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 www.gov.uk 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…
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.
If your chimney opening has been bricked up or boarded over, we can open this up as part of your installation. If you do not have a chimney at all then you can consider having a twin wall installation, using insulated twin walled stainless steel rigid pipe.
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There are many different causes of this problem. You might need to change your chimney pots, increase the height of the chimney stack (or add a length of twin wall pipe if you don’t have a chimney). A simpler solution would be to have an anti-downdraft cowl fitted or to cap off any unused chimney flues with a capping cowl.
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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;
oregon operating instructions
Most rooms can be heated by a 5kW stove but if your room is larger than average you will need a larger kilowatt stove. However buying a stove that makes the room too hot will be uncomfortable and you may have to have extra building works if there is not enough air flow or draw to feed the flames with oxygen. To work out what you need take a look at this article on the Stovax website.
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.
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We have tried to explain as much of the technical jargon in our website as possible. We would never include something in your quote that you did not need or is required by law. A woodburner is required to stand on a hearth at least 12.5mm thick
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This is most likely to be tar and is really hard to clean off without damaging the surface of your stove. Avoid using wood that has not dried out properly. It takes around two years before freshly cut wood can be burnt safely.
Check out drying times here
If you live in a Smoke Controlled Area then you can only burn smokeless fuels such as anthracite, semi-anthracite or low volatile steam coal in your multi fuel stove unless you buy an exempt appliance. You are only allowed to burn the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Check out www.gov.uk for more information
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