If you decide that you want to install a stove and flue into your home, it is important that you are aware that this is classed as building work on your home, the same as it would be for an extension. With this in mind you may now have a few questions regarding the building regulations surrounding carrying out this work and what you can and cannot do. Below we have detailed some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding stoves and the installation process.
The most commonly asked question with building work in general but specifically for fitting a flue liner/chimney or stove is, can I do it myself? The answer is yes, you can carry out this work yourself but the stringent safety requirements mean that most people will often choose to hire a professional installer to make sure that all the regulations are met.
If you do decide to carry out the work yourself, once complete you will need to inform your Building Control section of your Local Council so that they can inspect the work and sign it off. Do not attempt to use it before it is signed off as incorrectly installed flues can have serious consequences.
Alternatively, if you have hired a professional installer to do the work they will be accredited by the relevant authorities so that they can sign off on their own work and give you a certificate stating such.
In terms of stoves and chimneys, you will not need any planning permission as this kind of installation has nothing to do with any local planning. The only instance where you would have to ask for any permissions from the Local planning department is if you are looking to have your flue pipework run along the outside of your home. Depending on how you intend to position this, you may have to contact them however if you have hired an installer they are likely to be aware of the regulations regarding this.
Often people installing a new stove and flue will ask if it needs to be lined and any professional installer like ourselves would definitely advise it. If you have a pre-existing chimney that you are not replacing, you will need to know when your home was built to understand what, if any, lining it already has. If you house was built from the 1960’s onwards then it should have a clay or a concrete inner line which should still be in working order. It is advisable however to seek the advice of a professional installer to determine if your chimney does need lining due to cracks in the mortar, a large build-up of creosote or just for general safety in your home.
If you need help or advice on any aspect of stove installation then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.