Wood burner help/advise

    does anyone here install wood burners for indoors? I am looking to reinstate a fireplace in our new home and like the idea of a wood burner. I was wondering if I can buy a second hand one maybe cast-iron then get a company to fit it all with the flue ect. we have a normal chimney which is where this will sit.

    is there anything I should consider or look out for? I'm in havant Hampshire if any companies you want to recommend.


    Make sure that anyone you get to fit it is registered with HETAS. That way no need to go through building regulations and all done under the competent persons scheme.

    Original Poster

    thank you TH5 never heard this before.

    Yeah I work for a local authority in that department so worth being sure in the first place to keep your costs down.

    TH5 is right, we got ours fitted last Spring and it cost more than the stove, but well worth it. They put on a chimney hood and lined the chimney (important for safety) and a registration plate - this is a metal sheet above the stove, again for regulations. I'd watch out buying a second hand stove, as there may be cracks or flaws not obvious to the eye. There are advice/review sites. Also consider multi fuel, as you have to watch what you burn. My friend has an old stove which tarred up inside the chimney to an amazing degree, horrible lumps of black toffee like stuff, in spite of sweeping now and again, after using logs not fully seasoned. Moisture content seems to be best below 20% and watch for smoke control in your area. This all sounds negative, sorry, there's just a lot to consider; I'd heartily recommend a stove as ours has been just great - fires up quickly and is so lovely and cosy. It does save on gas and electricity.

    Try to do as much of the work as you can (if you are a DIY'er), however a lot of installers insist on doing a good amount too. As they are signing it off, they claim they don't trust you to buy and fit the chimney liner etc. To be honest that isn't the average DIY job though as can be a pain and a little dangerous standing on a roof with a huge coil of liner.

    I widened the existing fireplace, put on fire board, skimmed, laid the hearth, bought the stove, so ready for them to come.
    They provided the liner, cowel, cut the registration plate, sealed etc.

    Can't remember how much, but shop around a few fitters.

    Remember to read the regs on clearance around and in front of the stove when making the hole and buying it.

    Here is the funny thing though. I also am thinking about getting a woodburner. Done all the reading and research possible regarding liners. Got 4 Hetas approved installers out and guess what, 2 say needs a liner and 2 say does not need a liner. So still non the wiser.

    I don't think a liner is mandatory, its a choice. I was told the liner will make the log burner more efficient and reduces risk of chimney fires so its up to you whether you have it done. Things may have changed this was about 4 years ago.

    Hetas engineer also said that liner could make things worse if installed. Can't exactly remember what reasons he gave though. Also bear in mind that the Liner may be guaranteed for a certain number of years but installation is not. Company will replace liner but you will then have to pay for installation AGAIN, this could be costly.
    Edited by: "Deleteaccount" 20th Jan

    Definitely fit the liner!! We had a multi fuel burner fitted and were told not to bother with it, we later had an issue with the chimney not drawing enough and ended up with smoke coming into the living room. We got a different company out who said never fit a wood burner without a liner, an additional £1200 later and it works great.
    Edited by: "fergiewilson" 20th Jan

    Having a loner installed will ensure that there is no smoke ingress into the house via the chimney if there is any cracks / damage to the existing liner.
    The downside of having a liner installed is that you probably won't get heat transfer to the chimney through the house, so not nice warm chimney upstairs to heat an airing cupboard or to hang your dressing gown against!
    Probably best to have a liner - you don't know if there is any damage to your chimney and it should help your fire run more efficiently

    We bought a more upmarket, second hand log burner by a company called Jotul. The company that installed it also recoated and replaced the glass. It looked amazing and worked brilliantly. We had a liner too and def get the chimney swept
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