If you have decided to buy a wood burning stove it is imperative that you have it installed properly. A wood burning stoves installation can be dangerous if it is not done in the correct manner.
The first and most important thing to remember is that the installation should ideally be done by an engineer who is HETAS approved. They will adhere to all HETAS regulations and thus ensure the installation is perfectly safe and efficient. In cases where people feel they are competent enough to install a stove, local authority building control must be notified so they can visit and inspect the installation.
Wood Burning Stove Installation
Many wood burning stoves are installed in open fireplaces where a chimney is already present. In this case you will need to line your chimney prior to installing the stove, to make sure it is fit for purpose.
Once this is done, you can get on with your wood burning stove installation. You need to ensure you can sit the stove on a plinth that is larger than the footprint of the stove. You need to measure an additional 150mm on each side of the stove and add 300mm onto the front as well. This only applies to a fireplace installation.
How To Install A Wood Burning Stove
The next step is to install a register plate. This fits inside the chimney and receives the flue pipe. It can also allow access to the chimney for cleaning purposes. Obviously you will also need the correct flue pipe so you can fit one end to the stove and the other to the register plate. Fire cement will also be required to make sure the register plate is properly fixed in place. While it can be made to fit your specific chimney you need to be sure there are no gaps around it anywhere.
Of course you don’t necessarily need a fireplace in order to enjoy a wood burning stove. Many people ask how to install a wood burning stove in a freestanding position where no fireplace exists. In this situation you would need to use a double skin insulated flue.
This is because the flue will go up into the ceiling and outside, rather than heading straight up the chimney. In this situation no register plate is required because the flue will attach to the stove and then go up through the ceiling and to the outside. Bear in mind that if you live in a house you will need to accommodate the flue in rooms above the room where the stove is situated.
Finally, once installation is complete, make sure you have a fire alarm and a carbon monoxide detector installed to give total peace of mind. If a stove is fitted incorrectly it can leak carbon monoxide and this is undetectable by humans.
Stay safe, make sure you approach the installation correctly and you will be able to enjoy your new stove for many years to come.