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Wood burning stove in a shed chimney kit


Wood burning stove in a shed: everything you require

If like many people, your shed is your refuge, then you want to make it as comfortable as possible. This means finding a way to keep it heated during the colder months. A small wood burning stove is the perfect solution. It can completely transform a cold and unwelcoming shed into a warm and cosy retreat. If you're just considering the idea or wondering about installing a wood burner, then you probably have a lot of questions.

Installation is probably a lot easier than you might think. usually no permissions are required and no certificates. DIY is not a difficult task as the chimney system is "clip-together" and because it is a shed we are not working at a great height.

Why not install a wood burning stove in your shed?

Our kit is also suitable for garages, shacks, home-offices, boats, vans, shepherd's huts and caravans.

What exactly is included to fit my wood burning stove in a shed?

1. Sticky-back fireproof webbing to seal joint between stove and adaptor.
2. Adaptor fits between stove and first twin wall part.
3. 2x 500mm, 2x 1000mm (you can choose to have 3x 1000 - we recommend having the 500's so you can move parts around to ensure joint does not conflict with ceiling or flashing).
4. Weathering Cowl: good all rounder, prevents rain, birds, downdrafts.
5. Adjustable bracket 130-210mm (can upgrade to 225-385mm if required). Or choose to swap for a roof/rafter support. More information further down this page.
6. Finishing plate (sticks to shed ceiling with dabs of silicon glue).
7. Roof flashing (choose aluminium if you have tiles on your shed or EDPM for zinc, felt, corrugated, fibreglass etc.).
8. One locking band per joint is supplied.

Why "twin wall all the way to the stove" rather than using some single skin? We recommend twin wall all the way because it ensures a much stronger chimney but also the gases are kept as hot as possible and this aids draw and performance (the shorter the chimney the more this is important).

Not quite what you require? Contact us and we will adapt it as required and even offer a full and free design service:

All parts detailed here

DIY? Read our in-depth installation guide to assist get your log burner fitted in your shed

Hide the bracket

If you do not wish to see a bracket in the shed (or have no wall within reach) you can choose instead to fit a roof/rafter support that fits in the roof space or directly on the ceiling. You do not need a rafter support AND a wall bracket although you can choose to go this route if you wish.

Note that this part may need "hiding" in the void of the roofspace or may be "on show" on a ceiling. You can box it in of course, as long as you ensure all distance to combustibles regulations are followed (7cm minimum air gap between twin wall and combustible material).

Distance to combustibles article

Removeable Flue Section

You might wish to replace the bottom length of twin wall with a "removable" section so the stove can be removed as desired without dismantling the chimney. Building regs does state that a stove should be removable without dismantling a chimney so this can be wise. Our thoughts with such a short chimney are that the chimney is so easy to dismantle anyway this point is rather moot. Note also that Building Regulations are usually not relevant for properties not connected to a main dwelling (don't take our word for it for every situation).

If you do choose to opt for this part it has its own built in adaptor.

More about this part here including detailed images of the exploded part

Add Additional Lengths

Need to add any extra lengths? You can choose your items here. Do not forget that every extra length requites a narrow locking band as these are not included by default.

You can have up to 1.8 metres of unsupported flue (so 2 metres above the highest bracket or roof support). If more than 1.5 metres unsupported (but less than 2 metres) please add a "wide locking band" to the first joint above the highest bracket /roof support.

Best small wood burning stoves for a shed

All of these stoves have been tested by us and are the best of the bunch when it comes to heating small spaces.

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Useful Design Video (6-minutes)

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What Are The Benefits Of a Wood Burning Stove In My Shed?

A wood burning stove is a great way to heat your shed or summer house. You don't have to worry about electricity or plumbing running out to your shed. All you have to do is build a fire when you want it, and your respite from the world will be heated. Wood stoves not only offer heat, but they also create a welcoming and relaxing feel to the space.

If you can choose the location of your stove so that it can be seen from your garden, then you can enjoy your fire all year round and make your garden a more enjoyable place to be. This can be ideal for dining al fresco, or for keeping a garden party going after the sun has set. Stoves and the warm glow of a fire can give your garden much more potential so you can use it long into the night.

How Much Does A Stove Cost?

For a small wood burning stove, prices start from as little as £475 and range up to around £1,000. If you have a larger shed that can take a larger stove, then the price may be higher than this, depending on the style and make of the stove.

If getting an installer in you will also need to budget for the installation costs. The exact price for installation will vary a great deal depending on the exact locations and type of shed or summerhouse you have. You can expect prices in the range of £500 plus the cost of the materials (probably another £500).

Of course, if you are self installing it is just the cost of the materials and this kit will be perfect.

What Type Of Stove Is Best?

There are a lot of styles of stove to choose from. For a shed, you will usually want a small wood burning stove. Some have integrated log storage which can be handy, as it will save you from going out in the cold when your stove needs topping up with combustibles.

Ultimately, it is a matter of preference. The best stove is one that fits in the space, and that you like the design of. Check out the small stoves on this page or view all of our stoves.

What Size Stove??

For most summerhouse spaces, a 4kW stove is probably the right choice. You can use a calculator to check what heat output would be best (you can find out more here). This is based on the space inside your shed. However, unless you have a huge shed, a 4kW stove output is probably the right size for you. While small, it will produce a lovely cosy fire and plenty of heat.

These are small wood burners that will heat the room well but not take up too much room. Remember, you must consider the available area. Please try to measure the height and length carefully – they can take up more space than you think!

Does It Matter Where The Stove Goes?

If you can, it is best to make sure that the flue of the stove will be more than 2.3m in length from the outer wall of your home (see the 6 minute video on this page). Flues closer than this have to be taller than your home. If it's beyond this distance, it only has to be 1m above the top of your shed's roofline. For best results a minimum m of chimney height above the stove is required (higher the chimney the better the draw). Inside the shed, the stove should be no closer than specified in the stove manual to the nearest combustible material. See our article Distance to Combustibles.

Can I Legally Put A Wood Burning Stove In My Shed?

Most sheds are compatible with wood burning stoves and, usually, if not attached to the main house no signing-off or permission is required. It's easiest to install them in outhouses that have wood or metal roofs. If your shed has a glass or plastic roof, then it can be more challenging to install the flue pipe and chimney (see our article about stoves in a conservatory).

How Do You Install A Wood Burning Stove In A Shed?

First, you choose the location. Then a heat resistant surface is placed (the hearth), if there isn't already one. The stove is placed on the hearth.

Next, heat shields are placed on any walls near the stove to protect them from getting too hot. A hole is made in the roof for the flue pipe and chimney which is then constructed. Finally, the roof flashing is sealed back up around the flue. Easy peasy!

Do You Need Planning Permission For A Log Burner?

In most cases, the answer is no. You would have to be somewhere unusual to require permission and you would probably already be aware of this situation.

What Should I Put Behind My Wood Stove?

Any vertical combustible surfaces near your stoves should be protected with a heat shield. This is a non-combustible material that will protect the roof and walls of your shed. Heat shields are made from non-combustible materials, and they are fitted with a small air gap between the wall and the shield.

Depending on the location of your stove, and the layout of your shed, you may need shields at both the back and side of the stove.

See our article Distance to Combustibles.

Want To Find Out More?

Get in touch for free, friendly advice, more information or to book your stove assessment by filling out our contact form. We'll respond quickly by phone or email.  

Useful Links

Lots of useful articles in our Stovefitter's Manual

In particular:

Can I fit my own stove? (if property not being lived in and separate to main dwelling then no Building Control permissions required e.g. Home Office, Garden Shed etc.)

Distance to Combustibles and Heat Shields

Hearth design and materials

Read our Full Installation Guide here

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