Minster Stoves & Heating
Wood Burning Stove Installation Requirements
Wood Burning Stove Installation Requirements - Multi Fuel and Wood Burning Stove Fitters

Minster Stoves & Heating, an independent stove installer, offers a complete design and installation service for wood burning, solid fuel, and multi-fuel stoves.

Please visit our Leominster showroom to see various models on display.

We can discuss the options during our free, no-obligation visit to your home , bringing brochures of stoves from all leading manufacturers.

We can also design your complete fireplace and stove installation, or we can simply sell you a stove for your own installer to install.

Most homes can accommodate the installation of a wood-burning stove. The installation of a wood-burning stove is often simple and straightforward when a traditional chimney flue is available. If no suitable chimney/flue is available, a “twin-wall” chimney flue system can be installed.

To determine which type of chimney or flue your property has, visit our “Which Chimney/Flue Type Do I Have” page.

A wide variety of stoves from leading manufacturers are supplied by us. These include:

  • Dovre
  • Hunter
  • Morso
  • Nordpeis
  • Parkray
  • Portway
  • Pevex
  • Stovax

Stoves traditionally tend to be wood-burning/multi-fuel. However, a variety of leading manufacturers also produce stoves suitable to run on gas (Natural or LPG) & electricity rather than burn solid fuel.

Visit our gas stoves page for more information on gas stove installation.

To view a selection of wood-burning/multi-fuel stoves from leading manufacturers, please visit our wood-burning stove brochure page.

What are the key multi-fuel/wood-burning stove installation requirements?

  • A class 1 chimney is necessary for wood-burning & multi-fuel stoves. A class 1 chimney is easily recognizable as a conventional brick chimney with a chimney stack on the roof. In a class 1 chimney, the natural “pull” expels the products of combustion out of the chimney pot.
  • If you don’t have a chimney, stoves can be installed using a twin-wall flue system. This means you can have a stove almost anywhere, a conservatory, kitchen, bedroom, or study. However, please be aware that a twin-wall flue system is a more expensive option compared to a more traditional chimney being utilized.
  • The flue vent is the most important part of installing a stove, and it should be designed for the type of fuel used and have sufficient air movement for the stove to operate properly. You can often use existing chimneys by adding a flue liner.
  • Your local authority can inform you whether your home is in a controlled area if you live in a smoke control area and are installing a wood fuel stove. In such areas, it is advisable to fit a clean burn stove that is approved for use.
  • Before you install a new stove, you should sweep and inspect the chimney to ensure it is structurally sound, clear of obstructions, and the correct diameter for the appliance to be used. Then, you should carry out a smoke test to check for soundness. It must not leak, as leakage may be potentially life-threatening. If you find that the chimney is leaking, you must reline it.
  • Stoves draw air from the room where they are located to aid combustion. Depending on the stove’s output, it may be necessary to install a permanently open air vent in the room. The size and requirements of the vent will depend on the room’s air permeability and the kilowatt output of the fire. Insufficient provision of fresh air will lower the atmospheric pressure within the room and may result in poor combustion and smoke leakage from the appliance.

Qualified HETAS installers should install solid fuel stoves unless one applies for Building Control. Further details can be found on our HETAS information page.

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