Multi Fuel Stove Installation

We also provide a stove installation service. The installation of your stove is extremely important and you need to be thinking about it in advance. The days when you could simply stick a pipe horizontally through a wall and leave it at that never existed (much to some people’s surprise) and gone are the days when you could put a pipe straight into an existing chimney and call it job done. Nowadays this is all covered by building regulations and most people need a chimney liner. replica watches The reasons for this are simple, and for your safety and the safety of others. Ther are many different things to consider when installing your boiler, such as the type of stove, if there is an adequate provision of air, and does the stove need to be plumbed to a boiler or not. We can walk you through all these options and provide you with professional advice for each step along the way.

Benefits of a stove versus an open fire

The main benefit is efficiency. Most people choose to buy a stove because they know they will get much more heat from much less fuel than with their open fire. Which is true, but there are consequences. omega replica sale The more you control and turn down the burn of your fuel the more creosote you start to create. Creosote is the black tar-like substance you sometimes find in chimneys – open fires can cause it, but stoves are the real culprit! Creosote is acidic and over time it eats through brick and stone work causing leaky chimneys. cartier replica uk It’s also flammable and it causes chimney fires. And it can melt to liquid and drip down into fireplaces and on top of stoves.

How do I stop creosote from causing a problem?

Well, first of all, by trying not to create too much of it! It is important to buy the right sized stove (a large stove in a small room always ends up being turned down low and creates much more creosote) and burning the right kind of fuel at the right temperature (smokeless fuel or dry hard wood burned hot is best). rolex replica uk But, secondly, and still more importantly, you need to install the stove well so that any creosote you do create is safely contained, and that is where can help. We can advise you on the correct stove selection for your room type. We also think the best way to prevent creosote build up is by discharging the gases into a metal flue. There are countless different types of flue liner and each has their own pros and cons. We can’t cover all the details here but please don’t assume one kind is right for you based on price or a sales description, give us a call so we can advise you on the choice you are making. This is either done through a Twin-wall system (when there is no existing chimney at all) or through the use of a metal liner dropped down an existing masonry chimney. replica watches sale The benefits of a metal liner are that it keeps the flue gases warm and moving quickly at a fixed (small) diameter so they are less likely to condense into creosote in the first place. The liner also creates a smooth run for creosote so that it can drip back down into the inside of a stove rather than on top of it. Liners can be swept successfully and closely by a small brush head which can normally be pushed up through the appliance or through a flue access door. And, finally, it can be removed should you ever wish to return to an open fire or should it need replacement.

Are there other alternatives to a metal liner?

Yes. Some people use clay or concrete linings (modern houses will usually already have a lining of this kind inside the chimney). The building regulations require that (in most circumstances) a chimney lining is no smaller than 6” diameter and no larger than 2” greater than the outlet size of the appliance that is installed. As most stoves have 5” or 6” size outlets, what this means for most of us is that the liner must be either 6”, 7” or 8” diameter. Should this be the case with an existing clay or concrete lining it should be properly smoke-spillage and core-ball tested and, provided it passes, it can normally be legally connected to, whether it can be done practically however is another question... The difficulty with this kind of an installation is the connection at the bottom of the liner into the metal stove pipe and the stove. It is clearly unsatisfactory to simply slot a smaller stove pipe inside a larger clay or concrete liner (even with a register plate below) as the tar will not run down the inside of the pipe into the stove to re-burn but down the outside of the pipe onto the plate or appliance. Over time this can cause smells, fires and other serious problems. Instead, an adaptor must be installed around the outside of the clay flue which feeds into the inside of the stove pipe. Since the ends of clay and concrete liners are not standardised, neither are adaptors. Such a connection may prove simple, complex or even impossible, it will need careful consideration by an expert such as ourselves before you commit to doing it.

Who should be installing my stove?

We can provide you with a OFTEC certificate to show that the appliance was installed safely and legally. It will provide information of the installer, the materials used and the date of the installation so that a person working on the stove or chimney later has access to all the details they need. This certificate should be kept with the deeds of the property and included in the ‘sellers pack’. As a OFTEC registered engineer, when we install a stove we can issue you with one of these certificates.