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From The Stovefitter's Manual (DIY and wood burners) by Julian Patrick

Frequently Asked Question

Easy guides to installing your wood burning stove

What is a wood burning stove?

Sometimes referred to as log burners these appliances burn wood in order to heat the air in a room or space. A multifuel appliance is different and, as well as burning wood, can also burn smokeless fuel and coal. Some appliances can be upgraded with a multifuel kit to convert to multifuel. Stoves are generally made of steel or cast-iron. Some stoves are "steel with a cast iron door".

What is the best logburner you can buy?

In our opinion, the DG Ivar available in 5kW and 8kW (the video below shows the Ivar 8), or for a real statement check out the DG Odin (image above). If that is too much to spend then check out the Saltfire wood stoves range or Firewire brand. All on our page best wood burning stoves 5kW

If lining a chimney we suggest a good quality 904 chimney liner and a high quality chimney liner fitting pack.

We stock many of the finest UK brands including DG, Saltfire, Hobbit, Hamlet, Ekol, Arada, Flavel, Heta Island Pellet Stoves and more.

We test stoves, one stove a month and disregard any models found wanting.

Our top sellers are DG Ivar 5, Hobbit, Saltfire Peanut Bignut, Saltfire Peanut 5, Firewire, Flavel Arundel, Hamlet Solution 5 Widescreen, DG Ivar 8, Saltfire Scout, Woodford Lowry, Saltfire Peanut 3, Heta Inspire 45 and Ekol Applepie.

Is a woodburner better for the environment than an open fire?

Yes. A modern efficient Ecodesign stove emits 80% less particulates into the atmosphere than an open fire and this assists in government's clean air policies. Wood is also a renewable resource.

What is the heat output of a typical wood burning stove?

In the UK about 75% of stoves sold are 4-5kW (typical British lounge). 20% are 8kW (large room). The rest are between 9-20kW. See what size wood burning stove?

How much should I spend on a wood stove?

Cheapest £300-£500. Middle range £500-£800. Most expensive £800+ with few venturing above £1500.

What is the cost of an average wood stove installation?

Approx. costs if you have a chimney: £750-£1,000 (save £500 by self-installing).

Approx. costs if you have a chimney but need the fireplace "opening up": £1,600-£2,000 (save £1200 by self-installing).

Approx. costs if you do not have a chimney and need a flue: Shed £425-£600. Bungalow £1500. 2-storey house £2500. Save £1,000-£1400 by self-installing.

Above figures include labour and materials but no appliance.

We, of course, advise you to purchase your stove and materials from Stovefitter's to ensure quality goods are installed (some installers use budget materials to increase margin).

We do not fit stoves.

Ekol ApplePie Wood Burning Stove

Can I self install?

Yes, you can legally self install. However, installation of stoves and flue is notifiable and does need signing off by a registered installer in a suitable scheme or your local council's Building Control Department. With regard to the latter some councils are really helpful and do this all the time, whilst others may refuse to help even though it is their statutory duty to assist.

Do it yourself and get an installer to sign it off at the end? Some will but many will not. What they will usually do is let you do some of the work (e.g. do all the fireplace and hearth work and just leave them the actual stove-install). We advise you to purchase appliances and materials from us to ensure a high-quality product is installed (some installers use budget materials to increase profit margins).

If you are thinking of self-installing your wood burner then you will find our Stovefitter's Manual site very useful, with a wealth of helpful 'How To' articles.

The following are some of our most popular articles:

Do Stovefitter's install wood burning stoves?

Despite the name, Stovefitter's does not do installations or fittings. We do sell all the goods required for the job and we are well known for assisting people who desire to self-install.

We can provide you with a list of installers in your area and are happy to help in the unlikely event of your install not going to plan.

We have a selection of Easy Guides (shown above) as well as a comprehensive DIY Installation Manual written by Stovefitter's owner Julian Patrick (that's me).

Is it easy to buy spare parts or glass for a wood burning stove?

Yes very easy.

For replacement parts we suggest an online search

For replacement glass requirements we recommend Replacement Glass Ltd.

Ecodesign, SIA and DEFRA. What do they mean?

If you live in a Smoke Control Area you will need to choose a wood-burning stove approved by DEFRA to burn wood in the area (legal requirement). These are generally described as "Defra approved".

The SIA logo recognises wood burning stoves that meet the Ecodesign Ready regulations that will come into place in 2022. These regs are designed to ensure burners are cleaner and less polluting. Appliances installed before this time do not legally need to meet this requirement.

Ekol ApplePie Stove in a Yurt

I don't have a chimney. What should I do?

If you don't have a chimney you will require a clip together twin wall system for your log burner.

You can read through our helpful Installing a twin wall flue chimney guide.

You might also find this guide to chimney regulations useful (short useful video included).

You can buy the individual components from us, or a bespoke designed twin wall system

By Julian Patrick

Julian Patrick is the author of The Stovefitter's Manual and an experienced wood burning stove installer (including solid fuel heating systems).

Laid down tools in 2013 to write The Stove Fitter's Manual and open a small shop in North Wales (the Wood Stove Hut). Launched Stovefitter's Warehouse soon after due to fast growth of sales.

Own stove is a DG Ivar 5.


We will happily strive to match any price you may have from any other supplier as long as the other supplier has it in stock.
Offered an "ex-display" or "shop soiled"? We will strive to offer you a new stove for the same price.

Julian Patrick, author of the Stovefitter's Manual

Stovefitter's Warehouse is owned and managed by Julian Patrick, blogger and author of The Stove Fitter's Manual. Julian was previously a full-time installer of wood-burning stoves (including solid fuel heating systems). He laid down the tools in 2013 to write his stove manual and open a small shop in North Wales (the Wood Stove Hut, soon to grow into The Stovefitter's Warehouse).