The Promotion of Fireplace Doors by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland??
Almost two years ago I spoke, at some length, on the phone to a high ranking advisor at SEAI Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland about promoting fireplace doors as a viable, cheap, and effective way of increasing the nations energy efficiency, if not simply reducing fire related accidents.
The high-ranking SEAI consultant I spoke to practically dismissed the idea out of hand, offering several reasons why it couldn't or shouldn't be attempted, no reasons given why it might be looked at or tried in any sort of reasonable way!!!
I got the feeling that SEAI would much prefer to engage in hugely expensive multi-million Euro exercises promoting woodpellet heaters and geothermal units to the richer part of our society, rather than waste their time on piddling little exercises.
I was extremely frustrated by the stonewall response I received. It is partly the frustration that SEAI engendered, that has led me to have my own prototype fireplace door made. So thank you SEAI for helping me, yet again, - through your obduracy, lack of insight, and institutional self-serving attitude, to embark on another experimental sustainability exercise.
May Fools - June Fools- July Fools- August Fools- etc. !!!
A really big thanks to Seamus O' , my engineering friend who did a first class job of making the experimental door. Firstly, he expertly deciphered my very poor drawings and measurements. Secondly, he came up with some neat ideas for seals, hinges etc.
My new fireplace door is really sturdy and IMHO quite classy looking made 100% in stainless steel. The fittings are simple, strong, and very effective. The door glass is a nice big piece, and gives a really good view of the fire.
So well were the makers interpretations of the measurements, that all I had to do when fitting the door, was present it to the fireplace, drill a couple of holes and it was fitted. Just finished off with a bit of packing to make the seal of the frame to the stone of the fireplace somewhat air tight.
A friend of mine, who is in engineering R&D has recently made me a really nice experimental fireplace door. I fitted it without much effort in about an hour.
I will be taking temperature measurement and experimenting with draught and fuel over the next couple of weeks. I will of course post photos and details here as the experiment runs.
Initial impressions are;
(1) the burn is much better, (2) radiant heat is well reduced from the front of the fire, (3) heat to the back boiler is increased substantially. (4) the door and its frame get quite hot - something you would need to be aware of when adding fuel etc.
The just announced Irish Government Grant of €5000 towards electric cars might be better spent on a national strategy to retrofit existing vehicles.
I have just sent a proposal to Your Country Your Call on this basis. The focus of my proposal is, that instead of importing 100% of electric vehicles EVs over the coming years, and thereby sending some €7bn (my estimate / guesstimate) out of the country, that we set in motion a national plan to retro-fit existing vehicles.
A retrofit EV strategy would:
(1) substantially reduce the money leaving the country on imported electric vehicles,
(2) because of the substantial savings possible over new vehicle purchase price, it would encourage many more people to go electric,
(3) a retrofitting industry would provide new jobs and save existing jobs in the motor trade
(4) stimulate ancillary services,
(5) It would additionally stimulate the economy,
(6) add to national security,
(7) further promote Ireland's sustainability drive,
(8) substantially reduce spending on imported fuels,
(9) spare us scrapping tens of thousands of ICE vehicles, and
(10) last but not least, it would help reduce our carbon footprint.
For several years I wrote a Blog on SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. The term now has a new meaning for me. It stands for the maintenance of heat in low income homes. I have recently started this new Blog called Stretching Income in which I hope to share ideas that may help make small incomes go that bit further. The themes will cover: (1) Savvy Shopping, (2) Careful Cookery, (3) Economic Energy, among others.
I am not writing as an advisor and cannot offer advice other than my own experience and some passed on experiences. Comments are welcome but please do not expect a reply, as this is beyond my remit.