappointing that more women haven’t seen the many potential advantages […]


“OFTEC must be the voice of reason” to ensure the industry’s future

Grant Engineering director, Niall Fay, officially took over the two-year OFTEC chairmanship from Nick Hawkins at last year’s annual general meeting and conference. To introduce himself to OFTEC members, Niall has agreed to address a series of questions about his thoughts, his priorities and the current challenges faced by the oil heating industry… What will […]


Ireland adopts OFTEC syllabus for oil training

SOLAS, the State Organisation with responsibility for funding, planning and co-ordinating Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland is now using OFTEC oil assessments as part of the Phase 4 plumbing curriculum. Candidates that achieve the plumbing apprenticeship will have achieved a nationally recognised standard in the installation and maintenance of oil-fired boilers, and will […]


Anglo Nordic releases new heating & ventilation components catalogue

Anglo Nordic have announced the release of their new product catalogue, featuring details of the company’s latest products, additions and revisions to existing ranges. The new “edition 4” catalogue features a green globe on the front cover and went live on 1st September, superseding all previous editions. Listening carefully to customer and user feedback, Anglo […]


When is a fire barrier required?

Contrary to general opinion, a fire barrier is not there to stop an oil tank fire spreading to a neighbouring building or adjacent boundary but is to protect the oil tank from a fire originating from within a building. Current regulations across the UK and Ireland require fire separation distances to be observed when placing […]


Oil Installer hits the screens!

Over the years, the popular BBC satirical programme, Have I Got News For You, has featured some obscure, if not esoteric, magazines in its “missing words” round – including publications such as Drain Trader, Potato Storage International, Lighthouse World, Modern Ferret, Teddy Bear Times, and even Fuel Oil News.  So when Oil Installer popped up […]


Introducing OFTEC’s vision for the future of off-grid domestic heating…

As reported in the last issue of Oil Installer, OFTEC’s vision document is designed to influence government policy at a time when the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is still considering the responses to its domestic heating consultation, which finished in January. OFTEC’s proposals to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction for […]


Life on Worcester’s production line… Neil and Peter build their boilers

A lucky installer and a representative of Oil Installer have been given a feel for life on the production line at the Worcester Bosch Group’s specialist oil boiler factory in Clay Cross, Derbyshire – both taking home a brand new appliance built on the day. Cambridge-based installer Neil Pleasants of The Heating Company was invited […]


Grant joins OFTEC as Charlotte’s sponsor

Grant UK has announced it is sponsoring the kit of promising young hockey player, Charlotte Kilby, who is also sponsored by OFTEC. Charlotte has been playing for Cirencester Ladies and is beginning her fifth season with the club. After her second year in goal she was selected to represent Gloucestershire at county level and went […]