Guide to Installing a Woodburning Stove

Leeds Stove Centre Guide to Installing a Woodburning Stove

There’s nothing quite as romantic as a wood burning stove full of licking flames. For most of us, it evokes thoughts of a simpler life when there was more time to simply sit and enjoy time spent with family and loved ones. In addition, it’s a fact that wood burning stoves are also practical in that they can provide a way to be more economical.

If you’re thinking of installing a wood burning stove, then here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s not easy to move a heavy stove, you may need to call on a friend. If you need to install a stove pipe then you need to be very careful, it’s not something that you can play around with as there are deadly fumes involved that could impact the health of your family.
  • Paying to have your stove installed by a professional isn’t a costly exercise. When you receive your stove, there should be an installation guide sent with it that will advise you. You can call to arrange for one of our engineers to install it for you. All our engineers have HETAS and Gas Safe qualifications and can therefore install in a manner that your safety will be ensured.
  • You may need to ask whether you need to have an air vent installed. High output Multi-fuel burners could well need one so that you can dispose of the gases safely. Check out our installation FAQs for more information.
  • If you prefer to install the stove yourself and are the type of person who always likes to take on a challenge, then there is nothing to stop you. However, keep in mind that every stove installation is an individual event as each circumstance is generally different.
  • Your local authority will need to know about your installation, even though there are no regulations that you cannot install it yourself as a DIY enthusiast. You will need to ensure that it complies with building regulations and probably apply for a building notice to your local authority. Also arrange to have your work checked by a competent person such as a HETAS installer.
  • When it comes to selecting which type of flue liner you’ll need, then you can ask us. It will have an overall impact on how efficient your fire is.

Summary: Installing a stove or wood burner is not a job for the fainthearted, but it doesn’t have to be installed by a professional although we highly recommend you do. As long as you check with your local authority you should be fine. If you’re unsure, ask us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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