A wood burning stove is an attractive and ecologically sound means of heating your home. Furthermore, the cost of running woodburners is low, and compares very favourably with the amount you can end up spending on an electric heater. However, unlike an electric heater, a log burner uses fire and produces smoke that needs to be got rid of.
Many people who do not already have a chimney stack in their home, and even some of those who do, worry that the costs and complications of installing a wood burning stove will be prohibitive. But this need not be the case. In actual fact, fitting a wood burner is not as expensive or as problematic as you might think. However, there are some different ways to go about it, each with their own pros and cons related to cost and simplicity. Here is what you need to know wood burning stove installation.
Wood burning stoves
In terms of design, there are a wide variety of options available, including contemporary wood burning stoves as well as those with a more homely and traditional appearance. Apart from appearance, stoves can differ in terms of energy efficiency. When you visit the showroom, the staff will be able to give you more detailed information about each stove, but ideally you are looking for a stove with an efficiency between 70% and 89%. The other thing to look out for is whether or not the stove is DEFRA approved. For those who live in smoke controlled areas, only DEFRA approved stoves are permitted.
Installing a wood burning stove
There are two choices for anyone thinking about installing a wood burning stove: get someone to install it for you or do it yourself. As the installation of a wood burner is potentially hazardous, it will need to comply with building regulations. If you are doing it yourself, the onus is on you to contact the relevant authority, and pay the necessary fee (usually in the region of £120, but it depends on the local authority). An inspector will need to visit your home and discuss the installation with you before any work has begun, so make sure you contact the local authority at least ten days before you want to begin work. For more detailed information, contact your local council.
All of this hassle is taken away from you if you use a HETAS-registered installer to fix your new wood burning stove. HETAS is the official body – recognised by the government – that approves biomass and solid fuel heating appliances and installers. A HETAS-registered installer is able to self-certify that their work complies with the relevant building regulations, so you won’t have to do anything or pay anything extra.
The complexity of the installation job itself will depend on whether your home already has a chimney stack or if you will need to get a flue vent installed. If you have an existing chimney, it can be adapted for use with a wood burning stove with the addition of a flue liner. If you don’t already have a chimney, it is better to use a freestanding stove and then build a flue with a Twin Skin flue system that goes out through the wall and up the side of the house to the required height.
Wood burning stove installation cost
Although more complicated, and considerably more hard work, the DIY approach means spending a lot less on the overall wood burning stove installation cost. Whereas the total price for the stove and installation might be in the region of £800 to £1,000 if you do it yourself, the same job can cost upwards of £2,000 if you get a professional to do it for you. However, many people feel that the complexity of the task, as well as the desire for peace of mind, makes using a HETAS-registered installer worthwhile.
Reference Source: Manor House Fireplaces in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.