Press Fit Pipework – why we use it

Bringing Heating Installations Up-To-Date

Renewable heating options are becoming more understood and benefiting more properties than ever. At Ashburn Stoves & Heating we are also analysing the whole installation process to ensure our systems offer the best that a combination of time-served experience and modern technology can bring.

Ashburn’s technical manager Bruce Mills has been fitting heating systems into new and old/sensitive properties in the Yorkshire Dales for over 30 years. He is a time served engineer who understands ‘how things work’ and ‘why we do it like this to achieve the best job’ but he is also open to change and new technologies …. he does though need convincing!

Ashburn have adopted Renewable technologies from this perspective; we install well engineered, well designed and specified systems and are also valued by other installer companies for our advice and expertise.

It was therefore with some trepidation that we asked Bruce to consider ‘Press-Fit’ pipe fittings for our copper and stainless steel pipework.

Bruce regards the ability for an engineer to quickly and safely produce hot soldered joints, to be a fundamental skill …. sadly now a dying art with the advent of plastic pipe on cheap gas heating systems.

we use press fit pipework

What is Press-Fit pipe work?

Press-Fit pipe work fittings for copper and stainless steel are metal fittings engineered to fine tolerances, which are then applied to the pipework using compression tools which themselves are precision engineered equipment.


What are the benefits of Press-Fit pipe work?

  • Joints are right, first time every time, the life span of the joint matching that of a traditional hot solder joint.
  • In many old properties or properties where the possibility of fire makes hot soldering into a significant risk; press-fit joints offer a first class installation without using blow torches.
  • Environmentally, press-fit has none of the environmental or health concerns associated with solder.
  • The joints are similar in appearance to traditional joints




What are the down sides?

We have struggled to find many downsides. There are some circumstances where access is tight and makes fitting press-fit difficult. But we are nothing if not ingenious and persistent.

Cost is the only significant cost to ourselves, the compression tool being very expensive; and we need one on every job! However the costs to the customer are no higher as the speed of joint fitting reduces our time on-site.


If you are a property owner, developer, specifier or architect and would like to know more about this, please contact us on 0845 5390364


TRADE: If you are an installer and would like to benefit from our buying power and purchase press-fit fittings from us, please contact us on 0845 5390364


Underfloor Heating from a Heat Pump

One of our current projects involves installing underfloor heating to a new barn conversion.

fitting underfloor heating

Once the builders have installed the Kingspan insulation and a membrane, we lay a continuous circuit of pipework which will then be covered in concrete.

This labyrinth of pipework all  leads back to a control mainifold where the flow can be balanced throughout the house.

In this property the system will then be linked to an Air Source Heat Pump located outside. Air source heat pumps extract latent energy from the air and convert this energy into heat. An alternative would a a Ground Source Heat Pump, extracting heat from the surrounding land.

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Why We Accredit Our Business With OFTEC & GAS SAFE

At Ashburn Stoves & Heating we are proud to shout about our standards and qualifications

As a professional heating engineering company, we accredit ourselves against the highest standards; through OFTEC and GAS SAFE.







Quoted from the OFTEC website –

OFTEC plays a leading role in raising standards within the heating industries of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

fitting a flue cowlThe OFTEC trade association represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers and we develop course and assessment material for training providers. OFTEC also operate a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme for over 8,000 technicians involved in the installation and maintenance of oil, solid fuel, and renewable heating equipment and Part P electrical work.

Finding a competent technician to install or service heating equipment used to be a challenge. That changed in 2002 when the British government removed some of the guesswork by introducing the idea of officially recognised ‘competent person schemes’, for a range of building trades, with the aim of improving standards within the building industry. Heating is one of the trades covered and OFTEC’s competent person scheme is a register of installers of oil, solid fuel and renewable heating equipment. We also offer registration for oil and solid fuel servicing and maintenance businesses.

To become OFTEC registered, all technicians must undertake an approved training course and assessment. They are also inspected regularly by OFTEC to ensure their work meets the required standard.

Regardless of whether you are looking for an installer or a servicing technician, selecting an OFTEC registered technician provides peace of mind that you are choosing a skilled and qualified technician, rather than an untrained and potentially incompetent workmen.


Gas Safe:

Quoted from the Gas Safe Register –

Gas Safe are the official list of gas businesses who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances.

By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. Trust the Triangle.

Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in 2009.

We aim to protect the public from unsafe gas work, and look to achieve this through:

  • a national investigations team tracking down illegal gas workers

  • regular inspections of Gas Safe registered engineers

  • educating consumers and raising awareness of gas safety

  • investigating reports of unsafe gas work