You may think that if you don’t have a chimney in your home you can’t install a woodburning stove. But think again.
You can still enjoy woodburner stoves in rooms without chimneys as long as you install a flue pipe system and ensure you have adequate ventilation.
Fitting an insulated flue
Essentially, a flue is a substitute for a chimney and can pass through an outdoor wall and continue up the outside of your property.
Alternatively, you could run your flue inside the house and then out through the roof. This option avoids having pipes on the outside of your home, but you do need to look at the practicality of having a flue pass through rooms in your house. Having your flue inside works well if you intend your stove to be a freestanding feature rather than situated in a conventional fireplace setting.
Flues can be made from a range of different materials including stainless steel, concrete, pumice, clay or ceramic and plastic. Clay and pumice flues are suitable for wood, multi fuel, oil and gas while plastic flues would only be used with low-temperature condensing applications.
Where to install your woodburner stove
There are many different kinds of woodburning stoves in a variety of shapes and sizes including free standing and wall hung. The type you choose will probably depend on the layout of your home and the path your flue takes.
In a kitchen, it may make sense to take your flue directly outside. Whereas in a living room you could opt for an internal flue and make it a design feature. Exposed flues work well in minimalist rooms. Or you could create a traditional looking chimney and match the exposed flue to the colour of the stove, either in black or metallic.
Flue and stove maintenance
It’s essential to clean your stove and flue regularly as keeping them clear of soot, creosote and ash will help to avoid fire hazards. This will also extend the lifetime of your stove and flue and improve their efficiency.
How you clean your stove and flue will depend on the type of woodburner stove you install, but each type will come with a full set of maintenance instructions.
Building regulations for woodburning stoves
Installation work relating to woodburning stoves is subject to building regulations. These include specifications on how the flue is fitted, the size of your hearth or the distance of your stove from combustible materials.
If you live in a listed building, this could limit the options open to you when it comes to installing a woodburner stove. Plus, as building regulations may impact on the type of wood burning stove you can have, it’s advisable to speak to a HETAS registered installer before buying.
You can find out more by viewing the regulations documents found on the HETAS website as well as the following useful document: General guidance on the selection and installation of flues and chimneys for wood burning and multi fuel appliances in residential properties.
Use a HETAS registered stove installer
HETAS is the official body recognised by the Government that approves solid fuel heating appliances, including the registration of competent installers. A HETAS registered stove installer has the experience of installing different types of stoves and will be able to make recommendations on every aspect of your woodburning stove including ventilation and other health and safety issues.
If you’re considering installing a wood burner or multi-fuel stove and would like advice from a HETAS registered engineer, contact Peter on 07749 863650 or visit www.hgs-homeandgarden.co.uk for further information.