Solid Fuel Stoves
When I starting serving my five-year apprentice back in 1970s the solid fuel back boiler was a popular central heating system. It looks like we have now come full circle as the solid fuel stoves are very much back in vogue.
So let’s start with the basic fundamental and what is the installation of same to comply with. This would be the current Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document Part J Heat Producing Appliances. This is the standard that all solid stoves are supposed to be fitted to. Whether or not they comply with this standard or not is open to debate.
The installation of a solid fuel is best left to a professional accredited solid fuel stove installer. Hetas is a UK body for certification of wood burning stove installers. Kevin Farrelly thedublinplumber.ie has been accredited by this organization and can issue you a certificate of compliance we the solid fuel stove has been installed.
If your solid fuel stove has been either been incorrectly or badly fitted resulting in damage or a serious incident your insurance company may ask you to supply a certificate of compliance for the appliance.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The solid fuel stove can be installed in an existing fireplace fitted as a secondary heat source from your main central heating system. The stove is also available as a back boiler unit and can be retro fitted into your primary heating system. This kind of installation is typically called an interlink system where you marry the two heating systems together.
The fuel used in your solid fuel is very important, only dry wood should be burned in this type of appliance. Using wood with high moisture content or any type of painted or treated could be problematic. The problem being that the result of this may cause a blockage in the flue or chimney which can be a very dangerous situation.
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