Hello and Welcome

Hetas LogoIf you are thinking about installing a wood burning stove you have come to the right place for advice as I am a registered HETAS installer, you can read more about me and my career by clicking on the about me page at the top of this page.

Please feel free to click on any of the tabs at the top of the page

Wood burning stove installation

Chimney Sweep

Chimney Liners

Chimney Cowls

My Gallery – Photos of some of the jobs I have installed


Contact Page

Please contact me if you have any questions. All site visits are free.

Read More…

Wood Burning Stove Installation: Step by Step

How to install a wood burning stove, step by step

Over time I have had many queries from potential customers who wanted to know what is involved when installing a wood burning stove.

This included a potential customer who  asked me the very same question, before suggesting that I should put some photographs on my website so people could see what was involved when installing a stove.

After receiving many “silly quotes” but still really wanting a wood burner the lady came back to me and I did her a ‘labour-only’ quote.
I gave her a shopping list of everything required with advice along the way; everything was purchased online and checked by me, saving her a good few hundred pounds.

The photo’s you are about to view are by one very pleased Caroline who made the suggestion in the first place and a big thank you from me, the photo’s look great.

Let’s get started 🙂

Wood burning Stove installation

No two jobs are exactly the same, but they usually start with some opening up of the chimney space or knocking out an old fireplace. You can see me here knocking out the original opening, which used to be home to a gas fire, and preparing it for a hearth and stove.


How to Wood burning stove instatation

Old gas fire plinth removed and ‘knock-out’ complete, with enough space made to lay the hearth, which is a regulated requirement and has minimum specifications. Next…


How to Wood burning stove instatation

Once all the debris is cleared the next step is to lay the hearth. This is an granite hearth, probably the most popular, but you could also have a tiled, slate, limestone hearth, I have even layed a coloured concrete hearth!

Wood burning stove installation hearth

Hearths have to be fitted to minimum specification as required by the building regulations. If in doubt consult a registered hetas installer.


Wood burning stove installing a chimney linerWood burning stove installing a chimney liner 2Wood burning stove installation













Now for the tricky bit: lining the flue. No chimney is straight and wriggling the liner down a chimney can be a bit a challenge sometimes, but with a bit of patience ….. .

For more information on flue liners CLICK HERE







Wood burning stove installing a chimney liner

With the flue liner installed and the angle bead plastered in, the installation is really started to take shape now.


Wood burning stove installing step by step


Now that the opening has been finally rendered, the opening is very nearly complete….


Wood burning stove installation step by step

The next step is to fit the closure plate, this fit in the top of the fireplace opening and closes the bottom of the chimney, it also allows you to insulate the space around you flue liner, if you wish to. Here you can see me cutting the hole to fit the vitreous enamelled flue pipe though it.


How to install a Wood burning stove

Next, to line the stove up with the flue liner and hole in the register plate, taking great care not to mark the newly layed hearth!


Installing a wood burning stove

Connecting the stove up to the flue line via the vitreous enamelled stove pipe and sealing it in is the last stage before testing the installation.


Fitting a wood burning stove step by step

With everything sealed and fully checked, it’s time for the stove’s first fire. This allows me to make final checks with a real fire in-place.


Step by step wood burning stove installation

One I am happy that the installation is free of any problems, it’s time to put the finishing touches, it this case a ‘floating’ mantel.



How to install a wood burning stove

Voila! another very happy customer.

Many thanks to Caroline for taking and allowing me to use her great photographs.

If you have any queries with your chimney stack, chimney pots small roofing jobs or guttering plus fireplace and or stove installations, please ask and don’t forget I am also a registered NACS chimney sweep, an important annual job that is all too often over-looked!

Thanks for reading


Hunter Herald Double Fronted Wood Burning Stove Installation

This stove installation was a little different: a Hunter Herald double fronted wood burner

Hunter Double Fronted Wood Burner

This installation started out as back to back chimney breasts in two seperate rooms! A fireplace in the kitchen and a fireplace in the living room.

My customer had builders remove the wall separating the two rooms and steel RSJ’s were put in place to support the load.

The builders then opened-up and hearth, which was tiled over. The installation from then required a HETAS installer, which is where I got called in to actually install the stove this included:

  1. Droping the liner down the original chimney
  2. aligning and fitting the stove
  3. fitting the register plate
  4. smoke testing the installation
  5. and checking the updraft etc

Due to it being a double fronted stove it was a bit of a heavy beast, it took five of us to move it! But as you can see it all came together rather well.

Any queries with your chimney stack, chimney pots small roofing jobs and guttering, please ask and don’t forget I am also a registered NACS chimney sweep.

Thanks for reading


Wood Burner Don’t Only Save You Money…..

The mercury in the thermometer is seriously starting to head south, it’s time to put on your woolies as well at the dreaded central heating….eek!

Everyone is interested in saving money on their domestic energy usage with many opting for solar panel to generate electricity and some also add solar heating to their roofs, both of with do save you a significant amount off your energy bills, especially with the feed-in tariffs on offer.

Not many people know, which includes me, that here in the UK you can there is also a heat incentive for solid fuel. If you were to replace your existing boiler with one designed to run on wood pellets and providing you meet the eligibility criteria, the UK Government will pay you 12.2p (at the time or writing) for every KWh of heat that your property is estimated to need every 3 months for the next 7 years.

For further information go to: http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-renwable-heat-incentive

If you are thinking of adding value to your home read the article below….

 Put a wood-burning stove into your fireplace and it could add value to your … – This is Money

http://news.google.com Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:06:17 GMT

This is MoneyPut a wood-burning stove into your fireplace and it could add value to your …This is MoneyMany of us can recall those brutal days when, in the name of modernity, some homeowners began chucking out their old fireplaces and removing awkw …

Read more …

5 tips for fitting and using wood burners – expressandstar.com

http://news.google.com Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:06:07 GMT

expressandstar.com5 tips for fitting and using wood burnersexpressandstar.com1. As great as open fires are in many ways, they are not very energy efficient, at only around 20%. Wood-burning stoves are much more efficient, at around 70-90%, so you get …

Read more …

Edwardian Fireplace Restoration

Edwardian Fireplace Restoration

Edwardian Fireplace Restoration

My customer (Marco) had a badly damaged Edwardian fireplace both tiled panels were damaged beyond repair. Unfortunately the insert was completely broken and had been skipped.

Installing a Wood Burner with NO Chimney Stack!


No Chimney StackNot only did this recent client have no chimney stack, the property was located in a conservation area, and like many they really, really wanted a wood burner. So I really had a tough job on my hands. Read More…

How to Get The Best Performance Out of Your Wood Burner

If you have any questions about your current wood burner, or if you are thinking of having a wood burner installed please feel free to contact me.

For those of you still going to the petrol station to get your fuel especially the wood products that have been stood out in the rain and damp rotting, try www.woofwoodfuel.co.uk. Excellent quality and a wide range of products to burn plus advice if you need any.