If you’re thinking of buying a wood-burning stove from Gr8Fires, you’ll also be considering how to install it once it arrives.
We’re experts in the workings and features of wood-burning stoves, but even we don’t get involved in installations at all. There are specialist installers and we think the job is best left to them.
So, when customers contact us to ask for advice on installing a stove themselves or on recommendations for a suitable installer, our advice is always the same: get in touch with HETAS.
HETAS is the official Government-recognised body for – among other things – the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses for biomass and solid fuel domestic heating appliances.
Just like you’d always consult the official registers of approved businesses for your gas or plumbing work – assuming you’ve taken heed of Anne Robinson’s advice on Watchdog – you should be doing exactly the same for wood-burning stoves.
The temptation to indulge in a spot of DIY might be there, but you ought to resist. And here’s why:
- You’re dealing with poisonous gases. It isn’t just a case of a shelf falling down or something similarly trivial as in other DIY jobs. If you get your stove installation wrong, people could die.
- You need to meet building regulations. A HETAS-approved installer can supply a certificate of compliance on the day. With an unapproved installer – or when doing the job yourself – you’ll have to pay for a building control officer to inspect the work. If you’ve paid a cowboy to do the job and it doesn’t meet building regulations, you’ll be faced with a battle to get your money back.
- You’re liable to make a mess of it. There are lots of things to consider when installing a wood-burning stove. And there are even more internet horror stories of when people have neglected to consider one or more of these things.
- You’ll pick up some useful tips. HETAS-approved installers are experts. They’ll be able to advise you on the most efficient way to operate your stove and answer any other questions you have.
All in all, it’s likely to be cheaper, easier and safer for you to use a HETAS-approved installer. Find your perfect stove at Gr8Fires and then get in touch with HETAS to find an expert installer near you.