Four reasons why it’s DAFT to fit your own woodburning stove.
It’s DANGEROUS. Whether it’s clambering around on your roof with a huge coil of razor-edged flexible liner on your shoulder, or lugging and shunting around over a hundred kilograms of stove, there are few aspects of fitting a stove that can’t cause you grievous injury. Is it really worth the risk?
ASSURANCE. Getting your stove fitted by a HETAS-registered installer from a well-established company gives you the peace of mind of knowing that the job has been done properly and that help is just a phone call away if you have any concerns.
FLAMMABLE. You’re going to be burning wood. It’s going to get really hot. If anything goes wrong, you can have any number of serious problems. If it’s just a question of a really bad smell every time you light your stove, then at least you might only have to take the whole apparatus to bits and do it all again. On the other hand, if you’ve burnt your house down, the solution might be a little more complicated.
It’s TECHNICAL. Unless you’re well-versed in Building Regulations and have years of specific experience, there’s a lot to get wrong. So much, in fact, that even Building Inspectors can sometimes overlook aspects of the plethora of rules and regulations. And mistakes, as in any building project, can be expensive to rectify. A HETAS-approved installer is specifically trained for this niche market, and can sign off on your installation, saving you the significant expense of a Building Inspection.
So, unless you relish protracted arguments with local-government bureaucrats, crave the adrenaline rush of fire-brigade dependency, have a passion for constantly tinkering with appliances that don’t work properly, can’t bear boring ‘peace of mind’ and love risking life and limb, we strongly recommend using professionals to fit your stove. It would be daft not to.