Do I need planning permission for a woodburner?

The Building Regulations were updated in 2010 after which any woodburners installed before this are likely not to meet safety standards. If your chimney sweep has condemned your woodburner  you may need to undertake work to bring it back up to meet current safety standards. Take a look at this approved document on to find out what safety measures you need in place.


We recommend and install FireAngel carbon monoxide alarms (CO), one of the mandatory items needed in a safe and legal installation. Read more…

Do I need a stove thermometer?

Stove thermometers are very useful as they help you spot wood that is too wet to burn and displays when you are over burning your stove and thus maybe causing damage to it and the chimney.  They are magnetic and sit on the vitreous pipe coming out of the stove and so are very easy to fit.

Ask in your free site survey with a HETAS registered installer for a stove thermometer to be added.


Whats that funny smell?

When your stove is new and you light it for the first time, it may give off a funny smell for a short time. This is nothing to worry about but if you start to notice any tar like substances forming on the window or in the stove, you may be using the stove incorrectly. Always make sure you read through the instruction manual for you stove and keep it in a safe place.

If you have lost yours, try searching for it on the internet or visit the manufacturers website. Here are a few links;

Arada stoves

Dovre stoves

Hunter Documentation 

oregon operating instructions

Arizona 8kW Oregon Multifuel Stove


Do I need a flexible liner?

Modern chimneys tend to have liners built into them and so could save you the cost of having a liner fitted. Older properties however do not and in both cases the integrity of the brickwork will need checking by carrying out a smoke test, before deciding either way. This can take up to two hours depending on the size of your property and is chargable. A liner is required by building regulations to create a physical connection from your stove to the top of the chimney.

More about flexible liner installation

Answers to your woodburner and chimney sweeping questions. Contact us if you have a different question.