Do I need a Hetas certificate for my wood burner?

YES: Simply ask for a copy of the certificate of compliance. This usually has a small cost involved. This will confirm the installation is compliant. If you are still uncomfortable, you can contact a local HETAS installer to inspect the works and advise you.

What are the regulations for installing a wood burner?

Log Burner Hearth Regulations

  • The hearth must extend at least 300mm to the front and 150mm to either side.
  • The full area of the hearth should be at least 840x840mm.
  • It must be at least 12mm thick.

Do you need a fire guard with a log burner?

A fire guard is not as necessary with a wood-burning stove as it is an open fire since there are no sparks flying around. But it can still be a wise move to use one if you have children or animals in your home who don’t appreciate just how hot the stove is when it’s in use.

Are wood burners being phased out?

Yes – Open fires and fireplaces will no longer be able to be sold as solid fuel heating appliances after 2022.

Can you install wood burner yourself?

Logistically, yes, you can install a wood-burning stove yourself: it’s a fairly straightforward DIY job. But there are a few reasons why we recommend you leave the installation to a professional from a competent person scheme.

Is it law to have a fire guard?

There is no law saying you have to have a fireguard. You HAVE to keep children safe and protected from harm so providing you can prove that you do this adequately in an alternative manner then no you don’t have to have one. However, only you can ultimately decide if you need a fireguard.

Does a fire guard stop the heat?

In short the guard does not stop the heat but can get too hot to touch.

Can I install a log burner myself?

The most qualified people to do this are HETAS stove installers. While you can install a stove yourself, unless you have your own HETAS certificate you will need to have it inspected for safety by local authorities.