If you have a fireplace you may be wondering if you can safely put a wood burner in there. The answer is yes – providing you have a proper chimney. Your property must have a class 1 chimney. It is basically a chimney built from conventional bricks. There should also be a chimney stack visible on your roof.

Some fireplaces may have an existing surround. You may decide to ask your builder to remove this and create a recess to accommodate one of the wood burning stoves on the market today. This should provide access to the opening of the chimney. You can also dress the space with a brand new hearth, beams or a shelf, depending on your preference, in order to get the desired finishing touches in place.

Could you keep your existing surround?

It must meet the right requirements. This means it should be a natural material which is jointed so it is able to expand in the heat. If this is the case you have the option to remove your existing fire and replace it with an inset stove. This is recessed into the fireplace, offering an alternative to having a stove sitting on the floor with a visible flue extending from the rear or top of it.

contura i4 multi fuel stove

A good example to look at here is the Aarrow I Series range. This offers a modern range of stoves with a nice minimalist touch that would look great in any home. Alternatively you might like to look at the Contura i4 fireplace insert, with its large viewing window. Either choice would offer an appealing fire to use if you like the surround you have in place in your room at the moment.

What can you do if you don’t have a proper chimney?

Don’t worry – you can still have a freestanding stove in this situation. A HETAS installer should be able to install an insulated flue system for you. This will go up along the exterior wall of your property instead of up an existing chimney, hence why the insulation is required. You can have a freestanding stove fitted such as the Yeoman CL5 or the Termatech TT20R model.


The Termatech model is tall and has a small footprint, while offering space for logs underneath the fire itself. The Yeoman CL5 has a similar design, offering a modern and engaging appearance, a large viewing window and again, space for storing logs beneath the firebox.

Installation of this type of stove will be different to the process followed if you had a chimney. However you will still get a wood burner of excellent quality that will look sensational in your home. Installing a wood burning stove is something many people would like to do in their homes. However, some believe that without a chimney and fireplace it is impossible to do this. As you can see though, you may still be able to have one installed, albeit by using a different process.

If you have any questions regarding installing a stove in a fireplace, or any other questions please do not hesitate to email us or call on 01926 851 570