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As a small craft based manufacturer we qualify as a ‘micro enterprise’ and as such, under EU Regulation (the Construction Products Regulation 2011, A 37/38), can certify our own products.
We conduct basic thermal testing of all our products in house, and have two of our stoves externally tested and CE marked (the Hybrid space heater, and the Sumo boiler). These tests were done in March 2009 at GASTEC in Cheltenham, and gave us a thorough insight into the various parameters of safety and efficiency that a stove must comply with in the UK and throughout Europe (results available on request).
To submit for external testing the wide range of models that we’ve developed over the years would be prohibitively expensive for us, especially with the high proportion of custom-building that we do. It would also really limit the radical design ethos that we’ve always tried to bring to our stoves.
We have various procedures in place for constancy of performance (CNC plasma cutting of parts, jigs and templates for particular models, and regular fabrication procedures), but being able to self-certify allows us the freedom to not only continually develop new design, but also to custom-build.
To comply with Building Regulations, each stove comes with a detailed CE Declaration of Performance, signed by the business owner, Steve Dowling, and we stand 100 per cent behind everything that goes out of our doors.
We can only offer the Hybrid and Sumo models as fully tested and certified by Gastec but all other models can be offered as one off designs, though each of these has been thoroughly tested both in house and in numerous domestic situations over the years.
Each of these stoves is personally signed off by Steve Dowling and, as a micro-enterprise, Dowling Stoves is permitted to certify these as 'one off' models. (EU Regulation, Construction A37/38)
- These derogations of European Law allow us continually develop our ideas and designs as well as custom build -
We would hope as well that thirty years experience of design and fabrication will reassure customers world wide that when you buy a Dowling you’re getting a tried and tested product, of unmatched robustness and longevity.
Dowling Stoves, Unit 3, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Newton Stewart, Scotland DG8 9AB
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