Stove sales hot up as householders rethink fuel options
HIGH oil and gas prices are hurting a lot of consumers but they are boosting stove maker Waterford Stanley.
The firm said sales of its cast-iron stoves -- to replace traditional open fires -- rocketed by more than 40pc last year.
The Waterford-based company, which is now a division of the stove and cooker giant Aga, claims over 300,000 Irish homes now have a Stanley product.
That would give the firm more than 50pc of the solid-fuel market here.
Company marketing director Eileen Slattery said higher energy costs had helped turn families towards the solid-fuel appliance.
"Tougher economic times have spurred Irish households to rethink home-heating costs and efficiency," she said.