Wood Burning Stoves – Installing

Wood Burning Stoves are an extremely efficient way of heating your home. If you have a decent supply of seasoned wood and are looking for the most efficient way to burn it, a wood burning stove is your best best.

As with many appliances many people shop around on the internet for the best stove to suit their taste, style and budget. This is where the journey begins but this is the simplest part of being an owner of a wood burning stove.

On the face of it, to any DIY enthusiast, the installation of a wood burning stove looks relatively simple. Having years of experience we have heard and seen every ridiculous installation and ideas out there.

You just put it in the fireplace, stick a pipe in the chimney and light it don’t you? Well the short answer is NO.

There are many option you need to consider:

How old is your house?

What state is your chimney in?

Are you in a smoke control area?

Do you want the guarantee and safety of lining your chimney?

Do you even have a chimney?

The most basic type of stove installation is a simple pipe and register plate installation. This involves installing your wood burning stove into your existing chimney. You flue the gases up into the chimney with a piece vitreous enamelled flue pipe. This is then sealed with a steel register plate.

The safest and most efficient way to install your stove is to also liner your chimney with a stainless steel double skinned flexible chimney liner. Even if you chimney is in decent condition, most people opt for a chimney liner as it is guaranteed for up to 15 years and allows the stove to burn more efficiently.

You may not have a chimney at all. If you wish to install a stove in a room without a chimney, this can be achieved by using twin walled rigid flue pipe. You can then choose to flue the system either out through the ceiling and loft or out of the wall and up the side of the house.

So those are the 3 methods commonly used to install wood burning stoves.

If you wish to install your stove yourself, you will have to source all the relevant parts from a good wood burning stove site. You will then have to install all the parts in compliance with Building Regulations Document J and file for a building notice with your local council.

Your other option is to call in a professional HETAS registered Stove Installer to install your wood burning stove. This engineer will be able to ‘sign off’ your installation without the involvement of building control.

Make sure you adhere to the 5 golden rules:

1) Seek professional Advice

2) Make sure that you stove is right for you (multifuel or wood, smoke control approved)

3) Think about safety and efficiency when choosing an installation

4) Install the stove to building regulations or have a professional HETAS installer

5) Make sure you burn good seasoned wood