What size stove do I need?
As a rough guide, 1kW of heat will be sufficient for 14 cubic metres.
A room size of 4.5m x 5m x 2.2m = 49.5 cubic metres.
Divide 49.5 by 14 = 3.5kW
Therefore for this example room, assuming there is no other form of heating and it is relatively draught free and well insulated, you would require approx. 3.5kW
combustion of carbon based fuels such as gas, oil and solid fuels including wood. Tragically each year people die because of
of heat to warm the space.
Do I need a chimney?
You do require a flue for the removal of smoke and combustion gases. If you have an existing chimney this must be checked for soundness and must be swept. This should be carried out by a HETAS approved installer like Rural Heat. If your chimney is in poor condition or there is any doubt about its soundness it should be lined with a class 1 solid fuel liner. If you do not have a chimney, a twin wall insulated stainless steel flue system can be installed. *All installations must comply with the latest Building Regulations.
What about chimney sweeping?
Your chimney must be swept at least once a year by a qualified chimney sweep. The approved list is available from HETAS or NACS. Ideally provision for sweeping should be made either with an access panel in your register plate or an access door in the connecting stove pipe. This provision is ALWAYS necessary if the flue diameter is greater than 6″ (150mm). Great care must always be taken when sweeping a flexible liner to avoid damage to the liner. We would recommend the use of a poly spiral flue brush.
Why do I need a chimney ?
If your flue has a substantially greater diameter than your stove pipe the diameter of brushes that will fit through your stove pipe will not be sufficient to reach the sides of your flue and clear it of deposits.
Do I need a Carbon Monoxide Detector ?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas with no taste, no colour and no smell. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon based fuels such asgas, oil and solid fuels including wood. Tragically each year people die because of carbon monoxide poisoning and others are made ill.It is now mandatory to fit a CO alarm whenever a new or replacement solid fuel appliance is installed in a dwelling. When choosing an alarm for this purpose or to upgrade an existing installation to current regulations please refer to Approved Document J; October 2010: paragraphs 2.34 to 2.36. This alarm must be a permanently installed type, rather than a portable type, and should incorporate self-test and audible alert if the battery or sensor develop a fault