Every year over one hundred thousand wood burning stoves are fitted in the UK.
Some are fitted by a registered “HETAS” tradesman (other organisations also have registered fitters but Hetas are the most high-profile www.hetas.co.uk). This is the easiest but most costly route as somebody else does all the work, follows all of the regulations and signs off the paperwork. Beware though - being registered does not mean they will provide quality work or service: training courses are mostly classroom-based and, like any industry, there are plenty of bodge merchants out there.
Others happily self-install using Building Control (part of your local council) to sign everything off. No special tools or testing equipment required but you will need to know your Building Regulations with regard to wood burning stoves. I have seen many very high quality installs by self-installers who often have the time and motivation to complete to a very high standard. To be fair I have also seen some poor work as well.
Many choose to do it themselves without involving any authority at all. In England and Wales this is very naughty.
In Scotland (as of 2019) you often do not need anybody’s permission to fit a solid fuel stove or chimney flue (see image at the foot of this page).
Why is it considered safe for a person who lives in Scotland to self install with no checks required – but in England and Wales we all need to pay to have the boxes ticked because we are deemed less competent? Julian Patrick
In England and Wales the installation of wood burning and multifuel stoves (or any solid fuel appliance) is “controlled” under the Building Regulations, as is the relining or installation of flues and chimneys associated with such heat producing appliances. Did you know that fitting a new loo is also “controlled”? The rest of this article therefore applies to England and Wales (see foot of article for rules in Scotland).