STOVE & INSTALLATION GUIDE…
Things to think about when considering a wood/coal burning stove installation….
WHO IS GOING TO INSTALL YOUR STOVE – ARE YOU GOING TO USE A HETAS REGISTERED INSTALLER?
HETAS is a governed body for the solid fuel installers. All solid fuel installations whether its wood or coal must be signed off by a HETAS registered installer….Stoves can be installed by non – Hetas registered installers providing your Local Building Control Dept. inspect and certify the work, this can cost approx. £380 but please note not all Building Control Depts will certify such work.
As HETAS registered installers we are able to ‘Self Certify’ work then notify Local Authorities that works have been completed in a safe and compliant way without the need for them to inspect.
ANY INSTALLATION THAT IS NOT CERTIFIED BY A HETAS REGISTERED INSTALLER (OR BUILDING CONTROL) THE WORKS ARE DEEMED ILLEGAL AND MOST INSURANCE GROUPS WONT PAY OUT ON ANY CLAIMS OF FIRES CAUSED BY INCORRECTLY INSTALLED SOLID FUEL APPLIANCES.
To check if a company is HETAS registered please go to:
DO YOU HAVE A CHIMNEY FLUE/BREAST?
YES – If there is an existing chimney breast flue it will need to be swept thoroughly and then lined with a FLEX LINER so a solid fuel appliance can be installed ( existing gas liners left in the flue after a gas fire has been removed is not appropriate) Lining the chimney helps the stove operate more efficiently.
NO – If no chimney its NO PROBLEM a ‘Twinwall Metal Chimney System’ can be installed, internally or externally (Hetas installers need to be competent in both areas in order to do both so please check they have H003 & H006 accreditations to do the work) – twinwall systems are large stainless steel chimney structures (they can be factory powder coated in other colours) and if run internally can be boxed in.
Stoves over 5kw will require an airvent fitted, the reason for an airvent is…
If the output of your stove is greater than 5kW then you do need permanent ventilation to the room. There is no stipulation in the building regulations as to the type of vent that must be used however examples would be air bricks, core drill vents etc.
For stoves with outputs over 5kW the free area requirement of the vent is 550mm² per kW over and above 5kW. So an 8kW appliance would have a free air requirement of 1650mm². The amount of ventilation required does vary for other types of appliance such as open fires or stoves with flue draught stabilisers, please ask HETAS approved installer for advice.
A sufficient air supply for a solid fuel fired appliance is very important. It ensures that complete combustion of the fuel occurs and also allows the chimney to function correctly. An insufficient air supply can have serious consequences. Smoking will occur and also increased levels of carbon monoxide will be produced which can be life threatening.
DO YOU LIVE IN A SMOKE CONTROL AREA?
Under the ‘ Clean Air Act’ local authorities may declare a whole or part of an area/district to be a Smoke Controlled Area….If you live in one of these areas/districts you CANNOT burn wood unless you have a DEFRA APPROVED stove. Some parts of the DY and WR post coded areas are smoke controlled..so please check your area before purchasing a stove.
DO YOU NEED A CONSTRUCTIONAL HEARTH?
To answer this its down to the choice of stove and installation you have. If a stove can push more than 100°C directly downwards then a constructional hearth is needed. A constructional hearth needs to be minimum 125mm deep ( 250mm if there are combustible materials under the hearth). You may already have a constructional hearth if you have an existing fireplace or solid floor (not floorboards) this then needs to be 500mm in front of the fireplace opening aswell as 150mm wider each side, some existing hearths can fall short.
Some better quality stoves dont need constructional hearths, instead just a 12mm ‘Super-imposed’ non-combustible hearth is fine (ie – solid floor tiles).
WILL HAVING A STOVE INSTALLED REDUCE ENERGY BILLS?
Woodburners are an increasingly popular way to reduce energy bills. Well seasoned wood can in some areas cost as little as 1p per kWh and gas is 4.8p per kWh
(info sourced from www.confusedaboutenergy.co.uk)
Example : A 5kw stove used for 4hrs a day during Winter would save approx £155 pa and if using an 8kw stove for 5hrs a day you could save approx £350 pa!
We check all seals, ropes etc and remaking of seals if necessary,replace ropes if needed and touching up of stove if needed.
Prices for services are £80 (this is where we do the service of the stove as well as a sweep).
NB….Rope seals degrade over time and will need replacing every 2-3 yrs, if its not replaced efficiency of the stove drops and harmful gases can leak out.
Any additional stoves to be done on the same day will be charged at £50 (but only if done in the same visit).
We can offer a wide range of hearth finishes to suit individual personal choice and to suit your stove…
- Rustic brick finish
- Gloss Granite
- Honed /Riven Slate
- Floor Tiles
……something for everyone’s taste.
Completing or framing your stove installation we offer a range of Oak beams (all kiln dried so no shrinking will occur once fitted).
Classic – Rustic , different shades and finishes depending on how light & natural you want it to how dark and knotty you want it.
All finished in different oils and waxes but all are individual in look.