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Fitting a wood burning or multifuel stove

Using an existing chimney

With a stove, typically around three quarters of the heat generated goes into the room, with an open fire its more likely to be the other way around with three quarters of the heat going up the chimney. This means that the smoke from a stove is great deal cooler than from a fireplace. The result of this is that a stove takes a long time to bring a masonry chimney up to operating temerature. This can mean that the stove will not draw properly, at least before it has been going for a good while, and the cooling smoke will condense, causing excess soot and, more dangerously, tar deposits. Tar deposits are not removed by a sweeps brush and cause chimney fires and you may get black tarry condensate leaking out through the bottom and sometimes even through the mortar joints of the chimney.

For this reason it is good practise to line and insulate a chimney whenever you fit a stove - see Lining a Chimney

We can liase with your builder and supply all the materials he will need to complete the chimney lining job, or we can recommend a local stove installer.

Fitting the stove to an existing fireplace

Building regulations require that the stove should be on a plinth of non-combustible material extending at least 150mm at the sides and 300mm in front

To fit the stove into a fireplace you will need:

A register plate. - This is the plate used to seal off the throat of the fireplace and has the hole for the flue pipe, a sweeping access and, if required, a bracket to support the flue pipe - see Register Plates
The flue pipe needed to go from the stove to the register plate

Both the register plate (which we make from steel to fit your chimney), the necessary flue, and the fixings and fire cement can be supplied with the stove. This means that with one delivery from Stoves Online, you have everything needed to install the stove, plus the back-up by phone or email to ensure a simple, pain free installation.

Fitting a freestanding stove

By using twin wall insulated flue, a stove can be installed practically anywhere, and no existing chimney is needed.

If you send us details of:

  • What stove you have in mind (to tell us the flue diameter and height)
  • The floor to ceiling measurements of the room the stove will go in
  • The floor to ceiling measurements of any rooms above the stove room (including the loft)
  • The thickness of the floors that the stove will be standing on
  • The approximate pitch of the roof
  • Roughly where the flue will penetrate the roof in relation to the ridge, i.e. 'near the bottom edge', 'half way up the roof' or 'near the ridge'

We can calculate what materials would be needed to create the flue system and their cost.

If you decide to go ahead, we can then supply the stove, all the flue materials needed, plans for the installation and liase with your builder before and during the installation, or we can recommend a local stove installer.

You might also be interested to read about when to use the top flue exit on a stove and when to use the rear exit

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