How to Install a Log Burner

Installing a wood burning stove is an exciting prospect for any homeowner. Not only are you going to benefit from saving on energy bills, but you’re also adding a fantastic centrepiece to your living space. There’s no better way to add warmth and atmosphere to a home than with a beautifully-crafted log burner. If it’s your first time installing a log burner into your property, you may have a few questions in mind, which we’re going to try to answer below.

What Will I Need to Install a Stove?

There are a few things you’ll need to purchase if you want to install a log burner. These include:

  • The wood burning stove itself
  • Stove pipe
  • Register plate
  • Chimney liner
  • Chimney cowl
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Twin wall flue system (for homes without chimneys)

Installing a Log Burner Step-by-Step

  1. Double Check Building Regulations & Planning Permission

As long as you aren’t going to build a brand-new chimney, you shouldn’t need planning permission to install a log burner into your home. However, the installation will need to comply with UK Building Regulations Approved Document J, which you can learn more about here.

  1. Make Sure You Aren’t in a Smoke Control Area

Another important factor to consider is whether or not you live in a smoke control area. You can find this out by contacting your local council. If you do live within one, you may only burn smokeless fuels unless you are burning wood in a DEFRA-Approved Stove.

  1. Choose the Right Size and Power Output

Wood burning stoves come in a wide range of sizes and power outputs. It’s important to choose a log burner that will fit into your chosen space, and has a power output that’s appropriate for you. To do this, you’ll need to do some simple calculations. Learn more: What Size Log Burner Do I Need?

  1. Preparing the Opening

Once you’ve chosen your stove, the first thing to do is find a place for it. The easiest option is if your home already features an open fireplace, which may simply require opening. If any building work is required, we’d strongly recommend hiring a professional to carry this out for you.

  1. Designing the Fireplace

Now that your opening is ready, you’ll also need to think about the construction of your fireplace. There are several building regulations that stipulate a minimum distance around your log burner to minimise fire risk. Be sure to consult with a professional to confirm that your plans are sound.

  1. Installing the Wood Burner

Once all of the preliminary steps have been taken, a HETAS stove installer can fit your log burner. This may be as simple as fitting the stove and flue liner, but may involve further structural work depending on the size of your stove and the opening. Find a HETAS qualified installer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Installing a Wood Burning Stove Cost?

The cost of fitting a log burner will depend on a few things. These include the cost of the stove itself, labour, any structural work that may be necessary, and rendering the hearth. The average cost of fitting a wood burner is around £1500.

Why Does A Professional Need To Install My Stove?

A wood burning stove can be a sound investment, both financially and for your quality of life. If you want your new stove to work as safely and efficiently as possible, it needs to be installed professionally. If anything goes wrong during installation, this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, and more. Plus, you’re maximising the longevity and fuel efficiency of your stove, so the cost of labour will pay for itself over time.

How Do I Find a Professional Stove Installer?

A log burning stove should be installed by a professional that is accredited by HETAS. HETAS is a government-approved organisation that keeps a register of qualified stove installers, who will be able to carry out a stove installation safely, efficiently, and in line with any building regulations.

All you need to do once you go to the HETAS website is enter your postcode, and select the type of installation you require.

What If I Choose to Install the Stove Myself?

In addition to your own safety and peace of mind, a new stove installation must comply with the UK’s building regulations. A professional HETAS-approved installer can self-certify their work and communicate with the local authorities. However, if you do the job yourself, you’ll have to pay a fee of around £200, along with leaving yourself exposed to serious legal risk if there are issues with your stove.