Lately log stoves have seen a sizable surge in popularity, driven in large part by the significant cost savings to be had when compared to other heating solutions, but also because they add a certain touch of class to any home. So if you’re considering fitting one in your own home then you’re far from alone.
But do you really have any idea what’s involved? There’s quite a bit more to this than merely fitting a wood burner and somehow connecting it up to a chimney to vent the exhaust to the outside.
To begin with you will soon discover that smoke control laws are just the first in a long line of regulations seemingly designed to make installing a wood stove more difficult than you had imagined. And then there are numerous exceptions and exemptions, so if for example you choose a highly efficient burner then you may find that certain restrictions don’t actually apply to you after all.
But it is solely up to you to find your way through this maze of red tape and acquire the relevant certificates to ensure compliance with building codes, the environment officer and of course negotiate with your neighbors to ensure they are “on side”.
So even before you can get to the point of physically fitting a log burning stove there is a not insignificant amount of tedious preparation needed. You should also check with your household insurance company to be sure they will maintain cover (they may otherwise refuse a claim, especially for fire damage!).
When it comes to the physical fitting of your wood burning stove (or wood fueled boiler) then you are well advised to employ the services of a qualified professional. Badly installed wood stoves can perform well below their maximum efficiency and also be extremely dangerous.
Certainly, if one of your requirements is to add a boiler to your log burner so as to run the radiators and provide hot water then specialist expertise and equipment will be needed. The system may also require, for example, installing a heat accumulator to balance the amount of heat being created.
The bottom line then is that preparing to own a wood burner can seem a daunting challenge. But if you’re willing to navigate a way through the regulations and employ the services of a suitably qualified installer it’s not that hard. Just don’t ever think of going down the DIY route though.
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