I am having a major problem with getting a wood burning stove installed in my lounge. The open fireplace which presently exists is very attractive, but it produces a heat efficiency of 2%.
Now then. At first glance the French rules governing installation of a poele seem very favourable: you get a significantly reduced VAT rate on labour, a 30% refund on the cost of the unit when you next pay your property tax and insurance protection against fire. BUT... this presumes that your fitter is the same person who sells you the unit, even though there is nothing in the rules which stipulates that he should be. The fitters - French, English or Kwazulu - all hide behind the myth that work cannot proceed unless they have supplied the product. With this ridiculous caveat they are fully booked into January, 2015, and there is no chance of installation before Christmas.
I want a Thornton Dale stove manufactured by Town & Country Fires of Yorkshire. This is because a) I like it and b) it fits within the intended space, whereas other available models do not and would necessitate the knocking about of walls. The Thornton Dale can be sourced in France, but not within my catchment area. Thus far, all fitters approached have refused to install it. If it's not in their shop window they don't want to know. But wait a minute... the stove carries a 12 year guarantee, exceeds emission requirements and conforms with all other European specifications. So why should the French 'go green' inducements be void? I could actually give someone the purchase price of the unit in order that he might buy it on my behalf - thereby becoming both supplier & fitter and consolidating my entitlements. The reason this won't happen, of course, is that the greedy buggers want the profit margin on the sale of the stove for themselves and perpetuate the red tape myth for their own ends. This practice should cease immediately.
If you are a qualified fitter who is prepared to work without the absurd precondition that you sell me a stove which I do not want, and you are able to offer all the benefits of the French scheme, my telephone number is 0626123880.