Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not covered here please do not hesitate to contact me.

Do you supply stoves?

Yes I can get discounts on most stoves but as an independent installer I am not tied to any brands so I can advise you on the best appliance to suit your needs.

Do I need to have my masonry chimney relined when having a stove installed?

Although flue relining is not mandatory it is always advisable to ensure maximum efficiency and to construct a flue system that is safe and easy to clean. In a new build property with clay or concrete chimney construction stoves can be installed without lining, as a guide most houses built before 1966 will need to be relined.

Will my flue need to be insulated?

Insulating the flue with vermiculite granules is optional but I would always advise having it. The insulation keeps the flue warm right to the top of the house and improves the stoves efficiency, it also holds the flue in place and can be an indicator if the liner should break down in the future.

Will the work need to be signed off with HETAS?

I can certify any work that I do as long as it conforms to building regulations and can notify building control on your behalf. This can become an issue when the house is sold as agents can ask to see certification for any fireplaces.

Will the work create much mess?

Some of the work can be dusty. We would prepare for the worst and fully sheet the area we are working in. For very old or blocked chimneys I may arrange to have to have the flue swept prior to installation.

Will my open fire need an air-vent?

In order to conform to regulations, yes. The size of the throat (the opening at the top of your fireplace, where the smoke enters the chimney) will dictate what size air vent you need. It must be permanently open. The only way of having a fire without air vents is to get a stove with less than 5kilowatt output.

My house has no chimney, can I still have a stove installed?

Yes, a twin wall system can be installed in this instance, ideally running up through the rooms above, where the flue would need to be boxed in. Or out of the wall behind the stove and up the outside of the house.

My chimney breast has been blocked off can I still have a stove?

Yes I can clear fireplace chambers, enlarge openings and fit lintels. If you have a gas fire currently installed I can arrange for a gassafe plumber to remove it and cap off the gas supply.