With the growing demand for renewable energy solutions, solid fuel and biomass appliances such as wood burner stoves are becoming more popular. However, it’s important to ensure these appliances work safely and efficiently and that installation and servicing are carried out by a properly trained and registered person.

HETAS is a not-for-profit organisation that approves biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services, including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses.

Benefits of using a HETAS registered installer

Registered installers are trained and approved to UKAS standards and can self-certify that their work complies with relevant building regulations.

This means you can be assured the installer has been trained and assessed to carry out compliant work. From a safety point of view, you have the peace of mind of knowing your appliance has been properly installed.

And when it comes to efficiency, you know that your appliance has been installed with your home’s environment in mind. In the long-term, this will save you money as your stove will be set up to achieve optimum performance.

Your Certificate of Compliance

A customer using a HETAS Registered Installer in England and Wales will receive a HETAS Certificate of Compliance (Building Regulation Compliance Certificate) from the installer at the time of installation work, or later through the post.

This certificate proves that your installation complies with relevant Building Regulations. The information on the certificate is also used to record your installation, and in England & Wales, it’s used to notify your Local Authority Building Control Department (LABC) of the work that was undertaken.

The information on the certificate can be required to validate your home insurance and will be needed if you sell your home.

Look for an experienced HETAS registered stove installer

A HETAS registered installer can help you choose from a range of installations covered by the scheme including biomass boiler systems, dry appliances, appliances with boilers, hot water and heating systems along with re-lining chimneys and system flues.

When it comes to different types of wood burning stoves, they’ll be able to make recommendations on every aspect including ventilation and other health and safety issues.

Thinking of installing a wood burning stove?

A wood burning stove is a great investment and will add character to any room. Whether you’re looking for a traditional stove to sit on your hearth with the flue pipe installed into your chimney or a contemporary wood stove that stands in the centre of a room, Peter Capaldi, owner of HGS Home & Garden, can provide advice to help you choose the stove that’s right for you.

Peter is a HETAS registered engineer and will be able to advise on the proximity of air outlets to ensure the location you’ve chosen for your stove is going to be practical.  Contact Peter on 07749 863650.

Find out more about general guidance from HETAS on the selection and installation of flues and chimneys for wood burning and multi-fuel appliances in residential properties.

Advice from HETAS is available on their website for information relating to permanent ventilators for the supply of combustion air.