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Installing a Wood Burner – Everything You Need to Know

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Wood-burner stoves have not surprising become increasingly popular due to the rising cost of energy. As many more homeowners consider installing them as a more affordable long-term heating alternative. This guide shares detail on installing a wood burner and everything else you need to know.

Installing a wood burner – regulations

Any installation of a wood-burning stove in the UK must comply with all applicable regulations. To ensure safety and reduce environmental impact.

Regulations were updated around the installation of wood-burning stoves in 2022.

Key things to bear in mind before you install a wood burner are:

Building regulations

Any installation of a wood-burning stove must comply with UK Building Regulations. This means that the stove must be installed by a registered installer who will ensure that the installation meets the appropriate standards.

Emissions standards

Wood-burning stoves must meet strict emissions standards to reduce the number of harmful pollutants released into the air. As of 2022, all wood-burning stoves sold in the UK must be certified to meet the latest emissions standards, known as Ecodesign Ready.


Only certain types of wood and other fuels are allowed to be burned in a wood burner. The fuel must be kiln-dried or really well-seasoned and should not contain any contaminants or additives.

Chimney requirements

The chimney or flue must be to a specific height and angle to ensure proper ventilation and made of the correct materials.

Distance from combustibles

Wood-burning stoves should also be installed a certain distance away from walls, floors, and other combustible materials. The specific clearance requirements may vary depending on the type of stove and nearby materials.

Carbon monoxide detectors

It is a legal requirement in the UK to have a carbon monoxide detector in any room where there’s a wood-burning stove.


Anyone installing a wood-burning stove in the UK must be HETAS or Gas Safe registered.

How much does it cost to install a wood burner?

The cost of installing a wood burner in the UK can vary depending on several factors, for example – the size and type of stove, the complexity of the installation, and the location of the property.

Below is a rough estimate for a basic installation of a wood burner:

  • The cost of the stove itself can range from around £500 to over £2,000 depending on the size, style, and brand.
  • The cost of installation by a professional installer can range from £500 to £1,500 depending on the complexity of the installation.
  • The cost of a new chimney or flue installation can range from £300 to £1,500 depending on the materials and complexity.
  • The cost of a hearth installation can range from £100 to £500 depending on the materials used.

Overall, the total cost can range from around £1,500 to £5,000 or more.

It is important to get a detailed quote from a professional installer to estimate the costs involved. Also, don’t forget to factor in ongoing costs such as fuel (and where you’ll store it), maintenance, and cleaning.

Pros and cons of a wood burner

Pros of a wood burner

  1. Cost-effective heating – Wood is often cheaper than other heating fuels like gas and electricity. Therefore using a wood-burning stove can help you save money on your heating bills.
  2. Environmental benefits – Wood is a renewable energy source, and burning it releases less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than burning fossil fuels. This means that using a wood-burning stove can be a more environmentally friendly way to heat your home.
  3. Heat output – Wood-burning stoves can provide a lot of heat, making them ideal for larger rooms or open-plan spaces.
  4. Aesthetics – Many people find the sight and sound of a wood-burning stove to be very appealing. A stove can add a cosy and rustic feel to a room, and can even become a focal point.
  5. Power cuts -During a power cut, a wood-burning stove can be a reliable source of heat and light.

Cons of a wood burner:

  1. Maintenance – Wood-burning stoves require regular maintenance, for example – cleaning the chimney and removing ash from the firebox. Which can be time-consuming and messy.
  2. Fire hazards – Wood-burning stoves can pose a fire hazard if not used properly. You should always take care to use the stove safely and avoid letting the fire get too hot.
  3. Limited availability of wood – In some areas, wood may be difficult to obtain and store, therefore making it less practical as a fuel source.
  4. Initial installation costs – Installing a wood-burning stove can be expensive, especially if you need a new chimney or flue.

Should you get a wood burner?

A wood-burning stove can be a great choice if you’re looking for an efficient and environmentally friendly heating option. However, it is important to consider the maintenance requirements and potential drawbacks before making your decision.

Last Updated: July 14th, 2023

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