Installing a wood burning stove


Job description:

You fancy having a wood burning or multi fuel (wood and coal) stove installed. First any work carried out in a chimney is covered by your local Building control office and they will need to be informed about the work you are planning.Wood burrning stove Your home insurance company will require confirmation that any work on your chimney and the installation of your wood burner has been carried out correctly and that a Certificate of compliance has been provided. Your Building control officer will need to view the installation BEFORE ANY WORK HAS TAKEN PLACE and confirm that what you plan conforms and that they are able to issue you with a Certificate of compliance. Another and most recognised option, is to have the work completed by a Hetas trained and Registered Heating Engineer, who is competent to do the work and can meet the building control requirements and issue a Certificate on completion, that will be sent to Hetas for registering and sending to your local building control office. Your will be given a copy of this form and a DATA PLATE, on completion of the work, for you to keep and copy to your home insurance company.


Skill level: 3 – advanced


Materials required:

  • Metal register and finishing plate, A1 heat proof insulation material
  • A chimney or liner, adaptors, stove fuel pipe and any bends
  • Factory made chimney or Chimney pot, cowl, sand and cement
  • Stainless Steel screws and rivets, stove heat proof paint
  • Safety and Access equipment for chimney
  • Chimney rods, brushes and smoke pellets
  • Heavy duty equipment, i.e.; metal cutters, drills, spanners etc.

Step by step guide to installing a woodburning stove:

1. First measure the cubic capacity of the area to be heated and confirm the kW of the stove required. Confirm the position and direction the stove will be best located. Confirm the size and suitability of the area chosen for a stove and if alterations are required and possible. If the area is unable to take the weight, heat or size of a stove select a different position or contact a Hetas Heating Engineer with knowledge to solve or offer solutions and suggestions. Selecting the correct stove is an important part of this project.

2. The position selected for the stove will need a chimney for the flue gasses to leave the building in a safe way and comply with building regulations. Make sure if there is a chimney that this is clean, of the correct height, in the best position, is able to hold the smoke, and is made of suitable material to take the heat, fuel gas and the acid from the fuel used.

3. DO NOT JUST BUY A STOVE AND HOPE IT WILL FIT. Contact a stove installer for a survey and a quote. Free advice and a guide price are often given over the phone to confirm the budget required.

4. Ask your Building Control Office for a copy of the current Part J building regulations. Use the correct safety equipment for the jobs and heights at and on which you will be working.Read the stove fitting instructions fully online before any purchase...AND IF THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE ASK YOURSELF WHY... If you still want to do the job yourself do so under the direction of your Building Control Officer and fit the materials required.

5. Read the stove operating instructions fully. Smoke test the appliance and confirm the smoke is seen leaving the chimney and not seen entering your or any other building.

6. Fit a Carbon monoxide alarm, following the instructions in the box for position

7. Position the DATA PLATE and inform your insurance company of the installation with the CERTIFICATE from your local Building control office.

8. First year have the installation and stove serviced by a Hetas Registered Heating Engineer www.hetas.co.uk for information.


Care and Maintenance:

Read the stove maintenance instructions fully. Have your stove swept each year or every 6 months if the stove is used all year round by a NACS registered chimney sweep. Have the stove serviced and checked every 2 years by a Hetas registered Engineer.


This guide was provided by Smdesign

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.