Installing in a new build: A woodburner can be placed anywhere in the home, but there are a few considerations to take into account, both building regulations and common sense. You need the flue to exit through the roof, but bear in mind that if the location where you are installing in is a single story extension, with bedrooms nearby in the main buildings second story, that building regulations state that you must be at least 2.3 metres between the flue and bedroom windows. It is also advisable that you take the flue up to double story roof height, as then the smoke will not impact on your neighbour, or 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 airflow. It is actually against building regulations 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 (DTC) measurement. If you want to put a stove in a glass area (conservatory for example) you need to have a low DTC so make sure you check the level. The Heating Centre in Coventry has a choice of many different stoves ideal for this purpose.
Installing in an existing chimney: If you are using an existing chimney, have it inspected by a registered sweep, or by the stove HETAS 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 combstibles rating for your stove. Make sure the stove isn’t too big or small for the room; in fact make sure it always suits the room, not just the fireplace.
Installing 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 (1.5 to 2 times bigger) and thus have a bigger chamber creating more output, for example a 8kw double sided stove would give 4kw of heat to each room, perfect for 2 small-ish 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.
Accessories: The right accessory can add that perfect final touch to a stove installation. Traditional accessories include wooden beams, brick fascias, slate bases, cast iron fire-tools and log baskets. The Heating Centre has a wide range of accessories on display, both of the traditional and modern kind.
Get the right stove for the room: Don’t oversize the stove for the room, have in mind a clear view of what you want to achieve from your stove - continuous or occasionall burning, focal point only or more functional, whether you need to consider combustibke materials and finally, if you have a modern, air-tight home, in which case you will need a closed combustion stove.