THINKING ABOUT A FIRE STOVE INSTALLATION?
Existing chimney breast?
HETAS Approved Installer
HETAS is the main governing body for stove installations. All respected solid fuel installations, including wood burning stoves, should be signed off by a credible HETAS registered installer. You can be safe in the knowledge that the installer has been trained and assessed to carry out compliant work. You can also save both time and money and ensure that your appliance works safely and more efficiently over time.
Preparing Your Home
Many stoves are now certified to sit directly on a 12mm hearth. This is because the temperature underneath the fireplace stove is less than 60 degrees. Many people choose to use 12mm tiles for the base of the fireplace however stone is a personal favourite and a fireplace hearth can be made at relatively low cost. The amount of preparation work will depend on whether you are installing an insert stove or freestanding.
What Size Stove Do I Need?
- The unit of the rate of energy conversion is the Watt. Heating engineers customarily express heat emission in kilowatts per hour, commonly just referred to as kW.
- It is important with stoves to pick a heater of the right size. Too large and it will have to spend much of its time turned down, leading to smoke, tar and poor performance. Too small and it will be constantly running at a high rate, which means very frequent refuelling and rapid parts failure. Both circumstances will tend to give poor efficiency.
- To achieve a relaxing room temperature of around 21ºC when the external air temperature is at freezing (0ºC) you will need approximately 1kW of heat output for every 14 cubic meters of space. This can be easily translated by using a stove kilowatt calculator found online.
How Old Is Your Home?
Stove size can depend on the insulation of the building it is installed in. We advise always getting an experts options but in most insulation cases:
Poorly insulated - Refers to homes built before 1950, and/or is a home with many draughts present.
Moderately insulated - Is a home with double glazing, typically build in the 1990s.
Well insulated - Refers to homes built after 2008, when compulsory heating standards were introduced.