Chris Baines, MD of Eurostove gives his tips on installing a woodburning stove:
1) New Build. A woodburner can be placed anywhere in the home, but there are a few considerations, both building regs and common sense. You obviously need the flue to exit through the roof, but bear in mind that if you are installing the stove in a single story extension, with bedrooms above, that building regs state there must be at least 2.3 metres between the flue and any bedroom windows. In real life, it is advisable to take the flue up to a double story roof height, as then the smoke will not impact on your neighbour, or indeed your own garden.
The floor needs to be sufficiently strong to carry the weight of the stove and the chimney, and if it’s a timber floor, bear in mind that your stove needs to be one which can operate on a 12mm hearth, as the floor level heat must not exceed 100 degrees Celsius.
If you are installing your stove near a kitchen, in an open plan area, do seek professional advice, as the extractor fan can impact on the stove’s airflow. It is actually against building regs to install a stove in a kitchen with an extractor fan.
Every stove has a “data plate” with, amongst other things, its “distance to combustibles” measurement. If you want to put a stove in a glass area (conservatory for example) you need a stove with a low DTC so make sure you check the level. Eurostove’s Churchill and Loxton stoves are excellent in these areas.
2) Renovating. If you are using an existing chimney, have it inspected by a registered sweep, or the stove HEATAS registered installer. Older houses should have a stainless steel liner installed to any existing chimney.
Avoid using timber (including plasterboard and batons), unless you place the stove on a plinth, in which case you should check the Distance to Combustibles rating for your stove.
Make sure the stove isn’t too big or small for the room; in fact always fit the room, NOT the fireplace.
3) Double-Sided Stoves. A double-sided stove really comes into its own in smaller houses, with back-to-back rooms which have adjacent fireplaces, as you can share the stove’s heat easily between the two rooms. Double-sided stoves tend to be slightly bigger than standard stoves, 1 ½ to 2 times) and thus have a bigger chamber creating more output, but for example a Loxton double-sided stove from Eurostove gives 8kW of heat, which is 4kW per room, prefect for 2 smallish rooms.
As well as that, a double-sided stove can be used in a big room to provide a natural break to demarcate separate functions. Of course be careful where children or pets are around, as the sides will get hot.
4) Aesthetics. Traditional accessories are wooden beams, brick facias, slate bases, tack ironware (horseshoes for luck) cast iron fire-tools and log baskets. Eurostove have a great selection of traditional and more modern accessories.
5) Best tip. DON’T oversize the stove for the room. Also have in mind a clear view of what you want to achieve from your stove – continuous or occasional burning, purely attractive or more functional, whether you need to consider combustible materials and finally, if you have a modern, air-tight home, in which case you will need a closed combustion stove.