Don’t take risks when heating your outbuilding

23 Jul

When considering how to maximise their space, many people will take advantage of outbuildings such as sheds, summerhouses or barns to create extra ‘outdoor’ rooms.

regency fireplaceWhether these are existing buildings or purpose-built, the lure of the great outdoors can result in fabulous home offices, workshops, studios or simply places to relax in peace. And if you want to use your space all year round, what could add more character and charm than a stove?

But if you’re planning to buy a wood burning, pellet burning or multi fuel stove for your structure, don’t take the risk of not having the stove professionally installed.

If your building is a simple one made of wood or stone, you may be tempted to think that you can install a small stove yourself and cut costs by using the cheapest flue options.

All the same safety regulations come into play when installing a stove in a shed or garage as when you’re putting a stove inside your home. Wood in particular is a combustible material and although it’s cheaper to use a single skin flue than to create a special chimney system, these do not have the same heat rating as a double skinned version.

This means that the flue could become too hot, which of course must be avoided at all costs in a wooden building.

Other safety considerations include the fact that you must provide a hearth that is big enough to prevent embers falling onto the wooden floor when you open the stove door.

Rather than cutting costs on safe installation, you could keep down the price of your summer project by buying a second-hand stove instead of a new model. We often have preloved stoves for sale – get in touch with us to find out more and get the best advice on how to stay both warm and safe.

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