By Julian Patrick
By Julian Patrick
Welcome to the original Stovefitter’s DIY Manual. My name is Julian Patrick and I have fitted hundreds of stoves. My aim is to assist you to safely and legally self-install. It is legal and is not, as the saying goes, rocket science.
With a stove installation almost everything affects something else: fit the lintel low and there may be no room for the flue configuration; make the hearth too high and a required height clearance suddenly reduces; buy the stove first and then read the stove manual to find out the stove won’t fit into your small recess with the air gap desired by the manufacturer; line your recess then wish you’d put the closure plate in first.
Also – you don’t want to fall out with Building Regs or do anything unsafe.
Therefore this manual and the relevant building regulations should be read in its entirety and fully understood BEFORE you buy a stove or start work.
This site provides detailed instructions on all areas of wood burning/multifuel stove-fitting and there is no reason why you cannot do much, or all, of an install, yourself.
Hesitant? Need us at the end of the phone during your install? Order your stove/materials from us and we’ll be here for you.
DOCUMENT J BUILDING REGS: MINIMUM STANDARDS
Happy stove fitting.
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.
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).